Social Work Courses
SWK 2310 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, and fields of practice. This course requires a service learning component and is a prerequisite to all other social work courses except SWK 2400, 3050, 3150, 3500, 3320 and 3750. This course is offered every semester.
SWK 2350 HUMAN/BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS (3 s.h.)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the human body and the impact biological processes and environmental systems have upon behavior and health, especially mental health. Health care, underserved populations and the role of social work will be explored. Prerequisite: SWK 2310. This course is offered spring semester only.
SWK 2400 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 1010. This course is offered spring semester only.
SWK 2600 INTRODUCTION TO CLANDESTINE LABS (3 s.h.)
This course offers an introduction to, and examination of illegal drug production laboratories. Clandestine drug operations generate a wide variety of law enforcement, social, societal, socioeconomic, and environmental problems. This course is designed to examine these problems. The course is comprised of three modules: Module 1 covers law enforcement issues; Module 2 covers societal issues; and Module 3 covers environmental and economic issues. Cross-listed as JUS 2600 and ENM 2600. Offered every spring semester.
SWK 3000 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I (3 s.h.)
Systems theory and the ecological perspective applied to the bio-psycho-social development of the individual and the family from the pre-natal stage through early adolescence. Prerequisites: SWK 2310, 2350, 2400, SOC 1510, PSY 1010, or permission of the department chair. This course is offered every fall semester.
SWK 3020 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II (3 s.h.)
This course applies systems theory and the ecological perspective to the of development of the individual and family from middle adulthood through later years. Prerequisite: SWK 3000. This course is offered every spring semester.
SWK 3040 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 2310. This course is offered as needed.
SWK 3050 DEATH AND DYING (3 s.h.)
Personal and societal reaction to death with emphasis on euthanasia and suicide and the experience of the dying individual in relation to self, family, and care-providing institutions. Cross listed as GRN 3050 and SOC 3050. This course is offered as needed.
SWK 3100 SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY (3 s.h.)
This course will allow students to fully understand the dynamics associated with the provision of services to those who are abusing or are addicted to drugs. This course is designed to introduce students to methods of intervention for treating those who are abusing or are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. This course will provide students the knowledge to work effectively with those who abuse substances and with the issues that are associated with addiction. The course will also examine other addictions such as gambling and eating disorders. This course is offered as needed.
SWK 3150 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. This course is offered every semester.
SWK 3320 METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (3 s.h.)
This course covers the scientific method and research design, including an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The student will develop an original research proposal. Prerequisites: SOC 2200, JUS 2200, MAT 2200, PSY 2500 or ECO 2160, or by special permission of the department chair. Cross listed as JUS3320 and SOC 3320. This course is offered every fall semester.
SWK 3400 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 2310. This course is offered as needed.
SWK 3450 PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING (3 s.h.)
This course will examine changes with aging in various body systems, diseases found primarily among the aging, and maintenance of health in aging, especially through nutrition and exercise programs. Cross listed as GRN 3450 and SOC 3450. This course is offered as needed.
SWK 3500 HUMAN DIVERSITY AND POPULATIONS-AT-RISK (3 s.h.)
This course focuses on the dynamics and consequences of discrimination, economic deprivation, and oppression of: women, gay and lesbian persons, people with disabilities, African Americans, Latinos, 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: EDU 2510 or permission of instructor or department chair. This course is offered every semester.
SWK 3700 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 to current welfare policies and programs. Prerequisites: SWK 2310, 2400 and PSC 1510 or permission of the department chair. This course is offered every fall semester.
SWK 3720 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 3700. This course is offered every spring semester.
SWK 3750 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. This course is offered as needed.
SWK 3800 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. Prerequisites: SWK 2310 and GRN 3010. This course is offered as needed.
SWK 3850-3950 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 2310. These courses are offered as needed.
SWK 4200 PRACTICE METHODS I (3 s.h)
Introduction to social work practice methods with micro and mezzo client populations. It includes the development of skills in interviewing, assessment, planning, intervention, termination and evaluation of practice. This course requires a service learning component. Prerequisites: SWK 2310, 2350, 2400, 3000, 3150, 3320, 3500, 3700, or permission of the department chair and admission to the Social Work Program. This course is offered every semester.
SWK 4240 PRACTICE METHODS II (3 s.h)
This course provides an overview of theories, concepts, and practice skills, including evaluation, relating to work with groups, organizations, and community based program planning. Entry-level generalist social work practitioners work not only with individuals and families, but also with groups, organizations and communities. It is important to develop a wide range of skills and strategies for interventions with diverse and oppressed populations including women, minorities of color, gays, and lesbians, the poor, military and rural populations. Prerequisites: SWK 2310, 2350, 2400, 3000, 3020, 3150, 3320, 3500, 3700 and 3720 or permission of the department chair. and admission to the Social Work Program This course is offered every semester.
SWK 4200 & SWK 4240
Students who do not receive a grade of C or better may repeat these courses one time only. Refer to the Methodist University Social Work Program Field Practicum Handbook for exceptions and requirements of students enrolled in Field Practicum. SWK 4200 and 4240 are taken during the same semester.
SWK 4750 FIELD EDUCATION SEMINAR (9 s.h.)
The student is placed in an approved social welfare agency for supervised learning experience of no less than 4000 contact hours. Requires a weekly seminar. Prerequisites: 2.0 overall GPA; 2.5 major GPA; senior class standing; admission to the social work program; approval of the Field Coordinator; acceptance by agency; SWK 2310, 2350, 2400, 3000, 3020, 3150, 3320, 3500, 3700, 3720, 4200, 4240; SOC 1510; PSY 1010, 3410; PSC 1510; and a course in statistics. Offered every semester.
SWK 4800 SOCIAL WORK CAPSTONE SEMINAR (3 s.h)
The Social Work Capstone Seminar runs concurrently with the Field Education component of the Social Work curriculum. It meets for 2.5 hours weekly every Monday at a designated time. It is an academic course in Social Work Education which is focused on the synthesis of knowledge, values, and skills from earlier courses. Prerequisites: 2.0 GPA overall; 2.5 GPA in the major (C or better only applies to SWK prefix courses); senior class standing; admission to the Social Work program; approval of Field Coordinator, acceptance by agency; SWK 2310, 2350, 2400, 3000, 3020, 3150, 3320, 3500, 3700, 3720, 4200, 4240, SOC 1510, PSY 1010, 3410, PSC 1510, and a course in statistics. Offered every semester.
SWK 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK (1-3 s.h.)
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.