Social Work Courses

Social Work (SWK) courses

  • SWK 602 Rural Health

    This course offers a study of health care delivery in rural communities. It includes theoretical foundations, cultural considerations and specific characteristics of rural environments and people. Local and international perspectives will be explored. This course has a community experience component. Identical with NUR 502. Cannot receive credit for both SWK 502 and NUR 502. May be taught concurrently with SWK 502. Cannot receive credit for both SWK 502 and SWK 602.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • SWK 643 Non-Profit Management in the Health and Human Services

    The purpose of this course is to lay a leadership and management foundation for those in social work and the human services professions from the nonprofit/social or public sectors. The history and scope of the U.S. nonprofit sector, as well as contemporary theories of nonprofit enterprise, governance and leadership, ethics, marketing, advocacy techniques, decision-making models and current ideas about possible futures for the sector will be presented. Students will leave the course with a solid understanding of nonprofit /social sector organization, and develop an understanding of his or her management style and philosophy. May be taught concurrently with SWK 543. Cannot receive credit for both SWK 643 and SWK 543.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SWK 644 Grant Writing in the Health and Human Services

    This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding grant writing and how human service professionals can collaborate for successful proposal writing. Grant writing in the Health and Human Services will focus on practical skills needed to develop proposals, budgets, and evaluation plans. Attention will be given to preparing a competitive grant proposal. Grant writing is related to human services that stress access to and availability of resources. The needs of culturally diverse groups or communities will be discussed in this course, along with the particulars of proposals that may be most effective in meeting such needs. May be taught concurrently with SWK 595. Cannot receive credit for both SWK 595 and SWK 644.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SWK 696 Health Literacy in the Human Services

    This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding functional health literacy and how the public's literacy skills affect interactions with health and human services professionals. Includes an examination of the data for national and international literacy levels and populations at risk for low literacy; research on health literacy; assessment tools; and practical techniques for addressing literacy issues in spoken and written communications at the practitioner and organizational levels. Identical with PBH 699; may be taught concurrently with SWK 599 or PBH 699. Can only receive credit for one of the following: IPE 599, SWK 599, SWK 696, or PBH 699.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SWK 699 Special Topics

    Selected topic of advanced content in social work, relevant to fields of practice or practice methodologies. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours as topics change. May be taught concurrently with SWK 597. Cannot receive credit for both SWK 597 and SWK 699.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • SWK 705 Human Behavior in the Social Environment

    Prerequisite: admission to MSW program.

    Content on life span development and the influence of various systems on the individual.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SWK 710 Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals

    Prerequisite: admission to MSW program.

    Within a generalist framework, course provides an ethically-based, theory-driven, culturally competent approach to delivering professional social work services to individuals with varied issues and practice settings.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SWK 715 Social Welfare Policy and Services

    Prerequisite: admission to MSW program or permission.

    Covers the historical development, philosophical orientation, and analysis of social welfare policy and services in the United States. Examines social welfare policy in multiple areas.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SWK 725 Generalist Social Work Practice with Families and Groups

    Prerequisite: admission to MSW program.

    Within a generalist framework, this course focuses on basic skills and concepts related to social work practice with groups and families. Topics include group facilitation process and tasks, contrast between non-kin groups and family sessions, and strategies for working with families.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SWK 726 Generalist Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations

    Prerequisite: admission to MSW program.

    Uses social work methods to focus on the dynamics associated with organizational and community generalist practice. This course provides a knowledge base (i.e., theory, research, and practice wisdom), values, and practice skills for the generalist social work profession. Concentration will be on social work practice occurring with organizations and communities.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SWK 730 Diversity and Social Justice

    Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program or permission of department.

    Using a social work strengths perspective and the ecological system theory, the course explores multiple dimensions and intersectionality of diversity, and social, economic, and environmental justice in a pluralistic and increasingly globalized society.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SWK 740 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar I

    Prerequisite: admission to MSW program; and completion of, or concurrent enrollment with, all other generalist courses.

    Students integrate generalist level social work competencies with supervised experiences at a community agency. Seminar class with field supervision enhances the student's application of all previous foundation coursework with seminar assignments and activities of the field experience. Students must complete 400 hours in placement; required practicum liability insurance is included in the supplemental course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    3-10Spring
  • SWK 742 Substance Use and Social Work Practice

    This course provides an opportunity for the students to understand the problems of alcohol and drug use and dependence, and the impact on individuals, families, and the broader community.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SWK 743 Management and Program Development in Human Service

    Develop knowledge and skills for effective supervisors and administrators in human service organizations. Students will also learn grant proposal writing and develop an understanding of their management style and philosophy.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SWK 746 Advanced Generalist Social Work Research

    Prerequisite: admission to MSW program; and Advanced Standing or completion of all foundation coursework; or permission of department.

    This advanced generalist course teaches advanced knowledge and skills in key social work research methods. By the end of the course, students will apply ethical research principles to research methodology, design, and analysis to make evidence-based recommendations that inform them advanced generalist social work practice.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SWK 750 Social Work Practice I: Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals

    Prerequisite: admission to MSW program; and Advanced Standing or completion of all foundation coursework.

    This advanced practice course provides students with theories and skills for working with individuals from an advanced generalist perspective. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate ethically based, culturally informed practice with individuals.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Summer
  • SWK 754 Advanced Clinical Social Work Assessment

    Prerequisite: SWK 750; and admission to MSW program.

    Examines advanced topics related to individual and family-based assessment. Students deepen critical thinking as advanced generalist practitioners, learn when to use various clinical assessment tools (e.g., DSM), and develop skills in data collection, organization, and interpretation.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SWK 755 Social Work Practice II: Advanced Generalist Practice with Families

    Prerequisite: SWK 750; and admission to MSW program.

    This advanced practice course provides students with theories and skills for working with families from an advanced generalist perspective. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate ethically based, culturally informed practice with families.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SWK 756 Social Work Practice III: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups

    Prerequisite: SWK 754 and SWK 755; and admission to MSW program.

    This advanced practice course provides students with theories and skills for working with groups from an advanced generalist perspective. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate ethically based, culturally informed practice with groups.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SWK 757 Social Work Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations

    Prerequisite: SWK 755; and admission to the MSW program.

    This advanced practice course provides students with theories and skills for working with communities and organizations from an advanced generalist perspective. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate ethically based, culturally informed practice with communities and organizations.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SWK 760 Advanced Policy and Social Justice

    Prerequisite: SWK 750; and admission to MSW program.

    Students examine policies that affect client systems, and how these policies translate into programs and delivery systems in the United States and other countries. The course expands knowledge of the interrelatedness of diversity, policy, human rights and social justice.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SWK 780 Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar II

    Prerequisite: admission to MSW program; and field coordinator approval; and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, all other specialist courses.

    Students integrate advanced generalist level competencies with supervised experiences at a community agency. Seminar class with field supervision enhances the student's application of all previous specialist coursework with seminar assignments and activities of the field experience. Students must complete 500 hours in placement; required practicum liability insurance is included in the supplemental course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    3-10Spring