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Social Work Courses

SWK 231 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK (3 s.h.)
Introduction to social problems and social service systems designed to impact upon those problems. Introduction to social work as a profession, its ethics, values, knowledge base, skills base, history and fields of practice. This course is a prerequisite to all other social work courses except SWK 315 and SWK 332. This course is offered every semester.

SWK 235 HUMAN/BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS (3 s.h.)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the human body and the impact major diseases have upon the individual and the systems with which he or she interacts. These diseases include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, cerebrovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, diseases of the liver, and HIV/AIDS. The course will also examine communities and their health status in the United States as a part of the global community. Epidemics, environmental threats, health care, underserved populations in community health, and community health priorities and issues for the 21st century will be explored. Prerequisite: SWK 231, PSY 101, SOC 151

SWK 240 PROFESSIONAL WRITING AND CRITICAL THINKING (3 s.h.)
This course introduces students to the American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing. The ethics of writing, indicating the acceptable forms and practices of recognizing the ideas and intellectual properties of others will be explored in this course. The course will examine the concept of plagiarism. The course will address the role of the Internet and the information it provides in writing professional papers. It will also offer suggestions for using computer technology at various stages of the research process. The course will develop strong writing skills necessary for professional papers, case documentation, report writing, and agency correspondence. Prerequisites: ENG 101. This course is offered every semester.

SWK 300 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I (3 s.h.)
Various theoretical perspectives regarding the bio-psycho-social development of the individual and the family from pre-natal through early adolescence. Prerequisites: SWK 231, SWK 235, SOC 151, and PSY 101. This course is offered every fall semester.

SWK 302 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II (3 s.h.)
This course continues exploration of development of the individual and family from middle adulthood through later years. Prerequisites: SWK 300. This course is offered every spring semester.

SWK 304 FAMILY SOCIAL WORK (3 s.h.)
Introduction to the family as a social system, patterns of family communication and interaction, and the concept of intervention with the family. Prerequisite: SWK 231 This course is offered as needed.

SWK 315 HELPING PROCESSES (3 s.h.)
An introduction to the giving and taking of help, the communication process, the helping relationship, the problem-solving model, and various intervention concepts and theories. This is a pre-practice course open to all majors. Prerequisites: none. This course is offered every semester.

SWK 332 METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (3 s.h.)
The scientific method, research design, including single systems design and program evaluation, data-gathering techniques, and data analysis. The student will develop and conduct an original research project. Prerequisites: Statistics, SWK 231. This course is offered every fall semester.

SWK 340 SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK (3 s.h.)
This course focuses on major issues in education and historical, philosophical and political influences of school social work practice. A variety of social work skills, interventions, and theories applicable to the delivery of school social work services are discussed. Prerequisite: SWK 231. This course is offered during the summer term.

SWK 350 HUMAN DIVERSITY AND POPULATIONS-AT-RISK (3 s.h.)
This course focuses on the dynamics and consequences of discrimination, economic deprivation, and oppression of people of color, women, gays, and lesbian persons, people with physical disabilities, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, military families, rural populations, and other populations at risk. The history of diverse groups and populations will be explored and the many myths, stereotypes, and prejudices that surround these groups will be discussed. Prerequisite: SWK 231. This course is offered every fall semester.

SWK 370 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SERVICES I (3 s.h.)
Key historical, political, economic and ideological events in relation to the social welfare system in the United States with an introduction of current welfare policies and programs. Prerequisites: SWK 231 and PSC 151. This course is offered every semester.

SWK 372 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SERVICES II (3 s.h.)
Current social welfare policy of the U. S. Approaches to social welfare in other Western nations, and values reflected in policy options are explored and analyzed. The impact of social welfare policy upon social work practice is studied. Prerequisite: SWK 370. This course is offered every semester.

SWK 375 CHILD WELFARE (3 s.h.)
Policies, programs, and issues relating to the child welfare system are examined, including protective services, out-of-home placements, adoption, day care, and public school programs. Prerequisite: SWK 231. This course is offered as needed.

SWK 380 SOCIAL WORK WITH OLDER ADULTS (3 s.h.)
This course provides foundation knowledge and skills for working with older individuals, their families, and the community. Skills in helping such as interviewing, assessment and planning, intervention and evaluation, are presented and practiced as applicable to older adults. Systems providing services to older adults such as income maintenance, health care, nutrition, housing, mental health, social and institutional care are presented. Students learn strategies to act as advocates and change agents on behalf of older adults. Prerequisite: SWK 231 and GRN 301

SWK 385-395 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL WORK (3 s.h.)
A subject in social work not covered in depth in the regular curriculum. Topics vary. Can be repeated for credit with a different topic. Prerequisite: SWK 231. This course is offered as needed.

SWK 420 PRACTICE METHODS I (3 s.h.)
Introduction to social work practice methods, including development of skills in interviewing, assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of practice. Prerequisites: SWK 231,235, 300, 302, 315, 332, 350, 370, 432, and admission to the Social Work Program. This course is offered every semester.

SWK 424 PRACTICE METHODS II (3 s.h.)
Practice methodology for work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Emphasis on macro level practice. Prerequisite: SWK 420 with a grade of C or better. This course is offered every semester as needed.

SWK 475 FIELD PRACTICUM (9 s.h.)
The student is placed in an approved social welfare agency for supervised learning experience of no less than 400 contact hours. Requires a weekly seminar. Prerequisites: senior class standing, admission to the social work program, approval of Field Coordination, acceptance by agency, SWK 231, SWK 235, 300, 302, 315, 332, 350, 370, 420, 432, SOC 151, SOC 282, PSY 101, PSC 151, CSC 100, PSY 341 and a course in statistics. Field practicum is offered every semester. Co-requisite: SWK 424 Students who do not receive a grade of C or better may repeat the course one time only. The Methodist University Social Work Program Field Practicum Handbook for exceptions and requirements of students enrolled in field practicum

SWK 480 SOCIAL WORK CAPSTONE SEMINAR (3 s.h.)
The Capstone Seminar provides a mechanism for integrating the liberal arts perspective and social work course content with the concurrent Field Experience. This course helps students to embrace social work values and conduct themselves according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics as they prepare for generalist social work practice. Further the course will enable the student to continue to acquire social work skills, abilities and knowledge and use these in a person-in environment perspective.

SWK 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK (1-3 s.h.)
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in their major. Requires approval by the faculty adviser, the supervising professor, and the Department Head and approval by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.

 

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