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Social Work Course Descriptions

School of Nursing and Health Professions requirements

22 credits:

BIO 100   Life Systems
3 credits
An introductory biology course for non-majors. The relationship between structure and function is emphasized at the cellular and organismic levels. A survey of taxonomy and classification, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology, and ecology is provided. (May be taken as “lecture only” or concurrently with BIO 150).

BIO 150   Life Systems Laboratory
1 credit
Laboratory to accompany BIO 100.
Topics correspond to lecture material, including taxonomy, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology, and ecology. Dissection of a fetal pig is required. Laboratory experiences strongly enhance and support material in BIO 100 and concurrent registration is recommended.

HIS 205   History of Selected Minorities
3 credits
Prerequisite: HIS 101 or HIS 102 or HIS 114
An introductory historical survey of selected American minorities, including Native Americans, African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, women, religious minorities, and other minority groups. The course focuses upon the consequences of the interplay of cultural, political, and economic processes relative to minority-majority relations and the American experience.

POS 205   American Government
3 credits
An introductory course that studies the nature and purpose of national, state, and local government, the Constitution, and the institutions and pressures of American society.

PSY 101   General Psychology
3 credits
An introduction to the science of psychology through a survey of the biological, intra-psychic, and social bases of behavior. Major topics include cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, behavior disorders, and social elements of behavior.

PSY 105   Human Development
3 credits
A survey of the changes that occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social–emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables that affect the course of development is emphasized.

PSY 211   Abnormal Psychology
3 credits
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 105
This course explores the major types of psychopathology to include anxiety disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, organic brain disorders, substance-related disorders, somatoform disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, mental retardation, adjustment disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, impulse control disorders and delirium, dementia and amnestic disorders. Emphasis is given to the issues surrounding classification, etiology, and treatment.

SOC 100   Introduction to Sociology
3 credits
An introductory course to familiarize students with the field of sociology and the scientific study of human society. Includes study of culture, socialization, status and role, small groups, collective behavior, race, social class, social change, and the basic social institutions. Emphasis is given to key sociological perspectives: functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism.

Social work courses

47 credits:

SWK 101   Introduction to Social Work and Human Services
3 credits
A general survey course introducing students to social work and human services in contemporary society. Professional knowledge, values, and skills for intervention and the nature of interdisciplinary approaches to complex problems and issues are included. It further explores the special concerns of those most vulnerable and discriminated against. An issue is the professional mandate of social work to join in a concerted effort with other human service professionals to influence the social welfare institution and its social programs to become more responsive to these special populations. Teaching methodology includes interviews with practicing professionals and field trips to a variety of social agency settings.

SWK 111   Interpersonal Skills
3 credits
A general purpose skill development course that enhances assertive behavior, interpersonal communication, problem-solving, and group member skills for effective teamwork in organizational environments.  Consideration is given to multicultural variables that influence human relations skills.  Teaching methodology includes lecture-discussion and interactive exercises.

SWK 210   Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis
3 credits
Prerequisite: Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 001 with a grade of C or higher
An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one-/two-/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, and probability distributions, as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.

SWK 301   Human Behavior and the Social Environment
3 credits
Prerequisite:  SWK 101 or CHH 200
A course incorporating theories derived from the liberal arts base, including physical science, biology, sociology, and political science. An ecological systems framework is used to integrate these various theories in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of person and environment dynamics. This understanding is then used to develop a holistic assessment approach, which is a distinguishing feature of generalist practice. Course emphasis is on the application of this integrated systems framework in the assessment phase of work with individuals, families, and small groups. The course content is linked to other foundation content through its application in the problem-solving process. Teaching methodology includes lecture–discussion and exercises in applied assessment.

