2016-17 Catalog

Social Work

Courses

SOCW 2361. Introduction to Social Work. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is an introductory course that focuses on the foundation of social work as a profession. Areas pertaining to the holistic, historical, core values, developmental, and ethics are heavily addressed within this course. Additional emphasis will provide aspects of practice with a concentration on the generalist perspective and working with at risks populations.

SOCW 2362. Social Welfare in America. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to provide a general introduction to human services in the United States. Emphasis is on services and programs directed at the most vulnerable populations in our society. The historical impact of political, economic, and social pressures on the delivery of human services will be explored. Race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status are considered in an effort to understand the need for various human services and social welfare programs. Barriers to services based on stereotypes and biases will also be examined.

SOCW 3300. Methods and Skills of Interviewing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This pre-professional course will introduce students to the Generalist Social Work Practice Model. Beginning social work skills introduced include the principles of conducting the helping interview, including initial client contact, attending and listening, empathetic responses, exploration and elaboration, questioning, gaining cooperation, self-disclosure, and termination on the micro, mezzo, and macro practice levels. Issues of problem-solving with diverse populations and persons from different cultural backgrounds as well as ethical issues of helping relationships are explored. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in SWK 2361 with a grade of "C" or higher.

SOCW 3303. Social Work with Diverse Populations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will familiarize the student with the cultural roots of the diverse ethnic groups that make up American society, tracing the process of acculturation that characterizes their American experience.

SOCW 3306. Social Welfare Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course helps students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively advocate for policy changes that promote social justice and to analyze policy to determine its effect on client populations and agency programs and services. Prerequisites: SOCW 2362 and SOCW 3320 with a C or higher.

SOCW 3310. Social Work with Aging Populations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will use a competency-based approach to preparing students to engage in social work practice with aging populations. The focus will be on the four domains of geriatric competencies adopted by the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative. The four domains are: 1) values, ethics, and theoretical perspectives; 2) assessment; 3) intervention; 4) aging services, programs, and policies. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of Director of Social Work Program.

SOCW 3311. Social Issues. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Utilizes major theoretical perspectives from sociology to explore causes and consequences of contemporary social issues in American society such as alienation, family stresses, poverty, unemployment and technological change.

SOCW 3314. Methods of Social Work Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Principles of the scientific method for building knowledge of and evaluating practice. Topics include: ethical and cultural issues in research; research design and methodology; quantitative and qualitative research strategies; evaluation of practice; critical evaluation of published research; and completion and reporting of research projects. Prerequisites: Completion of SOCW 3320 & SOCW 3306 with a grade of C or higher.

SOCW 3316. Practice I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus is on theories and methodologies needed for generalist social work practice with individuals and small groups. Critical evaluation of the value base of the social work profession and basic practice concepts for understanding a variety of intevention models in diverse settings will be explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the Social Work Program and completion of SOCW 3300 with a grade of “C” or higher, and concurrent enrollment or completion of SOCW 3329 with a grade of "C" or higher.

SOCW 3320. Service Learning. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 4-12 Hours).

Each student will identify and respond to a community/neighborhood challenge through volunteer, service learning work with a non-profit community agency and/or under direct supervision of the instructor. Volunteer work may be accomplished I the student’s home neighborhood or community. Students will engage in supervised individual hours of service activities and have the opportunity to reflect on the responses to those problems. Prerequisites: SOCW 2362 or SOCW 2361.

SOCW 3329. Human Behavior and Social Environment I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Using an ecological/systems, developmental, and strengths framework, this course provides an integrated look at the bio-psycho-social spiritual factors influencing human development focusing on human functioning from conception through adolescence. Students will be exposed to theories and knowledge for practice across all system levels (individual, family, group, community, and society) of generalist practice. Cultural factors affecting human functioning, as well as implications for social work practice are explored. Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in SOCW 3300, PSYC 2301, SOCI 1301, and one course in biology (BIOL 1406, 1407, 2401, or 2402).

