SOWK 1100. Introduction to Social Work Profession (3). Fall, Spring. Origins of the profession and its relationship to social welfare. Generalist knowledge base of social work and professional values which guide social work practice.
SOWK 2280. Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice (3). Spring. Examines the influence of diversity on identity development and human experience. Central to the course is an analysis of how human differences serve as a basis for inequality and injustice. Informed by this analysis, we explore the methods that social workers use to achieve social justice. Prerequisites: SOWK 1100, SOWK major standing, or Firelands Human Services major.
SOWK 3000. Social Work Research Methods (3). Fall, Spring. Includes content specific to the needs of the generalist social worker. Topics include single subject design, program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, ethics and critical evaluation of existing research. Prerequisite: SOC 3690, MATH 1150 or PSYC 2700.
SOWK 3120. Social Welfare Institutions (3). Fall, Spring. The institutions of social welfare; basic concepts of social welfare as a response to unmet human need. Issues of diversity, growth of the profession and related values. Prerequisites: social work major, POLS 1100 or consent of instructor.
SOWK 3200. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3). Fall, Spring. Life span from conception to later adolescence utilizing an ecological perspective. Impact of biological, psychological and socio-cultural systems on human growth and development. Prerequisites: social work major, SOC 1010, and PSYC 1010.
SOWK 3210. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3). Fall, Spring. Continuation of the life span which includes early adulthood, middle adulthood, aging process, death and dying. Theories and research on various systems (family, groups, organizations) which influence human growth and development. Prerequisites: social work major and SOWK 3200.
SOWK 3220. Social Policy (3). Spring. Social problems, social policy and social services as interrelated areas. Basic models for evaluating and influencing social policy. Prerequisites: social work major and SOWK 3120.
SOWK 3250. Social Work Practice I (4). Fall and Spring. Components of generalist social work practice; needs and strengths identification, assessment, intervention strategies with emphasis on direct (micro) practice, evaluation. Includes an off-campus experience in social work setting which integrates theory with practice assignments. Prerequisites: junior standing, social work major and DHS 3300.
SOWK 3290. Social Work Practice II (3). Fall, Spring. Builds competencies for generalist practice with small groups. Examination of the various types of groups encountered in practice and the conceptual frameworks needed for understanding group process. Special emphasis is placed on working with groups from disenfranchised and vulnerable populations. Prerequisites: social work major, DHS 3300, SOWK 3250. Can be taken concurrently with SOWK 4060.
SOWK 4000. Topics in Social Work (1-3). On demand. Courses being considered for offering on regular basis. May be repeated.
SOWK 4060. Practice III (3). Fall, Spring. Course builds on previous practice courses covering material from mezzo through macro practice. Content includes social work treatment and task group, organizational and community practice. Community practice skills include: advocacy, fundraising, education, lobbying. Prerequisite or corequisite: Social Work major and SOWK 3250.
SOWK 4100. Mental Health (3). Fall. The course presents students with an introduction to the knowledge essential for generalist practice in the mental health field. Various theories and models of mental illness are presented, with an emphasis on a holistic, strengths model as a foundation for social work practice. Services offered for the prevention and treatments of mental illness are examined, especially case management within a community mental health context. Prerequisites: major standing or permission of instructor.
SOWK 4200. Social Work with Older Adults (3). Fall. Focus on the interactive nature of physical, social, psychological, cultural, and spiritual aspects of aging and the effects on the total well-being of older adults. Prerequisites: major standing or instructor permission.
SOWK 4230. Field Instruction (12). Fall, Spring, Summer. Required social work capstone course, practice experience in selected social agency taught by field instructor and monitored by faculty liaison. Minimum of 448 hours. Field practice assignments are made via coordination with prospective social service agency, the field coordinator and the faculty. Prerequisites: all core courses completed prior to field instruction, senior standing, social work major and 2.50 GPA in core and accumulative. Graded S/U.
SOWK 4300. Integrative Seminar (3). Spring, Summer. Faculty and field instructors conjointly teach this course. Conceptual frameworks, precise techniques and practitioner styles are considered as they underlie the student’s problem solving in field instruction. Taken concurrently with SOWK 4230.
SOWK 4700. Independent Study (1-3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Student designs and carries out study or special project in area of interest. Prerequisites: junior standing, social work major and faculty sponsor. May be repeated up to six hours.