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Social Work

SOWK 1300 - Introduction to Social Work (3 credits)

Focus on the profession of social work, its historical roots, its values and its fields of practice. Open to all students. Required before taking all other SOWK courses except SOWK 2300. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 2190-2690 - Selected Issues in Social Work (1-6 credits)

Introduction to specialized topics chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SOWK 2300 - Social Welfare Policy: Programs and Services (3 credits)

Descriptive overview of contemporary social welfare policies and programs and the role of social work within them. Open to all students. Required of social work majors. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3311 - Principles of Generalist Social Work Practice I (3 credits)

First in a sequence of three practice courses. Beginning principles of generalist social work practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations and communities. Emphasis on skills building and theory application. Prerequisite: SOWK 1300, SOWK 2300, or equivalents and formal admission to BSW program. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3312 - Principles of Generalist Social Work Practice II (3 credits)

Second in a sequence of three practice courses. The course builds on generalist foundation principles with specific theoretical and core concepts of direct social work practice. Prerequisite: SOWK 3311 and formal admission to the BSW program. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3321 - Social Welfare Policy: Analysis and Practice (3 credits)

Study of social welfare policy, policy analysis, and policy practice. Open to all students. Prerequisite: SOWK 1300, SOWK 2300 or equivalents. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3331 - Human Behavior: Individual and Families (3 credits)

Process of human growth and development from conception through adulthood; family process and development is integrated. Student may not receive credit for PSYC 2355. Open to all students. Prerequisites: SOWK 1300 or equivalent. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3332 - Human Behavior: Groups, Organizations, and Communities (3 credits)

Human behavior in groups, organizations and communities within the context of political, social economics, and cultural systems. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW program. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3333 - Human Behavior and Diverse Populations (3 credits)

Emphasis on theoretical content focusing on diverse populations. Historical, political, and economic factors that contribute to privilege, power, oppression, and social injustices. Prerequisite: SOWK 1300. Open to non-social work students. SOWK 3333 is a prerequisite for BSW Program admission. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3383 - Leadership, Women, and Spirituality (3 credits)

Same as LEAD 3383, RLST 3383, WMST 3383.

SOWK 4330 - Violence in Communities and Families (3 credits)

Same as SOCI 4330, PSYC 4330.

SOWK 4380 - Selected Topics in Social Work (3 credits)

In-depth study of specialized topic chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: SOWK 1300 with consent of instructor.

SOWK 4383 - Social Work Research Methods (3 credits)

Foundations of social-behavioral research with emphasis on their application in social work. Attention to assessment of social work practice and evaluation of social programs. Prerequisites: Formal admission to BSW program and one of the following: PSYC 3381 or SOCI 3311 or equivalent. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 4452 - Social Work Field Education (4 credits)

Students apply social work knowledge, skills, and values in an assigned human service agency under direct professional supervision of a licensed master social worker and the educational direction of the Worden School faculty. A minimum of 510 clock hours must be completed in the agency. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisites: Enrollment in practicum requires successful completion of 27 hours in social work with a GPA of 2.5 or higher in those courses and completion of all other requirements for an OLLU degree, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 4552 - Social Work Field Education (5 credits)

Students apply social work knowledge, skills, and values in an assigned human service agency under direct professional supervision of a licensed master social worker and the educational direction of the Worden School faculty. A minimum of 510 clock hours must be completed in the agency. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisites: Enrollment in practicum requires successful completion of 27 hours in social work with a GPA of 2.5 or higher in those courses and completion of all other requirements for an OLLU degree, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. Fee: $30. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 5314 - Generalist Practice in Direct Service (3 credits)

Third in sequence of three practice courses. This integrative seminar serves as the BSW major capstone course. Students demonstrate understanding of micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice through integration of skills, knowledge, and values essential to generalist social work practice. May not be taken Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Open only to social work majors currently registered in Field Experience (SOWK 4452 and SOWK 4552). Fee: $30. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 5315 - Child Welfare (3 credits)

Explores policy, research and practice in the child welfare field with emphasis on the Child Protective Services system. Same as SOCI 5315, PSYC 5315. May be taken once for either undergraduate or graduate credit. Offered: Fall, Spring. Open only to seniors; may not be substituted for required courses in the social work major; may not be reserved by undergraduates for MSW credit.

SOWK 5316 - Services to Women and Children Exposed To Violence (3 credits)

Overview of research and current practice models for women and children exposed to violence. This course is taught from a feminist perspective. Special emphasis on program development and interviewing females and children ages 0-6. Same as PSYC 5316, SOCI 5316, WMST 4316.

SOWK 5317 - Social Work Practice in Bilingual-Bicultural Environments (3 credits)

To prepare students to practice social work with the Mexican American/Spanish-speaking population in the Southwest, including techniques necessary in the bilingual-bicultural environment. The course fulfills the requirements for students in the social work program biliterate track. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW program, SOWK 3311, SOWK 3312. SOWK 3312 may be taken concurrently. Must be admitted to the Biliterate program or able to pass the Modern Language Association Exams.

SOWK 5330 - Violence Prevention and Intervention (3 credits)

Same as SOCI 5330, PSYC 5330.

SOWK 5368 - Sociology of Aging (3 credits)

Same as GERO 5368, PSYC 5368, SOCI 5368.

SOWK 5380 - Seminar in Social Work (3 credits)

Enables students to work in small groups with a range of social work content. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Open only to seniors; may not be substituted for required courses in the social work major; may not be reserved by undergraduates for MSW credits.