SOCW 3339. Human Behavior and Social Environment II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a continuation of Human Behavior and the Social Environment I with an emphasis on theories and knowledge about human functioning from adolescence through the end of life. Using an ecological/systems, developmental, and strengths framework, this course provides an integrated look at the bio-psycho-social spiritual factors influencing human development. Students will be exposed to theories and knowledge for practice across all system levels (individual, family, group, community, and society) of generalist practice. Values and ethical issues are included. Prerequisite: SOCW 3329.

SOCW 3377. Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus on psychoactive substances of use and abuse including: alcohol, legal/illegal drugs, and their impact on individuals, families, and society. Models of addiction, society's attitudes, and services for persons and families are explored.

SOCW 4059. International Social Work. 3-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Provides students with an understanding of social work practice and social welfare policies from an international perspective. The implications of globalization and its impact on social welfare policies and social work practice will be examined. Trategies for inter-cultural social work practice and methods of combating discrimination also will be examined. Students may have the opportunity to travel outside the U.S. in order to become familiar with social welfare policies and programs from an international perspective. Approval of the Director of the Social Work Program is required prior to enrollment.

SOCW 4085. Social Work Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Intensive studies of current trends and issues related to professional social work practice, social service delivery, and populations at risk. May repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of the Social Work Program Director.

SOCW 4086. Problems in Social Work. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Independent reading and research on various social work-related topics. Entry into the course will be arranged by Social Work Program Director.

SOCW 4311. Child Welfare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the practice of social work in a child welfare context. This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of social work practice settings in child welfare. Past and present child welfare policies and programs will be examined.

SOCW 4312. Practice II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus is on integrating theoretical concepts and frameworks with the practice of social change at community, society, and global levels. Models of community organization--community development, social action, and social planning will be emphasized including methods of resource delivery and redistribution. Prerequisites: Student must be admitted to the Social Work Program. SOCW 3300, SOCW 3320, SOCW 3329, and SOCW 3316 with a grade of C or higher.

SOCW 4313. Human Rights. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Using the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights as a basis, this course examines human rights and human rights violations using a global perspective.

SOCW 4314. Medical and Health Care Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Intensive study of current trends and issues related to professional health care practice, service delivery, and populations at risk. Provides an opportunity to explore the many ways in which issues related to health, illness, and disability policies including cultural factors impact clients, families, and society. Appropriate ways for health care professionals to understand and intervene in these areas will be discussed. Credit for both SOCI 4314 and SOCW 4314 will not be awarded.

SOCW 4315. Social Work Values and Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The focus of this course is to encourage and assist students in the development of an ethical framework for social work practice. This framework requires students to develop a better understanding of and the ability to manage the ethical issues and dilemmas they will encounter in social work practice. The course integrates concepts related to social values and ethics, diversity, promotion of social and economic justice, and empowerment of human beings. Additionally, the course allows students to apply the NASW Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics of the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners to multi-faceted ethical dilemmas.

SOCW 4321. Death and Dying. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The ramifications of death, including the experiences and rights of the dying and the significance to those who mourn. Using major sociology theories, focuses on the meaning to society of the reality and symbolism of death. Credit for both SOCW 4321 and SOCI 4321 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCW 4352. Women's Issues. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines the role of women from a global perspective. Focuses on specific issues that affect the everyday lives of women. Special attention is given to the differential and unequal treatment of women based on age, race, social class, and cultural differences.

SOCW 4622. Field Placement I. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 16 Hours).

This course is designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty. A weekly seminar is scheduled along with agency placement. At Tarleton, approximately 16 hours a week for 14 weeks of the semester is the requirement. This total will culminate in a total of 225 hours per semester. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the field program and completion of SOCW 2362, 3316, 3320 and 3339.

SOCW 4623. Field Placement II. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 16 Hours).

