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Courses in Social Work (SOW)

SOW 199 Independent Study 1-4cr

SOW 201 Introduction to Social Work 2cr

This course offers an introduction to the profession and practice of social work. The values and ethics of the social work profession will be examined, and the social, economic, political, and historical underpinnings and range of practice contexts will be explored. Students will perform 10 hours of service in a social service agency and will reflect on their experience as one method of determining their interest and fitness for the profession. Partially satisfies
Triad: Social Science

SOW 202 Skills of Helping Others 2cr

This course focuses on assisting students to develop skills in building helping relationships, problem solving processes, and both verbal and non-verbal communication. This course creates a foundation for further coursework in social work or any disciplines that use primarily verbal communication to enhance problem solving. Students will perform 10 hours of service helping others and will reflect on their experience as one method of determining their interest in a profession that involves helping others.

SOW 210 History of Social Work and Social Welfare 4cr

Explores the institutional nature of social welfare in the context of social change. The service aspect of social welfare is explored. Includes an examination of the historical roots of societal values and beliefs that have influenced the development of social welfare programs as well as an examination of significant current social welfare programs.

SOW 290-298 Special Topics in Social Work 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Social Work. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

SOW 291 Changing the World: International Social Service 4cr **

Explores the international context of social service, focusing on the policies and practices of international social development and social welfare. The history, nature, value and challenges of international social service will be examined in relation to specific countries, regions, service organizations/agencies, and current events.

SOW 299 Independent Study 1-4cr

SOW 305 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: The Life Course 4cr

This course explores the concept of generalist social work from an ecological systems perspective, which emphasizes the interesting dynamics of humans with their environments. Consideration is given to the impact of human diversity, discrimination, and oppression on the individual's ability to reach or maintain optimal health and well-being in terms of bio-psycho-social development.
Prerequisite: BIO 109 Human Biology and either PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology or SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, or permission of the instructor.

SOW 306 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Social Contexts 4cr

Continues the exploration of generalist social work from an ecological systems perspective by applying the basic knowledge of life-span development acquired in SOW 305 to understanding family, group, organization, and community systems. Special attention is given to the impact of human diversity, discrimination, and oppression in the contexts of families, groups, organizations, and communities on individuals' and systems' abilities to reach or maintain optimal health, well-being, and functioning.
Prerequisite: SOW 305 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I or permission of the instructor.

SOW 310 Social Welfare Policy and Services 4cr

Continues the exploration of social work knowledge and skills initiated in SOW 210 regarding social welfare policies and services. Students will learn to analyze current social policy within the context of historical and contemporary factors that shape policy. Content is presented about the political and organizational processes used to influence policy, the process of policy formulation, and the frameworks for analyzing social policies in light of the principles of social and economic justice.
Prerequisite: SOW 210 History of Social Work and Social Welfare or permission of the instructor.

SOW 320 Social Work Practice I: Individuals, Families, and Small Groups 4cr

Focuses on the development of generalist social work practice skills. Social work values, knowledge, and practice skills, as related to the helping process, will be explored. Problem-solving methods and systems perspectives in practice will be studied. Also, issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, oppression, and privilege will be explored within the context of effective generalist social work practice.
Prerequisite: Formal admission to the Social Work Program, SOW 305 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I, or permission of the instructor..

SOW 330 Issues in Human Diversity 4cr **

Explores the issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, and ability within the context of oppression and social/economic justice. The course provides an in-depth examination of diversity, especially in relation to the delivery of human services in the helping professions.
Prerequisite: Any one of the following: ANT 200 Introduction to Anthropology, PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology, SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, SOW 201 Introduction to Social Work, or permission of the instructor.

SOW 399 Independent Study 1-4cr

SOW 420 Social Work Practice II: Organizations, Communities, and Large Groups 4cr

This course continues the exploration of social work knowledge and skills initiated in SOW 320. The course focuses on the formulation and analysis of social welfare policy, with emphasis on empowering people in communities to change social policy. Issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, oppression, and privilege will be explored within the context of generalist social work practice.
Prerequisites: SOW 306 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II and SOW 320 Social Work Practice I, or permission of the instructor.

SOW 425 Orientation to Field Instruction 2cr

Prepares students for the block field instruction placement. Includes a review of knowledge, skills, and social work values related to generalist social work practice in a field agency setting. Students will prepare a portfolio of resume, reference letters, and examples of written work, as well as an explanation of how their liberal arts courses have contributed to their knowledge or skills in the practice of social work. Students will also apply for and establish an internship arrangement for the following semester.
Prerequisite: SOW 320 Social Work Practice I.

SOW 430 Field Instruction 12cr

Consists of a generalist social work block internship four days per week in a social service agency. Students are supervised by professional social workers and perform a range of practice functions appropriate to beginning generalist social work practice. Students participate in the delivery of professional social work services to clients, interact with other agency professionals, and participate in related agency activities. Students must agree to purchase liability insurance prior to placement.
Prerequisite: Formal admission to Field Education.
Corequisite: SOW 435 Field Instruction Seminar.

SOW 435 Field Instruction Seminar 4cr

Taken in conjunction with SOW 430 Field Instruction. Focuses on helping students integrate academic preparation with field performance. Students are required to demonstrate competency in beginning level generalist social work practice through written and oral presentations and group discussions related to the field experience, including practice and ethical considerations, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation issues, research, policy, and problem-solving.
Corequisite: SOW 430 Field Instruction.

SOW 490-498 Special Topics in Social Work 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Social Work. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

SOW 499 Independent Study 1-4cr