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SWK 231 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK
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
SWK 235 HUMAN/BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
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
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
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
SWK 332 METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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