This course requires the application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement arranged with social work faculty. A weekly seminar is scheduled along with agency placement. A total of 450 hours (225 each semester) is required in the field agency. Prerequisites: Completion of SOCW 4622 with a grade of "C" or higher.

SOCW 4632. Child Welfare Practicum. 12 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 27 Hours).

A practicum limited to students in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program. Provides students with an opportunity to integrate theory and develop practice skills in a child welfare setting. Requires a minimum of 450 hours be completed in a professionally supervised State of Texas Child Protective Services setting. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program, completion of all required social work courses.

SOCW 5101. Foundation Integrative Seminar I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the first of a two semester seminar designed to facilitate student integration of foundation social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: SOCW 5320 and must take concurrent with SOCW 5322.

SOCW 5102. Foundation Integrative Seminar II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the second of a two semester seminar designed to facilitate student integration of foundation social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: SOCW 5101 and taken concurrently with SOCW 5323.

SOCW 5103. Community Organization Integrative Seminar II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the second of a two semester seminar designed to facilitate student integration of advanced community social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: Must have completed Foundation Field placement 1 and Foundation Field placement II OR have Admission to the Advanced Standing Program. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5353.

SOCW 5104. Integrative Seminar I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This two semester seminar (SOCW 5104 & 5105) is designed to facilitate student integration of clinical social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies.

SOCW 5105. Integrative Seminar II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This two semester seminar (SOCW 5104 & 5105) is designed to facilitate student integration of clinical social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: Completion of SOCW 5104 with a "B" or higher.

SOCW 5151. Community Organization Integrative Seminar I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is the first of a two semester seminar designed to facilitate student integration of advanced community social work practice and theory while strengthening partnerships in the community. Course content will revolve around specific agency-based practice situations and curriculum integrative themes in keeping with the University's mission of working with both private and public, local and state agencies. Prerequisite: Must have completed Foundation Field placement 1 and Foundation Field placement II OR have Admission to the Advanced Standing Program. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5352.

SOCW 5305. Foundations of Community & Organization Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides a review of community organization theory and practice at both the macro and micro levels. Basic models of community organization theory and practice are highlighted, including locality development, social planning, and social action as well as major policy issues that relate to communities. Special attention is given to the historical base of community organization in America, citizen/consumer participation, volunteerism, assessment of community needs, impact of racism, and community work and intervention techniques. Students will examine the range of social work roles and functioning in community organization practice from the personal individual participant perspective to the social worker/ professional organizer perspective, and as a policy-maker.

SOCW 5315. Social Policy & Policy Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Foundation course on social policy, policy practice and practice in communities and organizations. Surveys historical evolution of social welfare policy and contemporary provision of social welfare services, including the role of values in policy formulation and principles of social and economic justice. Introduces the social work role as change agent in legislative, community and organizational arenas.

SOCW 5320. Service Learning. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to expose students to a variety of challenges facing communities in various regions of Texas and beyond. Students will also develop an understanding of their individual role in addressing those challenges through community engagement, participatory action research, group work, and volunteer activity. They will become familiar with social work functions in community settings and the basic foundations of community based research.

SOCW 5322. Foundation Field Placement I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the first foundation field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this foundation field course is 200 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate foundation field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 400 hours; this first course covers the first 200 of those required hours. Prerequisite: SOCW 5320 and must take concurrently with SOCW 5101.

SOCW 5323. Foundation Field Placement II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the second foundation field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this foundation field course is 200 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate foundation field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 400 hours; this second course covers the final 200 of those required hours. Prerequisite: SOCW 5322 and must take concurrently with SOCW 5102.

SOCW 5325. Research I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on foundation content in research design and methodology that can be used by social work practitioners to evaluate their individual practices, evaluate social programs, and advance practice knowledge. The major goals of the course are to enable students to develop a scientific perspective, to acquire an understanding of different research viewpoints that can be used to evaluate practice, and to incorporate that perspective and understanding into a broader conceptual base for social work practice. The course aids students in thinking critically about the methods and limitations of various systems of inquiry, and about society, people, and their problems.

