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Table of Contents: 2014-2015 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Licensure 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 The Triad 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Return of Aid Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library 1.09 Educational Resources and Services 1.10 Academic Advising 2.1 Triad Education Program 2.1.1 Academics 2.1.2 Work Program 2.1.3 Service Program 2.2 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Africana Studies 3.2.02 Art 3.2.03 Biology 3.2.04 Chemistry 3.2.05 Creative Writing 3.2.06 Education 3.2.07 English 3.2.08 Environmental Studies 3.2.09 Gender and Women's Studies 3.2.10 Global Studies 3.2.11 History and Political Science 3.2.12 Integrative Studies 3.2.13 Mathematics 3.2.14 Modern Languages 3.2.15 Music 3.2.16 Outdoor Leadership 3.2.17 Peace and Justice Studies 3.2.18 Philosophy 3.2.19 Physics 3.2.20 Psychology 3.2.21 Religious Studies 3.2.22 Social Work 3.2.23 Sociology/Anthropology 3.2.24 Theatre 3.2.25 Women's Studies 3.2.26 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 4.01 Courses of Instruction 4.02 Anthropology (ANT) 4.03 Art (ART) 4.04 Biology (BIO) 4.05 Business (BA) 4.06 Chemistry (CHM) 4.07 Economics (ECO) 4.08 Education (EDU) 4.09 English (ENG) 4.10 Environmental Studies (ENS) 4.11 Gender and Women's Studies (GDS) 4.12 Global Studies (GBL) 4.13 History (HIS) 4.14 Interdepartmental (INT) 4.15 Modern Languages (LAN) 4.16 Mathematics (MAT) 4.17 Music (MUS) 4.18 Outdoor Leadership (ODL) 4.19 Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) 4.20 Philosophy (PHI) 4.21 Physical Education (PED) 4.22 Physics (PHY) 4.23 Political Science (PSC) 4.24 Psychology (PSY) 4.25 Religious Studies (REL) 4.26 Science (SCI) 4.27 Social Work (SWK) 4.28 Sociology (SOC) 4.29 Theatre (THR) 4.30 Writing (WRI) 5.1 Administration and Staff 5.2 2014 - 2015 Undergraduate Faculty 5.3 Graduate Faculty 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Endowed Scholarships


Lucy A Lawrence
Social Work

Lucy Lawrence Address:
WWC CPO 6046
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000

Phone: 828.771.3708

Email: llawrence@warren-wilson.edu

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4.27 Social Work (SWK)

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.

Social Work Program of Study

Link to Social Work Program of Study

SWK 201- Introduction to Social Work 2cr

This course explores social work as a possible career path and as a professional means by which to affect individual and system change. Students learn about the values and ethics of the social work profession as well as the social, economic, political, historical, and cultural injustices that social work advocates to change. Through 10 hours of service learning in a local social service agency and reflection on their experience, students examine their interest in the social work profession.

SWK 202 - Skills of Helping Others 2cr

This course assists students in developing skills necessary to establish and build helping relationships. Skills covered include both verbal and non-verbal communication. Active listening and empathetic communication are emphasized. This course creates a foundation for further course work in social work practice or other disciplines that use primarily verbal communication to enhance problem solving. Through 10 hours of service learning that involves direct interaction with others and reflection on their experience, students examine their interest in the social work profession and other helping roles.

SWK 210 - History of Social Work and Social Welfare 4cr

This course explores the history and development of the social work profession and social welfare systems in the US within a contemporary global context. Emphasis is placed on the historical roots of societal values and beliefs that have influenced the development of social welfare policies and programs. This course also includes an examination of contemporary social welfare policies and programs and an introduction to policy analysis. Through 15 hours of service learning, students are exposed to current, local policy issues, and students reflect on the role of policy practice in generalist social work.

SWK 291 - Changing the World: International Social Service 2cr

In this course, students explore the international context of social service. Students learn approaches to social services from the various lenses of different cultures and regions of the world, focusing on the policies and practices of social development and social welfare. Students examine the history, nature, value, and challenges of international social service in relation to specific countries, regions, service organizations and agencies, and current events.

