Western Kentucky University

Course Descriptions

BACHELOR'S OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM

 SWRK 101-Foundations of Human Services

 Starting with the basic principles, concepts and a historical perspective, the course will examine problems addressed by diverse social service programs and explore their activities.

 SWRK 205-Introduction to Social Work

 An introduction to the social work profession and its value, skill and knowledge bases. The history, development, and current status of the social work profession are explored. This introductory course emphasizes appreciation of and respect for human diversity as core concerns of professional social work practice.

 SWRK 270- Mental Health and Social Policy

 A survey course of the mental health delivery system in the United States. Services and issues will be discussed.

 SWRK 325-Social Work and Women in Society

 Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. This course will provide an analysis of women's status and position within our society, based on the premise that women's experiences emerge from society's political, social, and economic structures. Content areas emphasized include women and social change, violence, poverty, men, and feminist change strategies

 SWRK 326-Services for Older Americans

 Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. This course focuses on individual and societal aspects of aging with emphasis on programs, resources and services to meet the social tasks of later life.

 SWRK 330-Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

 Prerequisites: SWRK 101 and 205. Prerequisite for majors: Admission to the program. Corequisities: SWRK 375 The social, natural, and behavioral sciences are used to examine human behavior across the life span, especially as influenced by ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.

 SWRK 331-Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

 Prerequisite: SWRK 330. Human behavior in the social environment with emphasis on families, groups, organizations, communities, and cultures. The importance of diversity and the human environment as factors in influencing behavior will be highlighted.

 SWRK 344-Social Work Statistics and Data Analysis

 Prerequisites: MATH 116 or equivalent, SWRK 101, 205. Enrollment limited to a social work major or minor.An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, focusing on integrating research and social work practice, and computer applications in research.

 SWRK 345-Social Work Research Methods

 Prerequisite: SWRK 344. An introduction to concepts, research design, and program evaluation in social work research. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in utilizing research information in social work practice.

 SWRK 356-Services for Juvenile Offenders

 Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. The nature and extent of delinquency, structure, and function of the juvenile court will be stressed. Emphasis will be on the provision of services to the juvenile offenders and their families.

 SWRK 375-Social Work Practice I

 Pre-requisites: SWRK 101 and SWRK 205 and admission to the Social Work program.Co-Requisites: SWRK 330. Emphasizes development of knowledge, values, and skills necessary for effective interventions with individuals and families. Course content will be examined from an ecological social systems perspective that emphasizes empowerment and cultural competency.

 SWRK 378-Social Work Practice II

 Pre-requisites: SWRK 330 and SWRK 375, restricted to social work majors.The second of three practice classes that equip students with theory and skills for effective generalist social work practice with groups.

 SWRK 379-Introduction to Social Work Communication Skills

 Pre-Requisite: SWRK 330 and SWRK 375. Study and practice of interviewing individuals, families, and groups. The skill of relationship building as it relates to both micro and macro practice of social work is emphasized.

 SWRK 381-Social Work Practice III

 Prerequisite: SWRK 379. The third of three practice classes that equip students with theory and skills for effective generalist social work practice with organizations and communities.

 SWRK 395-Social Welfare Policy and Issues

 Prerequisites: SWRK 330. An understanding of the historical perpectives of social welfare policies as they affect current policy issues. Includes examination of the processes of policy formulation. Models of policy analysis assist students in identifying, and their impact on citzens representing a diversity of backgrounds.

 SWRK 433-Ethical Issues in Social Work

 Prerequisites: SWRK 101 and SWRK 205 or permission of instructor.An examination of professional ethics and common ethical dilemmas in social work. Models of ethical decision making are applied in case vignettes.

 SWRK 433G-Ethical Issues in Social Work

 Prerequisite: permission of instructor. An examination of professional ethics and common ethical dilemmas in social work. Models of ethical decision making are applied in case vignettes.

 SWRK 436-Services to Children Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. A survey of institutional and community services with focus on principles of social services for children and their families.

 SWRK 436G-Services to Children

 A survey of institutional and community services with focus on principles of social services for children and their families.

 SWRK 450-Child Maltreatment

 Prerequisite: Junior standing. Comprehensive introduction to child abuse and neglect from a social work perspective. The extent of the problem, effects on children, treatment issues, the social worker's role, and advocacy on behalf of individuals and families are explored. This course is the first of two specific course requirements for the Public Child Welfare Certification Program available through WKU and the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children.

 SWRK 451-Child Maltreatment Intervention

 Prerequisites: SWKR 375 and 450. Second of two specific course requirements for the Public Child Welfare Certification Program available through WKU and the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children. Covers various practice skills and treatment interventions related to social work with abused neglected children and their families. Students will have several opportunities to develop their own skills through a variety of teaching methods.

 SWRK 480-Social Work Field Practicum I

 Prerequisites: SWRK 345, 378, 381, field director approval and senior standing. Corequisite: SWRK 481. Social Work practice experience in a social agency.

 SWRK 481-Social Work Field Seminar I

 Prerequisites: SWRK 345, 378, 381, and admission to the field internship, and senior standing. Corequisites: SWRK 480. Integration of the knowledge, skills, values, and experiences gained in the internship.

 SWRK 482-Social Work Field Practicum II

 Prerequisites: SWRK 480/481. Corequisite: SWRK 483. Continued social work practice experience in a social service agency.

 SWRK 483-Social Work Field Seminar II

 Prerequisites: SWRK 480/481. Corequisites: SWRK 482. Integrates the knowledge, skills, values, and experiences gained during the second semester of the internship.

 SWRK 485-Integrated Social Work Practice

 Prerequisite: SWRK 331, 375, 379. Overview of social work practice theories, skills, cultural competencies, values and policies. Provides a framework for contextualiziing social work practice interventions across multilevel client systems. Includes preparation for the field practicum experience and professional development.

 SWRK 490-Selected Topics in Social Work

 Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. This course permits in-depth examination of selected topics in social work. The specific topics vary. May be repeated with different topics.

 SWRK 495-Independent Directed Study

 Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent of director. Available to students who wish to conduct individual, intensive reading and research in a specific area of social work, in close cooperation with supervising faculty. Approval required prior to enrollment.

 SWRK 496-Independent Directed Study

 Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent of director. Available to students who wish to conduct individual, intensive reading and research in a specific area of social work, in close cooperation with supervising faculty. Approval required prior to enrollment.

 Last Modified 4/21/14