Social Work (SWRK)

SWRK 150  Introduction to the Helping Professions  Credits: 3  

Students talk about wanting to make a difference -to change the world in some way. This course helps students examine their ideas and values related to making a difference. The course emphasizes professional values and ethics and an understanding of historical and current trends affecting vulnerable populations. It offers students an opportunity to explore the wide range of roles and areas of specialization unique to the profession, including case management, direct services, counseling, child welfare, community-based mental health, health care, criminal justice, youth work, forensic social work and generalist social work. Explores the questions: Who needs help? Who helps? Where and How? What motivates people to help?

Fall: All Years  
SWRK 234  Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare  Credits: 3  

This is an introductory social work course in which students will learn about the profession of social work, its fields of practice, values and ethics, policies and history of the social work profession, its interactions with contexts which shape practice, and its promotion of social and economic justice to advance human rights, alleviating critical social problems, and promoting well-being. The course will also offer knowledge and practice behaviors in engaging diversity and differences in social work practice. As an introduction to the social work profession, the course will discuss being a professional social worker and how to conduct oneself accordingly.

Fall: All Years  Spring: All Years  
SWRK 242  Introduction to Gerontology  Credits: 3  

This course will introduce students to the field of aging and the impact of aging upon the individual, the family, and society. The course will also cover social, cultural, political, and economic issues facing older adults.

Fall: Department Discretion  Spring: Department Discretion  
SWRK 250  Social Services in Health Care  Credits: 3  

This course focuses on how social workers in hospitals and clinics assist people in making better use of health care facilities, in preventing illness, in dealing with the impact of disability on themselves and their families, and in preserving their health. Emphasizes the necessity for effective collaboration with other health professionals in interdisciplinary health teams for optimum services.

Fall: Department Discretion  
SWRK 280  Substance Abuse & Other Addictive Behaviors  Credits: 3  

This course will acquaint students with issues of substance abuse and other addictive disorders. Students will examine current theories of addiction, discuss various treatment modalities, and come to understand the issues of assessment and intervention. Race, gender, and culture will be addressed throughout the course.

Fall: All Years  
SWRK 286  Special Topics  Credits: 1-4  

Specialized study in social work, such as social work with select populations or selected issues.

Pre-Requisite : SWRK 234  
Fall: Department Discretion  Spring: Department Discretion  Summer Department Discretion  
SWRK 315  Child Welfare  Credits: 3  

This is an introductory course for students interested in a career in public, private or tribal child welfare services. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of child welfare services from historical, theoretical and practice perspectives. Community-based support services will be reviewed as well as services to children in their homes and services to children outside of their homes. Students will also discuss diverse family contexts and the domains and indicators of child well-being. Students will understand child welfare practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels within the problem-solving and ecological systems framework.

Pre-Requisite : Requires minimum credits: 30  
Fall: All Years  
SWRK 321  Workshop  Credits: 1-2  

Selected continuing education topics in social work.

SWRK 330  Basic Interviewing Skills  Credits: 3  

This course is designed to provide students with practice in the use of a variety of interviewing techniques. The course will also allow the student to become acquainted with the professional literature of counseling and the role of ethics in social work and other helping professions.

Fall: All Years  Spring: All Years  
SWRK 340  Human Behavior in the Social Environment  Credits: 3  

The theoretical aspects of the systems perspective as a framework for social work practice; integration of knowledge of biological, psychological, social-structural and cultural sources of behavior as they affect or are affected by human behavior; understanding of behavior and environment with a review of micro-level systems and an emphasis on macro-level systems.

Pre-Requisite : BIOL 100 AND SOCI 101 AND PSYC 260 OR PSYC 340  
Fall: All Years  
SWRK 342  Generalist Social Work Practice I  Credits: 3  

An examination of models of generalist practice in working with individuals, families, and small groups from systems, life model, and Person-In-Environment perspectives. Reviews basic interviewing and interpersonal skills. Places emphasis on assessment of strengths and problems at various system levels, contracting, and intervention strategies. Practice evaluation, utilizing single-system designs, is examined.

Pre-Requisite : SWRK 340 AND PSYC 260 OR PSYC 340  
Spring: All Years  
SWRK 343  Generalist Social Work Practice II  Credits: 3  

The course will focus on family roles, family dynamics, group dynamics, group structure and process, group types, functions, roles, stages of development, styles of leadership, skills of conducting groups, techniques, problem resolution and the reality and effects of group termination. The course shall emphasize the diversity of human behavior and experience, and recognize the uniqueness of each individual client.

Spring: All Years  
SWRK 344  Generalist Social Work Practice III  Credits: 3  

An examination of models of generalist practice in working with task groups, organizations, and communities. Emphasis will be placed on the role of generalist social work practice with the community, including skills for organizational relationship building, for planning and development of programs, methods of promoting social change, managing political processes, and practice and program evaluation.

Pre-Requisite : SWRK 342 AND SWRK 343  
Fall: All Years  
SWRK 351  Diverse and At-Risk Populations  Credits: 3  

Examines quality-of-life dimensions and outcomes of diverse and at-risk populations important to human service professionals, including age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation; dimensions examined include education, employment, health, housing, justice administration, and welfare.

Spring: All Years  
SWRK 402  Social Welfare Policy  Credits: 3  

A critical examination of the evolution of social welfare policy in the United States and examination of the importance of social policy knowledge and skills for generalist social work practice. Students will conduct an analysis of specific social welfare policy and/or program.

Pre-Requisite : POL 120 and Requires minimum credits: 45  
Fall: All Years  
SWRK 450  Individual Study  Credits: 1-4  

Limited to eight (8) hours, not more than four hours in a given subject area.

Fall: Department Discretion  Spring: Department Discretion  Summer Department Discretion  
SWRK 484  Pre-Field Practicum  Credits: 1  

Course preparation for field practicum, including applying for admission to field practicum. Students, in consultation with the field director, select field practicum placements in social service agencies under the supervision of a social worker; includes completion of a learning outcomes contract and field agency orientation; examination of the mechanics of field placement, identification, and discussion of the uses of supervision in field practicum and a review of the NASW Code of Ethics, Minnesota Data Privacy Laws, and Minnesota Board of Social Work Licensing Laws. 40 hours agency orientation.

Fall: All Years  
SWRK 485  Social Work Field Seminar  Credits: 4  

Capstone, integrative seminar on topics related to social work practice, with attention to issues and problems experienced in field instruction. Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 499 required.

Pre-Requisite : SWRK 484  
Spring: All Years  
SWRK 486  Special Topics  Credits: 1-4  

Specialized study in social work, such as social work with select populations or selected issues.

Pre-Requisite : SWRK 234 AND SWRK 335  
Fall: Department Discretion  Spring: Department Discretion  Summer Department Discretion  
SWRK 499  Field Practicum  Credits: 8  

At least 400 hours supervised field practice in community agencies and programs as a practical application of social work knowledge and skills gained from major coursework. Emphasis on direct work with clients, whether individuals, groups, or communities; taken concurrently with SWRK 485 where students use their experiences to analyze social work theory and practice. Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 485, SWRK 415.

Pre-Requisite : SWRK 484  
Spring: All Years  
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