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

This course explores human development across the life course with emphasis on the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. Students study the concept of generalist social work from an ecological systems perspective that emphasizes the intersecting 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 across the life course. Students complete 15 hours of service learning in which they explore life-course issues and reflect on a multigenerational perspective.

Prerequisites: BIO 109 Human Biology and either PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology or SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.

SWK 306 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Social Contexts 4cr

This course is an exploration of social work from an ecological and social systems perspective to understand family, group, organization, and community systems. As a class group, students complete 15 hours of service learning at a local human services agency. Special attention is given to the impact of human diversity, discrimination, and oppression in the contexts of families, groups, organizations, and community on individuals' and systems' abilities to reach or maintain optimal health, well being, functioning, and change.

Prerequisites: SWK 305 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I or permission of the instructor.

SWK 310 - Social Welfare Policies and Services 4cr

This course continues the exploration of social work knowledge and skills initiated in SWK 210 History of Social Work and Social Welfare regarding social welfare policies and services. Students 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. Contemporary social welfare programs and policies in the US are examined in a global context.

Prerequisites: SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work and SWK 210 History of Social Work and Social Welfare.

SWK 320 - Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families 4cr

This course focuses on the development of social work values, knowledge and skills in generalist social work practice with individuals and families. An ecological systems perspective is used to explore issues of diversity, discrimination, oppression and privilege in relation to assessment, problem-solving, intervention and evaluation in practice. Through 15 hours of service learning in which they work closely with individuals, families and/or small groups, students identify and reflect on their strengths and challenge areas in relation to interpersonal, micro practice skills, knowledge and values.

Prerequisites: Social Work major; and SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work, SWK 202 Skills of Helping Others, SWK 210 History of Social Work and Social Welfare, SWK 305 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I, or SWK 306 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II.

SWK 420 - Social Work Practice II: Groups, Organizations & Communities 4cr

This course focuses on social work methods relevant for practice with macro systems through investigating theory and learning and practicing skills and techniques that help to effect change, solve problems, and enhance social functioning. This course includes content on macro practice contexts (i.e. communities and neighborhoods, and organizations) and the components of an effective change process (i.e. building power, planning, mobilizing human resources, securing financial resources, marketing and public relations, developing organizations, taking action, and evaluating change). Students participate in an engaged learning process by providing service to a community-based human services agency. Issues of race, class, gender, age, environment, sexual orientation, globalization, oppression, and privilege are explored within the context of generalist social work practice.

Prerequisite: SWK 320 Social Work Practice I.

SWK 425 - Orientation to Field Education 2cr

This course prepares students for the block field education placement. Students review knowledge, skills, and social work values related to generalist social work practice in a field agency setting. Students develop a professional portfolio that includes resume, reference letters, and examples of written work, as well as a comprehensive reflection of how their Triad education through liberal arts has contributed to their knowledge and skills in the practice of social work. Students apply for, interview, and establish an internship arrangement for the following semester. In preparation for their internship, students complete 12 hours of pre-service orienting and acclimating to their field placement agency.

Prerequisite: SWK 320 Social Work Practice I.

SWK 430 - Field Education 12 credits

This is the social work field education practicum in which students intern four days per week in a social service agency. Professional social workers provide students supervision. Students perform a range of practice functions appropriate to beginning generalist social work practice such as intake, assessment, advocacy, case management, research, and education, as well as policy and program development and implementation.

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with SWK 435 Field Education Seminar.

Prerequisites: SWK425 Orientation to Field Education and formal admission to Field Education (see Field Education Manual).

SWK 435 - Field Education Seminar 4cr

This seminar is taken concurrently with SWK 430 Field Education. This course allows students to integrate their academic preparation with their professional field experience. Students demonstrate professional competency in beginning level generalist social work through written and oral presentations that highlight skills, knowledge, and values necessary for micro, mezzo, and macro practice. Students engage in group discussions related to the field practicum experience including topics such as practice and ethical considerations, race, class, environment, gender, age, cultural competency, sexual orientation, research, policy, and problem-solving.

College Composition II

Corequisite: Must be taken concurrently with SWK 430 Field Education.

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.