Social Work (SOWK)
Studies the history of social welfare in America, major current social welfare programs, the profession of social work, social service settings and the social work methods of casework, group work and community organization.
Examines social welfare policies and programs from the New Deal to the present analyzing their economic, cultural, historic and political roots. Emphasis on selected issues such as poverty and inequality, healthcare, abuse and neglect, daycare and parental leave. Examines social welfare policies as expressions of American values and political processes and compares American programs to those of other industrialized countries. Special attention paid to the experience of social program recipients.
Focuses on fundamental social work skills such as establishing a helping relationship, interviewing, listening, feedback, summarizing, and problem solving. Explores contracting, professional values, termination work, and social worker roles of mediator, advocate, outreach worker, social broker, and activist.
Explores community organizing as a means of empowering citizens to make successful changes in the social issues impacting their communities. Involves the study of theories of community organizing and social change and participation in projects offering a chance to learn about community organizing through practice.
A course or seminar for students who have taken a substantial number of social work/social service courses. Such courses or seminars may explore any of a variety of topics concerning casework, group work, community organization, social planning, social policy or other courses which deal with techniques or theory related to social work/social service practice.
Explores the relationship between poverty and location (both physical and social) in U.S. society. Examines multiple poverty contexts within the U.S. (i.e. American Indian reservations, urban communities, small towns), paying close attention to differences and similarities. Analyzes approaches to poverty reduction from the perspective of people living in each context.
Examines casework practice theory and methodologies as applied in a variety of social service settings. Focuses on the psychosocial framework of study, assessment and treatment of client problems. Explores casework with special populations such as children, teenagers, and depressed and suicidal clients.
Explores clinical practice with family problems. Examines the ways in which environmental, social, economic, psychological and institutional pressures help create and exacerbate family dysfunction, and the integration of this understanding into skilled intervention with families.
Examines research and practice related to youth offenders. The causes of youth offending, as well as prevention and treatment, are examined from a variety of perspectives. Current intervention methods will be discussed, and direct exposure to those methods in practice settings will be provided via field trips, speakers, and media presentations.
Examines violence within contemporary American families through the lenses of gender, culture, and age. Emphasis is placed on the physical and sexual abuse of women and children. We explore theory, research, and solutions from the fields of social work, sociology, psychology, and feminism.
Provides advanced social work students with an opportunity to explore advanced topics, current issues, methods, and theories in the field of social work.
Supervised academic class presentation(s), assistance with study sessions and tutorials, attendance at all classes, final paper and other duties negotiated with course instructor. Must have completed a minimum of four (4) courses in the discipline, have a 3.0 overall GPA or better, and a B+ or better in the course. This course can be taken for either pass/fail or traditional letter grading. This course requires department approval prior to enrollment.
Open to juniors and seniors who wish to read in a given area or to study a topic in depth under the direction of a social worker. Requires written reports and frequent conferences with the advisor.
Students will assist faculty member in conducting original quantitative and/or qualitative research projects. The responsibilities may include collecting archival, ethnographic, interview, or focus group data, working with data sets, or other research activities. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.
Placement in social or human service agencies. Internships are available in counseling, advocacy, outreach, organizing, planning and the administration of social programs. Students gain field experience under supervision from both agency and departmental personnel. Internships are awarded 3-15 credits per semester, depending upon the extent of student involvement.