SWK 311   Generalist Practice I: Natural Resource Systems
3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to the major
Corequisite: SWK 301, SWK 321, and SWK 331
Teaches a theoretical framework for practice based on three professional assumptions: a regard for human dignity and social justice as fundamental for a democratic society, a recognition of the interconnectedness between person–environment well-being, and the acceptance of holistic problem-solving as optimal for achieving individual and social change. The course focus is on individuals, families, and groups whose concerns may immediately initiate direct services provision on their behalf. These services engage both natural supports and societal resources to favorably influence client well-being. Theoretical content in SWK 301 is conjointly used to implement an ecological social systems approach to assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Teaching methodology incorporates case studies and guest practitioners, as well as lecture–discussion.

SWK 312   Generalist Practice II: Societal Resource Systems
3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to the major
Corequisite: SWK 322 and SWK 352
As an extension of the theoretical framework for generalist practice, the course focus is on societal units (the professional’s agency, other community organizations, the social work profession at large, and the social welfare institution) where concerns exist which may initiate indirect services provision. These services engage colleagues, agency constituents and clients, other professionals, community members, and regional or national groups to critically reflect upon and favorably influence the public well-being through changes in social policies, programs, and practices. Theoretical content from SWK 301 is conjointly used to implement an ecological social systems approach to assessment and intervention. Content from SWK 331 and 352 is similarly used to evaluate policy and program at agency, community, state, regional, and national levels and to suggest strategies for intervention.

SWK 321   Skills Laboratory I
3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to the major
Corequisite: SWK 301, SWK 311 and SWK 331
A basic skills development course linked to the theoretical content of the concurrent foundation courses. The course focus is primarily on direct practice skills for working with clients (individuals, families, and groups) to effect changes in their private well-being. Teaching methodology includes modeling, observation, simulation, role-play, structured exercises, use of audio–video and computer equipment, and peer or instructor feedback.

SWK 322   Grant Writing
3 credits
Prerequisite: COM 431 or HOS 342 or MKT 401 or NRS 335 or PSY 342 or SWK 352 or THE 450
A basic skills development course linked to the theoretical content of the concurrent foundation courses. The course focus is on indirect practice skills for working with agency, community, and societal organizations to improve the social well-being for the common good of all through changes in policy, programs, and service delivery. Teaching methodology includes modeling, observation, simulation, role-play, structured exercises, use of audio–video and computer equipment, and peer or instructor feedback.

SWK 331   Policies and Programs
3 credits
Prerequisite: SWK 101 OR CHH 200
An examination of frameworks for analyzing social welfare policies and programs, and the social worker’s role in policy development and implementation. Special emphasis is placed on a policy’s differential impact on women, minorities of color or other vulnerable groups who may be discriminated against by age, social class, sexual orientation, geographic location, etc. Selected policies related to income assurance, health, mental health, family–child welfare, and older adults are examined in detail.

SWK 352   Research Methods
3 credits
Prerequisite: SWK 210
This course presents the basic principles and methods of social science research. Students are introduced to techniques for critical analysis of the professional practice literature and how, as consumers, they can incorporate research findings into practice. Students also acquire knowledge and skills for applying research with their social work practice as well as in the area of program evaluation.  Students conceptualize research questions, determine appropriate designs and methodologies, and incorporate qualitative and quantitative data analysis.  Professional values and ethics, as well as sensitivity to human diversity, are subsumed within the conduct of research.

SWK 411   Seminar I
2 credits
Admission to degree candidacy
Corequisite: SWK 497
This course is intended to provide a forum for sharing practice accomplishments and practice issues that have arisen during the field experience. Teaching methodology incorporates a seminar format for the discussion of weekly logs, field learning contract assignments, and other experiential learning. This discussion is directed toward strengthening the integration and refinement of generalist practice knowledge, values and skills. An initial focus is on the expanded range of roles required of generalist practice in the assessment and intervention planning with clients, the agency, and others associated with practice activities.

SWK 412   Seminar II
1 credit
Corequisite: SWK 498
This course provides a continuing forum for sharing practice accomplishments and practice issues which have arisen during the field experience. Teaching methodology incorporates a seminar format for the discussion of weekly logs, field learning contract assignments, and other experiential learning. This discussion is directed toward strengthening the integration and refinement of generalist practice knowledge, values, and skills. An additional focus is on agency-specific policy analysis, as well as termination and evaluation activities with clients and the service delivery system.