SOCW 5330. Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines the life cycle of the individual from in utero through old age and death from a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective via multiple theoretical frameworks. Individual growth and development is studied in the context of culture, race, ethnicity, social class, gender, families and other social systems. Attention is also given to the impact of trauma, loss, and environmental stressors on the individual and the family.

SOCW 5340. Social Justice & Disparities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will introduce students to the importance of operating from a lens of equity by familiarizing students with culture and diversity within and between groups. Students will learn and apply an integral framework of equity using generalist practice skills at the micro, mezzo, and macro level to address social justice and disparity issues in society. Various diverse areas of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, spirituality, physical and mental ability are explored with specific attention to the historical aspects of oppression and discrimination of each area. Students will also engage in critical self-exploration and self-awareness as it relates to each of the diverse areas taught in this course to advance his/her own self-identity. Prerequisite: Because this is an introductory course, which is required for all graduate students, no prerequisites are needed for this course.

SOCW 5352. Community Organization Field Placement I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course the concentration field course for the Community Organizing and Advanced Research concentration. The course is designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar must be taken along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this concentration field course is 250 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate concentration field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 500 hours; this first course covers the first 250 of those required hours. Prerequisites: Foundation Field Classes OR Admission to Advanced Standing Program. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5151 CO Integrative Seminar I.

SOCW 5353. Community Organization Field Placement II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the second Community Organization and Advanced Research field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this concentration field course is 250 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate concentration field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 500 hours; this second course covers the final 250 of those required hours. Prerequisites: Foundation Field 1 and II OR Admission to the Advanced Standing Program and must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5103.

SOCW 5360. Administrative & Leadership Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course teaches theories and strategies for effective leadership in organizations and in the communities. The course examines strategies to combat marginalization and institutional oppression, as well as those that promote social and economic justice in organizations and community environments. Students will leadership skills in a variety of settings in both formal and informal capacities. Prerequisite: All Foundation courses or Admission to Advanced Standing Program.

SOCW 5362. Multicultural Practice Field Placement I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the first clinical field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this clinical field course is 250 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate clinical field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 500 hours; this first course covers the first 250 of those required hours.

SOCW 5363. Multicultural Practice Field Placement II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course the second clinical field course designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty prior to the beginning of the academic year. A weekly integrative seminar is scheduled along with an agency placement. The total number of hours performed by the end of the semester for this clinical field course is 250 hours, completed over 15 weeks of field setting placement. The total number of hours for the graduate clinical field placement required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is 500 hours; this second course covers the last 250 of those required hours. Prerequisite: Completion of SOCW 5362 with a "B" or higher.

SOCW 5365. Community Organizing & Engagement. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines the challenges and benefits of constructively engaging diverse community groups toward a solution that encompasses the voices of relevant stakeholders. The course proposes that working toward social and economic justice means addressing root causes of social issues, such as poverty, and working to end oppression, rather than creating mechanisms that institutionalize marginalization. Students learn how to build communities by enhancing their capacity to solve problems and implement solutions through strategic partnerships that engage stakeholders in meaningful partnerships, mutual learning, shared responsibility, and collective action. Prerequisite: All Foundation courses or Admission to Advanced Standing Program.

SOCW 5370. Community & Evaluation Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the ability to use research to address community and organizational problems. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be taught and students will learn to develop community plans, develop programs, and submit grants based on research findings. The course includes content in advanced research design, implementation, methodology, and data analysis. The course will also explore time studies and policy research. Student will prepare a research proposal to be implemented in the Research Practicum. Prerequisite:.

