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Social Work (SW)

SW 100  Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare  (3)  

The purpose of the course is to introduce interested students to the basic mission, values and ethics, knowledge base, methods, and services of the social work profession. An overview of the United States’ historical response to human needs and the current status of public social welfare policy will be explored. Prerequisite: None.

SW 250  General Social Work Perspectives  (3)  

This course presents an overview of Generalist Social Work Perspectives. The emphasis of this course will be on introducing students to the integration of biological, psychological and social contexts in order to prepare them for upper-level course work in social work theories and practice. Prerequisite: None.

SW 325  Micro Human Behavior & Social Environment  (3)  

The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge about human behavioral interactions, using a person-in-environment perspective. Bio-psycho-social aspects of individual, family and group development and interactions will be emphasized. This course will provide the foundation for developing direct social work practice skills. Prerequisites: SW 100 and SW 250.

SW 326  Macro Human Behavior & Social Environment  (3)  

The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge about human interactions relevant to large groups, organizations, communities, cultures, societies, and other, larger systems. The emphasis will be to build upon the person-in-environment perspective, and to expand this model to encompass the effects of larger systems on individual functioning. This course will provide the foundation for developing social work macro-level practice skills. Prerequisites: SW 100 and SW 250.

SW 350  Social Policy and Programs  (3)  

The major purpose of this course is to develop the conceptual knowledge of policy formulation, and the content, values, and process elements necessary for conducting social policy analysis. Prerequisites: SW 100 and SW 250.

SW 352  Micro Social Work Practice  (3)  

The major purpose of this course is to prepare social work students for their field practicum work. The emphasis is on the development of working knowledge of the generalist practice model, interactional theories, and methods of facilitating change. In addition, there will be an emphasis placed on developing skills for providing social work services. For social work majors only. Prerequisites: SW 100 and SW 250.

SW 353  Macro Social Work Practice II  (3)  

This second practice course will emphasize more advanced theoretical material, and the application of the generalist practice model to more complex systems. Skill development will be emphasized for assessment of client systems, and delivery of social work services. For social work majors only. Prerequisites: SW 100 and SW 250.

SW 354  Seminar & Field Practicum I  (6)  

This course integrates the Field Practicum component and the Practice Seminar. Students will spend 16 hours per week in their field placements, with direct supervision by a licensed professional social worker. Opportunities for engaging in generalist social work practice at micro, mezzo and macro levels will be provided. In addition, students will attend a three-hour seminar each week. The seminar will emphasize the integration of their field experiences with the generalist practice model, and theories of change. Students must make application for the field in their junior year by the posted deadlines. Concurrent enrollment in SW 425 Pre-BSW Practicum Workshop is required. The culmination of the BSW program is the Field Practicum Placement. Two consecutive practicum/seminar courses are required and constitute this culminating educational experience. Prerequisites: SW 100, SW 250, SW 325, SW 326, SW 352, SW 353, and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average; admission to the BSW program; and a practicum-director-approved placement in a Field Practicum.

SW 355  Seminar & Field Practicum II  (6)  

This is the second semester of the field experience and field seminar required for social work majors. The culmination of the BSW program is the Field Practicum Placement. This Practicum requires summative reflection, serving as a culminating experience for Bachelor's degree students. Two consecutive practicum/seminar courses are required and constitute this culminating educational experience. Prerequisites: SW 100, SW 250, SW 325, SW 326, SW 352, SW 353, SW 354; admission to the BSW program; and a practicum director- approved placement in a Field Practicum.

SW 356  Social Work Practice in Healthcare  (3)  

This course introduces students to generalist social work practice in healthcare settings, including the technological, social, political, ethical, and financial factors impacting patient care. This course emphasizes the relevant theories and models for healthcare practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Prerequisite: None.

SW 357  Inclusive and Competent Social Work Practice in Healthcare  (3)  

The purpose of this course is to prepare social workers for generalist healthcare practice with clients with diverse backgrounds. The emphasis is on inclusive and culturally competent social work practice, to include the development of cultural awareness, humility, and knowledge about health and healthcare, as well as issues that can affect inclusive access, such as language and literacy, physical and cognitive ability, gender and sexuality, and macro, policy, and legal factors. Prerequisite: None.

SW 358  Family Decisions in Healthcare  (3)  

The purpose of this course is to provide overall theoretical information about how families function and communicate during the process of health and long-term care decision-making. This course will provide overall generalist social work application skills and addresses interdisciplinary communication skills critical for working in a variety of healthcare settings. Prerequisite: None.

SW 359  Human Sexuality and Social Work Practice  (3)  

The major purpose of this course is to prepare social work students to explore the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural variables associated with sexual identify, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, as well as to introduce a variety of theories explaining sexual behavior, development of sexual norms, and gender fluidity. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of all aspects of human sexual behavior. Prerequisite: None.