SWK 421   Family Intervention
3 credits
Admission to degree candidacy
This course builds upon foundation course knowledge about families as well as prerequisite knowledge and skills in assessment and intervention. The course begins by reviewing issues of diversity in family forms and backgrounds, and significant historical changes in the structure and functions of American families. Students are introduced to a number of different models of family treatment, including structural, psychodynamic, communications/strategic, and crisis models. Assessment, intervention, and evaluation techniques specific to work with families are presented, while at the same time maintaining a holistic perspective that includes the social context of the family and relevant cultural aspects. Guest practitioners are brought in to share their experiences and perspectives about family interventions.

SWK 432   Senior Seminar
3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission
A course integrating both classroom and applied learning for entry-level practice. A central component of the seminar is the development of a comprehensive paper about a contemporary social issue or concern currently impacting on social work practice. In keeping with a generalist perspective, the paper will address policy, research, and practice dimensions of the issue. It will be presented and defended on the basis of its relevance, scholarship, and creative thinking. As a concomitant activity, students also engage in reflective analysis of their professional development, complete resumes, and prepare for professional employment search. The teaching methodology emphasizes self-directed inquiry.

SWK 497   Social Work Internship I
4 credits
Admission to degree candidacy
Corequisite: SWK 411
The first course in a two-course sequence, the field experience is designed to provide an educationally guided generalist social work experience in an approved community social services agency. It consists of a minimum of 225 clock hours or approximately 16 hours of applied practice per week in the agency. A learning contract is used to focus on learning expectations, applied practice activities, a time frame for their accomplishment, and the suggested means for their evaluation.

SWK 498   Social Work Internship II
4 credits
Admission to degree candidacy
Prerequisite: SWK 497
Corequisite: SWK 412
The second course in a two-course sequence, the field internship is designed to provide a continuation of an educationally guided generalist social work experience in the same approved community social services agency. It consists of a minimum of an additional 225 clock hours or approximately 16 hours of applied practice per week in the agency. Use of the learning contract is continued as a means of assuring a generalist approach to practice and a systematic plan for the application of learning.

0-18 credits from the following:

SWK 204   Special Topics
1-3 credits
Detailed examination of a current issue or problem in social work.

SWK 360   Practicum in Research I
1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission
Introduction to the practice of developing research skills in the major. Perform, under supervision, various tasks associated with the research process. Tasks may include collection of data, development materials, literature searches, data analysis, report preparation, or other activities.

SWK 362   Practicum in Research II
1-3 credits
Prerequisite: SWK 360, permission
A continuation of SWK 360, a further practice of developing research skills in the major will be explored.  Perform, under supervision, various tasks associated with the research process. Tasks may include collection of data, development materials, or other activities.

SWK 404   Special Topics
3 credits
 Admission to degree candidacy
This course provides theoretical and/or applied learning opportunities in selected fields of practice along with an emphasis on practice skill enhancement and current practice innovations. These topics reflect the particular competencies and interests of the faculty as well as the considered needs and interests of students. A subtitle indicating the specific subject is added each time the course is offered.

SWK 414   Independent Study
3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission
A student-designed learning experience that is submitted in proposal form to a Social Work faculty member to develop a mutually acceptable independent study plan. This faculty-guided experience allows students of superior ability to pursue a topic of interest not available through regular courses.

SWK 422   Law and the Helping Professions
3 credits
This course examines the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Codes that guide helping professionals in their practice with clientele. Attention is directed toward assisting the helping professional recognize the legal duties and responsibilities within their professional lives. Particular emphasis is placed on the children’s code, mental health/developmental disabilities, protective services, care records, mandatory reporting, abuse, domestic violence, and professional conduct.

Ph.D. Cap

Did You Know?

The first graduate (master’s degree) program was started in 1987. The PhD program was started in 2004 (Source: Marian University Archives).

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