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BSW Course Descriptions

Description of Social Work Major & Prerequisites

The social work major consists of 54 semester hours, 48 hours in social work and 6 hours in advisor consent electives. Consistent with the program’s emphasis on a liberal arts foundation, during the freshman and sophomore years, students will typically take courses in English, speech, political science, economics, math (college algebra), biology, sociology, psychology, western civilization, and the humanities. These courses will also fulfill general education requirements.


Specific prerequisites to be completed prior to admission to the BSW program include:

SWRK 101

SWRK 205

ENG 100

Math 115 or Math 116 or Math 117 or Math 118 or Math 119

PSY 100/PSYS 100 or PSY 220/PSYS 220

PS 110

ECON 150 or ECON 202 or ECON 203

SOCL 100 or AGRI 108

BIOL 113 or BIO 120 or BIO 131

Students must complete either PSY/PSYS or SOCL/AGRI prior to admission. The other can be taken the first semester into the major.  Students must also complete ECON or PS prior to admission. The other can be taken the first semester into the major.

For complete application procedures and guidelines, visit the BSW Admissions page.

Required Courses

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 330 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

Prerequisites: SWRK 101 and SWRK 205. Prerequisite for majors: Admission to the program.

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 and SWRK 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 375 - Social Work Practice I

Prerequisites: SWRK 101 and SWRK 205, and admission to the program. Co-Requisite: SWRK 330.  The first of three practice classes that equip students with theory and skills for effective generalist social work practice with individuals and their interpersonal networks.


SWRK 378 - Social Work Practice II

Prerequisites: 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

Prerequisites: 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

Prerequisite: SWRK 330. An understanding of the historical perspectives 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 citizens representing a diversity of backgrounds.


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. (Grading: Pass/Fail).

Students must successfully complete SWRK 480 and 481 in the same semester to continue in the BSW major.

--OR--

SWRK 481 - Social Work Field Seminar I

Prerequisites: SWRK 345, 378, 381, field director approval, and senior standing. Corequisite: 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. (Grading: Pass/Fail)

--OR--

SWRK 483 - Social Work Field Seminar II

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

Students must successfully complete SWRK 482 and 483 in the same semester to continue in the BSW major.

Electives

In addition to the required courses, one SWRK elective and six hours of advisor consent electives at the 300-400 level must be completed. These electives must be approved by the advisor. Please see the list of all courses for elective options.

Life or Work Experience

Consistent with the expectations of the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation’s Handbook of Accreditation Standards and Procedures (2015, p. 15), the WKU BSW program does not grant academic credit for life or work experience.

List of All Courses

* Denotes an elective course


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 300 - Diversity and Social Welfare *

Prerequisite: 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses or junior status. This course engages students in the analysis of the nature and impact of economics, political and social ideologies, and cultural forces that shape the development of social welfare policies impacting diverse populations in the United States and abroad. The course emphasizes comparative approaches to the analysis of welfare policies influencing service delivery locally and globally. Policies covered include those that address: poverty, public assistance, health and behavioral health care, criminal justice, child welfare, food insecurity, and homelessness. Specific attention will be paid to the implications of social welfare policies for economic, environmental, and social justice issues and their impact on marginalized populations. Colonnade K-LG


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.  Field trips to off-campus locations are required.  Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.


SWRK 330 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

Prerequisites: SWRK 101 and SWRK 205. Prerequisite for majors: Admission to the program.

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 and SWRK 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.  Field trips to off-campus locations are required.  Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.


SWRK 357 - Case Management *

This course introduces students to the fundamental aspects of case management (service coordination), including common case management roles, processes, responsibilities, and employment challenges.   Major content areas include: case management roles (including advocate, broker, resource coordinator), the roles and responsibilities of the multidisciplinary team (including nurses, social worker, physicians, and other disciplines), case management with special populations (forensic, geriatric, children, diverse populations), and the responsibilities of a case manager working in health care and mental health settings.  Students will be introduced to the employment challenges of case management (types of programs that hire case managers, workforce retention issues, expectations of case manager, and job satisfaction).  Students will develop familiarity with how case managers and clients interface with individual, group, and family systems.   Students will develop knowledge of case management ethics and explore common ethical dilemmas and boundaries issues that confront case managers.


SWRK 375 - Social Work Practice I

Prerequisites: SWRK 101 and SWRK 205, and admission to the program. Co-Requisite: SWRK 330.  The first of three practice classes that equip students with theory and skills for effective generalist social work practice with individuals and their interpersonal networks.


SWRK 378 - Social Work Practice II

Prerequisites: 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

Prerequisites: 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

Prerequisite: SWRK 330. An understanding of the historical perspectives 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 citizens 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 437 - Military Social Work *

This course is designed to increase knowledge and competence in the area of social work services delivered to military personnel, Veterans and their families. Knowledge, values and skills required to work with this special population will be covered, along with evidence-based interventions that would be best suited for this area of social work practice.


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: SWRK 375 and SWRK 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. (Grading: Pass/Fail).

Students must successfully complete SWRK 480 and 481 in the same semester to continue in the BSW major.


SWRK 481 - Social Work Field Seminar I

Prerequisites: SWRK 345, 378, 381, field director approval, and senior standing. Corequisite: 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. (Grading: Pass/Fail)


SWRK 483 - Social Work Field Seminar II

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

Students must successfully complete SWRK 482 and 483 in the same semester to continue in the BSW major.


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 - 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 - 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.

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