SW - Social Work

Department of Social Work, Beaver College of Health Sciences

Graduate Courses in Social Work (SW)

http://socialwork.appstate.edu

Lauren Renkert, Department Chair

SW 5001. Advanced Standing Transitional Seminar (3).SS. This course is intended for students seeking advanced standing in the Master of Social Work degree and is open only to those with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited program. Students enrolling in this course will be tested on their mastery of the content of the foundation year (the first 30 semester hours) of the MSW Program. Successful completion of this course, with a minimum grade of "B" or better, is required of all students seeking advanced standing in the Master of Social Work degree programs. Prerequisite: Admission to advanced standing in the Master of Social Work Degree.

SW 5005. American Social Welfare History and the Social Work Profession (3).F. This course is an introduction to MSW-level professional Social Work. It provides a comprehensive overview of the social, political and economic contexts that led to the emergence of the profession of Social Work, service delivery systems and related policies, and professional ethics and values.

SW 5010. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3).F. This is the first of two courses in the MSW foundation year that provide knowledge for understanding and assessing human behavior and interaction in varied social, cultural, and economic contexts as a necessary foundation for effective social work practice. The course will examine bio-psycho-social development from birth through early adolescence, utilizing ecological systems and life span/life course perspectives.

SW 5020. Practice with Individuals and Families (3).F. This first practice course of the MSW foundation year includes development of basic social work skills regarding communication and interviewing, assessment and intervention, evaluation, and termination, with an emphasis on micro systems. There is emphasis on the application of social work theory, values and ethics to practice and adaptation of intervention approaches to meet the needs of vulnerable groups and diverse populations.

SW 5030. Foundations of Social Work Research (3).F. Examines processes of theory building and a variety of scientific methods that provide the foundation for research in social work settings. Students will have the opportunity to learn about elements in social work research that include social work ethics, problem formulation, research design, data analysis and reporting, and utilization of research in social work venues.

SW 5040. Field Practicum and Seminar I (3).F. Supervised placement in a human service agency provides the student the opportunity to apply in a practicum setting material learned in the other MSW foundation courses. The practicum will include micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice. The seminar will provide the student opportunities to explore field-based practice, policy issues, and theories. Students will complete 240 hours in the practicum. Graded on an S/U basis.

SW 5200. Social Welfare Policy Analysis and Practice (3).S. This course provides an in-depth knowledge of social welfare policies, including exploration of social problems, assessment of policy alternatives, analysis of policy implementation, prioritization of revisions, and introduction to strategies for policy change. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the impact of policies on varied client populations. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030 and SW 5040 or permission of the instructor.

SW 5210. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3).S. This is the second of two human behavior courses in the MSW foundation year that provide a basis for effective social work practice. This course examines bio-psycho-social development from late adolescence through the late adulthood, utilizing ecological systems and life span/life course perspectives. The influence of macro systems on human development and behavior will be addressed. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, and SW 5040 or permission of the instructor.

SW 5220. Practice with Groups and Communities (3).S. The course uses the knowledge and skills of social work and builds on this foundation to include groups and community practice. Knowledge of theories, models and interventions for group and community practice that are learned in the class are integrated and applied in the concurrent student field internship. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, and SW 5040 or permission of the instructor.

SW 5230. Evaluation of Professional Social Work Practice (3).S. This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to conduct planned evaluations of social work practice with varied client populations at the micro- and macro- levels. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, and SW 5040 or permission of the instructor.

SW 5240. Field Practicum and Seminar II (3).S. Supervised placement in a human service agency provides the student the opportunity to apply in a practicum setting material learned in the other MSW foundation courses. The practicum will include micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice. The seminar will provide the student opportunities to explore field-based practice, policy issues, and theories. Students will complete 240 hours in the practicum. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, and SW 5040. Graded on an S/U basis.

SW 5245. Social Work Practice in Health Care (3).On Demand. This course is an introductory seminar on contemporary health social work. It provides an evidence-based overview of the social, cultural, environmental, and political contexts affecting health promotion, prevention, and intervention on local, national, and global levels. Students will learn skills necessary for work in interdisciplinary health-related settings and develop a deeper understanding and empathy for the experience of health challenges. [Dual -listed with SW 4245]

SW 5270. School Social Work (3).F. Study of the role and competencies of the school social worker as a member of the pupil personnel team in the U.S. educational system. Social work practice in the school setting with students, their families, and communities will be examined. The course will focus on addictions, disabilities, pregnancy, poverty, and serious behavioral difficulties. Discussion of NC school social work licensure, policies, current issues, and reforms in education will also be included. [Dual-listed with SW 4270.]

SW 5500. Independent Study (1-4).On Demand. Variable content.

SW 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand. This course provides students with an opportunity to study a special topic or combination of topics not otherwise provided for in the Social Work curriculum.

SW 5700. Advanced Social Work Assessment (3).F. Building on beginning practice skills developed in the MSW foundation year, this required course in the Individuals and Families concentration will provide students with advanced skills for conducting comprehensive, social work theory-based assessments of individuals, couples, and families across the life span. In preparation for interdisciplinary practice, various theoretical perspectives regarding assessment and diagnosis and common classifications of mental health disorders, including diagnostic criteria, will be explored. Prerequisites: successful completion of the MSW foundation curriculum (SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, SW 5040, SW 5200, SW 5210, SW 5220, SW 5230, and SW 5240) or permission of the instructor.