SOCW 5371. Advanced Multicultural Practice I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will expand student’s knowledge of critical analysis and holistic application of clinical practice skills building from the foundation level practice-based courses (SOCW 5327 & SOCW 5334), specifically when working with individuals. Through the use of evidence based theoretical models students will learn how to integrate the knowledge of culture in practice and effectively implement interventions when working with diverse populations who have historically experienced discrimination and oppression. Various historical and current cultural perspectives are provided to enhance student’s personal and professional awareness and critical holistic application of multicultural practice. Holistic refers to capturing a biological, cultural, psychological, social, and spiritual framework.

SOCW 5372. Advanced Multicultural Practice II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will expand student’s knowledge of critical analysis and holistic application of clinical practice skills building from the foundation level practice-based courses (SOCW 5327 & SOCW 5334), specifically when working with families. Through the use of evidence based theoretical models students will learn how to integrate the knowledge of culture in practice and effectively implement interventions when working with families. Various historical and current cultural perspectives are provided to enhance student’s personal and professional awareness and critical holistic application of multicultural practice with families.

SOCW 5373. DSM for Clinicians. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course introduces students to various diagnostic codes of emotional and mental disorders categorized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5 or the latest version) often experienced by individuals and families to help build students’ knowledge about mental illness and its role in advanced social work practice. Through the use of various assessment tools, students will learn how to utilize assessments as part of the process for interventions with children and families. The pathology of persons suffering from the most common disorders is also explored with specific emphasis on documentation skills of assessment, interviewing, and treatment planning of clinical social workers.

SOCW 5374. Advanced Clinical Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course builds on SOCW 5325 Research foundation course and delves into an in depth research process of quantitative and qualitative evaluation of clinical practice. Primary areas of focus include integrating research skills related to single subject research design, data collection, data analysis, measurement, and reporting. Practice informed research and research informed practice application is emphasized along with assessing student’s critical consciousness and scholarly application of standardized and self-constructed measurement instruments as it relates to various modes of micro and mezzo practice.

SOCW 5375. Grant Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in program development, proposal writing and grant development. Prerequisite: All Foundation courses or Admission to Advanced Standing Program.

SOCW 5380. Advanced Community Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course teaches advanced skills in community organizing and organizational leadership as well as advanced skills in policy analysis and development. Students will practice advanced macro skills in the class using model organizations and community situations. Students will learn how to engage diverse populations in the communities and in organizations. Further, students will use their findings from the research performed in the Research Practicum to develop proposals, recommendations, and policy briefs so that they can understand how research is utilized to make positive changes in organizations and communities as well as promoting social and economic justice through policy change. This course will incorporate advanced theories of community, organizational theories, and policy analysis frameworks. Prerequisite: SOCW 5365 and Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 5385.

SOCW 5381. Clinical Supervision. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course facilitates the student’s exploration of supervision as both supervisee and supervisor. Students will be taught supervision and management theories including organizational and classical theories of management and application. Different models of supervision techniques and styles of supervision will be integrated into the learning process for students along with the ethical and legal issues associated with supervision.

SOCW 5385. Research Practicum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is the second part of SOCW 5370 Community & Evaluation Research. Students will use the proposal developed in that course to implement their research plan, analyze results, and develop recommendations and program/ grant ideas based on the research findings. This course focuses on the ability to use research to address community and organizational problems and the research will be conducted in the community and a professional presentation of results is expected in a community venue. Students will learn to write up results using scientific language. Students will also be encouraged to consider writing for publication and/ or presenting findings at professional conferences. Prerequisite: All Foundation courses or Admission to Advanced Standing Program and completion of SOCW 5370.

SOCW 5386. Group Work. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course builds on the foundational courses of practice skills and relates those skills to group work, group development, and group types (psychoeducational, support, task-oriented, therapeutic). Students will learn and apply the facilitation of groups in various agency and community based settings with culturally diverse groups and situations. The course will also provide additional knowledge about assessment of group dynamics to assist students in determining appropriate intervention skills within groups.

SOCW 5390. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of different topics each semester with a focus on contemporary issues in Social Work. This course may be repeated for credit as the topic changes.