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Social Work

College of Health and Human Services

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Social Work - Undergraduate Courses

LOWER DIVISION

220. Introduction to Social Welfare (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE foundation requirements.
Offers an understanding of social welfare, and the knowledge, values, and skills essential to social work practice. It examines historical and philosophical perspectives including cultural, economic, political, and social forces.

221. Introduction to Social Welfare Practicum (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor; Corequisite: SW 220.
Lecture classes and visiting and observing approved social service agencies and allied activities.
Open to social work majors only. Credit/No Credit grading only.

UPPER DIVISION

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

330. Human Behavior and Social Environment: Birth through Adolescence (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Multi-dimensional development from conception through adolescence is explored by examining expectations, resources and barriers presented by mainstream society. Influences of culture, ethnicity, family systems, socioeconomic status, sexism and racism are assessed for their impact on healthy child development.
Letter grade only (A-F).

331. Human Behavior and Social Environment: Young Adulthood through Old Age (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Multi-dimensional development in adulthood is explored by examining expectations, resources and barriers presented by mainstream society. Influences of culture, ethnicity, family systems, socioeconomic status, sexism and racism are assessed for their impact on healthy adult development.
Letter grade only (A-F).

340. Generalist Social Work Practice (3)

Prerequisites: SW 220, 221, 330, 350. Corequisite: SW 341.
Social work practice as a helping process with all size systems. Social work knowledge, ethics, values, principles, professional relationships, interviewing and beginning assessment and intervention phases are examined. The activities of the social worker in resolution of psychosocial problems.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

341. Social Work Practicum (3)

Corequisite: SW 331, 340, and 351. Supervised practicum in an applied social service agency or allied setting for a minimum of 80 hours (8 hours per week for 10 weeks).
Social work field practice includes interviewing, assessment, and intervention activities.
Credit/No Credit grading only. Open to social work majors only. Not open for credit to students with credit in SW 340A.

350. Social Policy: Law and Court Decisions (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Social policy as defined in legislation and judicial decisions affecting the rights of individual families, minorities, and the general welfare.
Letter grade only (A-F).

351. Social Policy: Formulation and Analysis (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Policy formulation and analysis related to social welfare institutions and major social welfare policies and programs. Current values and issues in social welfare policy.
Letter grade only (A-F).

406A. Applications of Social Work with Older Adults (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and upper division status.
Provides an intergenerational service learning experience.
Students learn about the bio-psycho-social dimensions of the aging process and group work. This knowledge is applied by students when they co-facilitate weekly discussion support groups with older adults in independent living communities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

406B. Applications of Social Work with Older Adults (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and upper division status.
Advanced group work with older adults in independent living communities. Students will co-facilitate weekly discussion support groups applying bio-psycho-social theories. Course can be a continuation of SW 406A, or may be taken separately.
Letter grade only (A-F).

440. Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups (3)

Prerequisites: SW 331, 340, 341. Corequisite: SW 495A.
Adaptation of generalist frameworks of social work practice to generalist group approaches. Analysis of dynamics, theories, and principles underlying group practice. Programs, practice techniques, and roles involved with groups.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

441. Generalist Social Work Practice with Communities and Institutions (3)

Prerequisites: SW 331, 340, 341, 351. Corequisite: S W 495B.
Adaptation of generalist frameworks of social work practice to generalist approaches to community and institutional applications. Analysis of theories and principles underlying community practice. Adaptation of theories and activities to organizational contexts. Techniques and activities applicable to communities and neighborhoods.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

442. Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (3)

Prerequisites: SW 331, 340, 341. Corequisite: SW 495A.
Adaptation of generalist frameworks of social work practice to generalist practice with individuals and families. Theories, techniques, activities, and role of social workers; differential approaches to study, assessment, intervention, and helping processes.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

465. Research Methods in Social Work (3)

Prerequisites: SW 440 and 442 and one course in elementary statistics. Corequisite: SW 441, 465 and 495B.
Introduction to research methods in social work with an emphasis on the evaluation of social work interventions and agency programs.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

490. Special Topics in Social Work (1-4)

Topics of special interest in social work for intensive study.
Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units with different topics. Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

495A. Field Experience in Social Work (7)

Prerequisites: SW 330, 331, 340, 341, 350, 351. Corequisite: SW 440 and SW 442.
Open to senior social work majors only. First of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency.
Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours in internship. Credit/No Credit grading only.

495B. Field Experience in Social Work (7)

Prerequisites: SW 442 and 495A. Corequisite: Enrollment in two of the following: SW 440, 441, and 465.
Open to senior social work majors only. Second of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency.
Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours in internship. Credit/No Credit grading only.

499. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study of special topics under supervision of a faculty member.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).