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BSW Course Descriptions

REQUIRED SOCIAL WORK COURSES:

200-4 FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL WORK I.

[Dist.SS] Introduction to the profession by examining the skills, knowledge and perspectives in social work. Emphasis on values, ethics, and populations at risk. INCLUDES FORTY HOURS AT A SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY.

201-3 FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL WORK II.

[Dist.SS] Examination of social welfare settings including their functions, clientele, and methods of service provision at all client systems levels. Permission of Program Director required.

211-2 MICRO SKILLS OF COUNSELING.

Basic counseling skills such as empathy, paraphrasing, and focusing will be taught, with one lecture and one lab session per week. Permission of Program Director required.

301-3 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY.

Analysis of the problems faced by individuals, families, groups, and communities; relationships between definitions of problems and society's responses to them, especially social policy. Pre-requisites: SOCW 200, ECON 111, HIST 201, POLS 112. Admission to the Major required.

302-3 HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I.

Perspectives on human functioning from a range of theories with social work application to individuals, families and groups; emphasis on developmental perspectives and human diversity. Pre-requisites: PSYC 111, BIOL 111. SOCW 200 is a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Permission of Program Director required.

303-3 HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II.

Perspectives on human functioning from a range of theories with social work application to neighborhoods, organizations and communities; emphasis on developmental perspectives and human diversity. Pre-requisites: SOCW 200, SOCW 302, ANTH 111b. Admission to the major required.

315-3 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Problem solving model for generalist social work practice. Applications for working with individuals and families. Includes weekly lab. Pre-requisites: SOCW 200, 211, and PSYC 111. Admission to the Major required.

316-3 SOCIAL WORK GROUP PRACTICE.

Study of generalist social work practice with groups, survey of selected group intervention models. Includes weekly lab. Pre-requisite or co-requisite, SOCW 315. Admission to the Major required.

390-3 DIVERSITY AND ISSUES OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE.

[Dist.SS, IGR] Examines backgrounds and needs of diverse populations including persons who are at-risk. Forms of oppression, social and economic justice issues, and values and ethics.

400-3 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES.

Applications of generalist practice principles and selected practice models to social work with organizations and communities. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT. Pre-requisites: SOCW 303 and 316.

401-3 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY ANALYSIS.

Selected models of policy analysis with applications to social welfare issues. Special emphasis on legislative processes and lobbying for social change. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT. Pre-requisites: SOCW 301 and POLS 112.

480-3 RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK

Knowledge and application of qualitative and quantitative research and statistics for social work practice. Includes discussion of ethical issues and practice evaluation. Admission to the Major required. Co-requisite: SOCW 482.

481-3 STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL WORK

Understanding and use of descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing for social work purposes. Pre-requisite: SOCW 480 with a grade of C or higher. Co-requisite: SOCW 483.

482-4 FIELD INSTRUCTION I.

With 483, two consecutive semesters of supervised practicum consisting of a minimum of 400 hours in an approved social work setting. Weekly seminars on campus. Social Work majors only. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT. SOCW 400 is a pre-requisite or co-requisite, completion of 300-level program requirements, academic good standing in Social Work, and consent of BSW Program Director and Director of Practica.

483-4 FIELD INSTRUCTION II.

Continuation of 482. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT.

Prerequisite: 482.

SOCIAL WORK ELECTIVES:

370-3 CHILD WELFARE.

[Dist.SS] Examination of child welfare including models of intervention, types of abuse and neglect, functions of case management and issues of cultural diversity. Recommended prerequisite: SOCW 200.

380-3 INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH.

[Dist.SS] Exploration of mental health issues. Specific attention to the use of the DSM, diagnosis of mental illnesses and values and ethics in social work practice. Recommended prerequisite: SOCW 200.

386-3 HEALTH CARE ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK.

[Dist.SS] Examines contemporary health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, childhood obesity with emphasis on HIV/AIDS and how these diseases relate to populations-at-risk. Recommended prerequisite: BIOL 111.

388-3 SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

[Dist.SS] Examines the bio-psycho-social perspective of substance abuse; focusing on drug availability, effects, assessment, interventions, and public policy. Recommended pre-requisite: SOCW 200.

395-1 TO 6 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK.

To be arranged with member of social work faculty. Open to social work majors only. Prerequisites: admission to the major, SOCW 200, 201, junior or senior standing, consent of instructor and Program Director.

454-3 DISABILITY IN SOCIETY

Overview of issues and services pertaining to disability in American society, including biological, psychological, familial and social considerations. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT. Recommended pre-requisite: SOCW 200.

487-3 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH INVOLUNTARY AND RESISTANT CLIENTS.

[Dist.SS] Examines factors and characteristics which lead to resistance in a variety of fields of practice; examines issues of social control and practice approaches. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT. Recommended pre-requisite: SOCW 200.

488-3 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE MODELS.

[Dist.SS] Survey of intervention models for social work practice with individuals, families and groups. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT. Recommended Prerequisite: 315.

491-3 MENTAL HEALTH

[DSS] Exploration of mental health issues. Specific attention to the use of the DSM, diagnosis of mental illnesses and values and ethics in social work practice. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT.

492-3 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Overview of domestic violence; effects of violence on children, elder abuse and Illinois laws affecting domestic violence. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT.

495-3 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL WORK.

[Dist.SS] Topics not included in regular course offerings. Topic and prerequisites specified in semester course schedule. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours with different topics. NOT FOR GRADUATE CREDIT.