SW 5710. Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3).F. This practice course in the Individuals and Families concentration builds on the two practice courses and other content from the MSW foundation year, and integrates content from the advanced assessment course taught in this concentration. It is designed to provide students with theory, intervention techniques, and practice skills for social work practice with families across the life span and in the context of larger environments. Prerequisites: successful completion of the MSW foundation curriculum (SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, SW 5040, SW 5200, SW 5210, SW 5220, SW 5230, and SW 5240) or permission of the instructor.

SW 5720. Individuals and Families Field Practicum and Seminar I (3).F. The field practicum consists of an agency experience that offers opportunities for advanced practice with children, adults, and families. Students will demonstrate advanced skills in assessment, intervention, and practice with children and adults using an ecological-systems and strengths-based perspective. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to examine their practice and the influences of theory and policy on practice. Students will complete 240 hours in the practicum. Prerequisites: successful completion of the MSW foundation curriculum (SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, SW 5040, SW 5200, SW 5210, SW 5220, SW 5230, and SW 5240). Graded on an S/U basis.

SW 5730. Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents (3).S. This course is the second practice course in the Individuals and Families concentration under the MSW degree building on Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (SW 5710). It is designed to provide students with a theory, practice skills and techniques for social work practice with children and adolescents. Continued emphasis is given to a family systems theory and ecological systems and strengths-based perspective as it applies to treatment for children and adolescents within a social work practice context. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5700, SW 5710, and SW 5720 or permission of the instructor.

SW 5740. Advanced Social Work Practice with Adults (3).S. This course is the fourth required in the Individuals and Families concentration under the MSW degree. Building on content regarding advanced assessment and practice with families in context, this course provides students with theory, intervention techniques, and practice skills for advanced social work practice with adults across the life span. Attention to the vast differences among adults, and to the meanings and influence of diverse cultures, organizations, and institutions, will serve as the framework for this course. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5700, SW 5710, and SW 5720 or permission of the instructor.

SW 5750. Individuals and Families Field Practicum and Seminar II (3).S. The field practicum consists of an agency experience that offers opportunities for advanced practice with children, adults, and families. Students will demonstrate advanced skills in assessment, intervention, and practice with children and adults using an ecological-systems and strengths-based perspective. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to examine their practice and the influences of theory and policy on practice. Students will complete 240 hours in the practicum. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5700, SW 5710, and SW 5720. Graded on an S/U basis.

SW 5810. Advanced Community Social Work Practice (3).F. This advanced course focuses on the social work principles of empowerment and social change as they apply to communities. Building upon the foundation introduction to macro community practice and related theories, students will gain a more detailed knowledge of the skills and strategies needed to engage effectively in community organizing, development and planning. Consistent with social work's focus on oppressed and disenfranchised populations, students will explore the concept of community diversity, moving beyond the concept of race/ethnicity. Students will also gain advanced skills in the use of various community assessments. Prerequisites: successful completion of the MSW foundation curriculum (SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, SW 5040, SW 5200, SW 5210, SW 5220, SW 5230, and SW 5240) or permission of the instructor.

SW 5820. Social Welfare Organizational Management (3).F. Examines the social work professional issues and trends that influence planning and managing human service organizations, including organizational theories and conflict management. Prerequisites: successful completion of the MSW foundation curriculum (SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, SW 5040, SW 5200, SW 5210, SW 5220, SW 5230, and SW 5240) or permission of the instructor.

SW 5830. Community and Organizational Practice Field Practicum and Seminar I (3).F. The field practicum consists of an agency/organization experience that offers opportunities relative to community and organizational practice. Building on the skills and knowledge learned in the MSW foundation year, students will demonstrate advanced skills in working in the areas of community practice, nonprofit and public administration, and organizational management. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to examine their practice and the influences of theory and policies on practice. Students will complete 240 hours in the practicum. Prerequisites: successful completion of the MSW foundation curriculum (SW 5005, SW 5010, SW 5020, SW 5030, SW 5040, SW 5200, SW 5210, SW 5220, SW 5230, and SW 5240). Graded on an S/U basis.

SW 5840. Nonprofit and Public Human Services Administration (3).S. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to become effective leaders within nonprofit and public human service organizations. Students will have the opportunity to learn about key organizational issues such as organizational goals and objectives, strategic planning, personnel and Board management, fundraising, proposal writing, and budget development and oversight. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5810, SW 5820, and SW 5830 or permission of the instructor.

SW 5850. Community and Organizational Cultures (3).S. This advanced course in the Communities and Organizational Management concentration under the MSW degree builds on the theories of community from SW 5220 and SW 5810, and management skills and organizational theories from SW 5820. Students will develop the skills needed to critically analyze the nuances of organizational and community cultures from a social work perspective. Students will also gain advanced skill in applying social work concepts such as empowerment and social justice to their analysis. Finally, students will be exposed to a variety of tools for examining organizational and community culture and will explore social work interventions to form, maintain, change and manage organizational community cultures. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5810, SW 5820, and SW 5830 or permission of the instructor.

SW 5860. Community and Organizational Practice Field Practicum and Seminar II (3).S. The field practicum consists of an agency/organization experience that offers opportunities relative to community and organizational practice. Building on the skills and knowledge learned in the MSW foundation year, students will demonstrate advanced skills in working in the areas of community practice, nonprofit and public administration, and organizational management. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to examine their practice and the influences of theory and policies on practice. Students will complete 240 hours in the practicum. Prerequisites: successful completion of SW 5810, SW 5820, and SW 5830. Graded on an S/U basis.