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ClassID Name Description Credits
SOCW 2500 Social Work as a Profession This course is one of the two prerequisites to all subsequent social work courses and is designed to provide an introduction to the development, fields and knowledge and value base of the social work profession and the general principles underlying the process of giving and receiving help. 3
SOCW 3410 Social Welfare as an Institution This course is a prerequisite to all subsequent social work courses. The course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive introduction to the broad framework of social welfare activities and to social work as a profession. Students are introduced to the philosophy, values and methods of the social welfare system. 3
SOCW 3420 Social Policy and Community Resources This course examines the processes and issues associated with decision-making within the social welfare sector. The essential focus of the course is on various conceptual approaches to the solution of human problems within a market economy resulting from the unequal distribution of resources. 3
SOCW 3500 Human Behavior and the Social Environment This course is an examination of bio-psycho-social determinants of behavior at each stage of the life course. The essential focus is upon adaptive and maladaptive behavior that may occur at the varying life course stages and levels of environmental in?uence on behavior. 3
SOCW 3600 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II Prerequisites: SOCW 2500, 3410 and 3500. This course employs systems theory and social entities such as culture, communities, and formal organizations. Groups and families are conceptualized as macro, mezzo, and micro systems that form the social environment of the individual. The course is based on the social work principle that human behavior and problems are determined by interaction between individuals and macro, mezzo and micro systems by which they are surrounded. 3
SOCW 3610 Interventive Methods in the Helping Professions Prerequisites: SOCW 2500, 3410, 3420, 3600. An introduction to the practice methods component of the social work concentration. The knowledge, skills and value orientations acquired serve as a basis for the field placement practicum. The course focuses upon the nature of social work as a field of study and its methods of intervention. The student is expected to develop a beginning conceptualization of the generic knowledge, values and skills essential to the practice of social work. Professions II 3
SOCW 3620 Interventive Methods in the Helping Professions II Prerequisites: SOCW 2500, 3410, 3420, 3600, 3610. A continuation of SOCW 3610. This course, which is taken simultaneously with SOCW 4110, serves as a technical laboratory for the integration and application of theory and practice for planned change. 3
SOCW 3700 Human Diversity and Social Work Practice Prerequisites: SOCW 3600. This course aims to provide students with knowledge and skills for social work practice with disadvantaged and oppressed people. Such people in the United States typically include people of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, and lesbian people, and poor people. This course will also utilize ethnographic methods, enhance student’s capacity to understand diversity. Furthermore, the class will examine the internal adaptive strengths and external assets of disadvantaged and oppressed people and how these capabilities can be used in effective social work practice. Students should leave leave this course with a better understanding not only of themselves, but also diverse groups and human behavior in the social environment 3
SOCW 3950 Social Work and Elderly Prerequisites: SOCW 2500. Introduction to aging and geriatrics. Emphasis is placed on aging and demographic data; problems of aging; treatment and management of facilities for the aging; analysis of selected social factors and their impact on older persons. 3
SOCW 4000 Child Welfare Prerequisites: SOCW 2500, SOCW 3410: This course is designed to introduce students to the field and practice of child welfare. The primary focus is upon the history, conceptual base, and practice skills essential to the field. Child welfare services are viewed as helping to support and stabilize families, and where this in not possible, provide healthy placements for children through foster care and adoption. The course is approved by the State Division of Social Services the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative. 3
SOCW 4110 Field Experience and Practice I Prerequisites SOCW 2500, 3410, 3420, 3600, 3610, 3620. The two segments of this course provide a structured milieu through which the social work practice theory acquired in the classroom is applied to real people and problems. The student, via this practice experience, is expected to begin to take on the adult role of the professional social worker. The process of socialization into this adult role is expected to cause the student to experience considerable growth as a person and as a professional social worker. The student is engaged in the process of assessing and integrating knowledge, values and ethics germane to the practice of social work. 5
SOCW 4120 field Experience and Practice II Prerequisites SOCW 2500, 3410, 3420, 3600, 3610, 3620. The two segments of this course provide a structured milieu through which the social work practice theory acquired in the classroom is applied to real people and problems. The student, via this practice experience, is expected to begin to take on the adult role of the professional social worker. The process of socialization into this adult role is expected to cause the student to experience considerable growth as a person and as a professional social worker. The student is engaged in the process of assessing and integrating knowledge, values and ethics germane to the practice of social work. 5
SOCW 4300 Applied Research in Social Work Prerequisites: SOCI 4600 Sociological Statistics and SOCI 4700 Sociological Research or basic statistics and research methods course in other disciplines. This course provides students an opportunity to build upon and sharpen the knowledge and skills acquired in lower level research methods courses. As an upper-level course, it is structured as a classroom-based, supervised practicum in the design and implementation of research focused on issues relevant to social work practice. Classroom activities involve the analysis of topics germane to the implementation of social research, ethical guidelines, statistical techniques, and methodological designs. Out-of-class activities focus on the application of research strategies to problems and issues associated with the local community’s social services delivery with a specific focus on organizational analysis and outcome measures. 3
SOCW 4310 Introductory Statistics for Social Workers Prerequisites: SOCW 4300. The Primary aims of this course are to provide students with a ?rm foundation in descriptive statistics, univariate inferential statistics, analysis of variance, and multiple regression. The course focuses upon the application of these basic statistical concepts to issues related to social work theory and practice. 3
SOCW 4400 Evaluative Methods in Social Work Practice Prerequisites: SOCI 4600, SOCW 2500, 3410, 3420, 3500, 3600, 3610. This course provides “hands-on” experiences with evaluating the outcomes of social work practice. Students apply basic research and statistical methods to the analysis of practice outcomes and to the evaluation of their own experiences. 3
SOCW 4410 Senior Seminar in Social Work Prerequisites: SOCI 4600, SOCW 2500, 3410, 3420, 3500, 3600, 3610, 4400. This course provides a task force approach to evaluation of social work practice with a focus on macro systems while demonstrating the synergy between all levels of systems 3
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