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Social Work

SOWK 1300 - INTRODUCTION TO SOWK (3 Credits)

Overview of social work, its historical roots, the profession's principles and values, fields of practice, and methods of intervention. 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 SERVICE (3 Credits)

Descriptive overview of historical and contemporary social welfare policies and programs, and the role of social work in policy development and implementation. Required for social work majors open to all students. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3311 - PRINCIPLES OF GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I (3 Credits)

Introduction to general social work practice with micro, mezzo, and macro systems. Emphasis on basic skill building, the need for culturally sensitive practice and theory-driven intervention. Prerequisite: Admission to BSW program. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3312 - PRINCIPLES OF GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (3 Credits)

Application of general social work practice knowledge, skills and values to professional intervention with individuals, families, and small groups. Emphasis on culturally sensitive practice, theory-driven intervention and evaluation of practice. Prerequisite: SOWK 3311 and admission to the BSW program. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3321 - SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY: ANALYSIS AND PRACTICE (3 Credits)

Study of social welfare policy, the processes that influence social policy, and on developing conceptual tools for social policy analysis. Open to all students. Prerequisite: SOWK 2300 or equivalent. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3331 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR: INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES (3 Credits)

Focus on process of human growth and development from pre-conception through death; cultural systems, family process and development are 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 COMMUNITY (3 Credits)

Study of human behavior in groups, organizations and communities within the context of political, social economic, global, and cultural systems. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW Program. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 3333 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATION (3 Credits)

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

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)

Introduction to quantitative and qualitative social work research methods and ethics including the political and cultural context impacting research studies and findings. Attention to assessment of social work practice and evaluation of social programs. Prerequisites: Admission to BSW program and successful completion of PSYC 3381 or SOCI 3311 Offered: Fall, Spring

SOWK 4452 - SOCIAL WORK FIELD PLACEMENT (4 Credits)

Field placement in a human service organization under the instruction and supervision of a licensed master level social worker. Emphasis on effective application of general social work practice, values, skills and knowledge in an agency setting. A minimum of 510 agency-based clock hours must be completed. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Must be taken concurrently with SOWK 5314. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 27 hours in social work; social work GPA of 2.5 or higher, overall GPA of 2.0 or higher, and completion of all other requirements for an OLLU degree. Fee: $30. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 4552 - SOCIAL WORK FIELD PLACEMENT (5 Credits)

Field placement in a human service organization under the instruction and supervision of a licensed master level social worker. Emphasis on effective application of general social work practice, values, skills and knowledge in an agency setting. A minimum of 510 agency-based clock hours must be completed. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Must be taken concurrently with SOWK 5314. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 27 hours in social work; social work GPA of 2.5 or higher; overall GPA of 2.0 or higher and completion of all other requirements for an OLLU degree. Fee: $30 Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 5314 - GENERALIST PRACTICE IN DIRECT SERVICE (3 Credits)

Intregrative capstone course with emphasis on application of knowledge, values and skills necessary for general social work practice. Emphasis on context, cultural diversity and evaluation of practice. May not be taken pass/fail. Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with SOWK 4452 and SOWK 4552. 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. Open only to juniors and seniors; may not be substituted for required courses in the social work major; may not be reserved by undergraduates for MSW credit. Offered: Fall, Spring.

SOWK 5316 - SERVICE 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.

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 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.