SW 360  Geriatric Social Work Practice  (3)  

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of gerontological social work in generalist practice with an emphasis on the principles of practice, the application of research, and the formulation of policies as they relate to older adults. The course will define the role of the social worker from a gerontological perspective and will introduce considerations for special populations that are most vulnerable: aging people of color, the disabled, and gay and lesbian aged. Prerequisite: None.

SW 361  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Social Work majors may pursue an independent research project approved by the BSW Program Director in consultation with the Department Chair. Independent Study may not be used in place of any courses required of the social work major. Independent Study courses must meet equivalencies to Federal definition of a credit hour. Prerequisites: SW 100 and SW 250.

SW 362  Social Work Research I  (3)  

Introduces students to the basic principles of generalist quantitative social work research, including ethics, problem formulation, and quantitative research designs and methodologies. Emphasis is placed on becoming a responsible consumer of quantitative research as well as exploring quantitative evaluation of programs and outcomes of practice. Prerequisites: SW 100 and SW 250.

SW 363  Social Work Research II: App  (3)  

Introduces students to the basic principles of generalist qualitative social work research, including ethics, problem formulation, and qualitative research designs and methodologies. Emphasis is placed on becoming a responsible consumer of qualitative research as well as exploring qualitative evaluation of programs and outcomes of practice. Prerequisites: SW 100 and SW 250.

SW 390  Contemporary Issues in Social Work  (1-3)  

A series of courses are designed to supplement the core curriculum. Each of these four required elective courses will focus on a contemporary issue, and will emphasize the integration of core social work values and ethics, the generalist practice model, and theories of human interactions and change. Specific courses taught under this course number include, among other courses: Child Welfare, Social Work and the Law, Multicultural Social Work, Case Management, and Social Work Policy Practice.

SW 395  Social Work International Service  (3)  

This course uses an international lens to provide BSW students the opportunity to learn about social work practice, including the effects of historical, social, psychological, physical, and environmental conditions on well-being at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. The course will emphasize ways that culture and diversity intersect with social work practice. A portion of this course includes international travel.

SW 425  Pre-BSW Practicum Workshop  (0)  

In this mandatory one-day workshop, BSW students will be oriented to the field practicum, expectations regarding professional comportment, duties/responsibilities in completing tasks, required practicum program paperwork, and other aspects of the practicum experience. Concurrent enrollment in SW 354 Seminar and Field Practicum is required. Prerequisites: SW 100, SW 250, SW 325, SW 326, SW 352, SW 353, and a 2.5 grade point average overall; admission to the BSW program; and a practicum-director-approved placement in a Field Practicum.

SW 606  Micro Human Behavior in Social Environment  (3)  

Presents a bio-psycho-social perspective on the developmental processes of human personality and behavior. It also examines human interactions within the social environment, concentrating on interactions occurring within families and groups, while emphasizing the ecological perspective. Fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only or consent.

SW 607  Macro Human Behavior in Social Environment  (3)  

Students are exposed to concepts and substantive information about persons-in-environment transactions. Emphasis is placed on the structure and dynamic processes of organizations, communities and societies. Spring semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only or consent.

SW 608  Foundations of Social Policy  (3)  

The major purpose of this course is to prepare social work students as social work practitioners to serve as knowledgeable and committed participants in efforts to achieve social and economic justice through social policies and social programs. An important element of this course is the development of a conceptual map to focus the student's ability to critically analyze social policies and develop broad understanding of the dynamics of social policy formulation. In addition, some course content will focus on developing familiarity with the practice skills involved in policy analysis and advocacy. Throughout the course, significant consideration is placed on the actual delivery of social services and social work practice in micro, mezzo, and macro dimensions. Fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only.

SW 609  Social Policy and Advocacy  (3)  

The primary purpose of this course is to prepare social work students to serve as knowledgeable and committed participants in efforts to achieve social and economic justice through advocacy in social policies and programs. A major feature of this course is the emphasis placed on developing knowledge about state legislative procedures and processes in the formulation of important social policies that impact the consumers of social work services. Students will observe the dynamic legislative process and conduct analysis of specific proposals (bills) currently before the state legislature in "real time." Beyond a mere theoretical understanding of this process, an expected outcome of this course is for the student to develop practical skills in policy analysis and social advocacy. Spring semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only or consent.

SW 621  Quantitative Social Work Research  (3)  

Introduces students to the basic principles of quantitative social work research, including ethics, problem formulation, and quantitative research designs and methodologies. Emphasis is placed on teaching students to become critical thinkers and responsible consumers of quantitative research. In addition, students will learn how to utilize various quantitative research strategies and methodologies to evaluate social service programs and practice outcomes. Fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only or consent.

SW 622  Qualitative Social Work Research  (3)  

Introduces students to the basic principles of qualitative social work research, including ethics, problem formulation, and qualitative research designs and methodologies. Emphasis is placed on teaching students to become critical thinkers and responsible consumers of qualitative research. In addition, students will learn how to utilize various qualitative research strategies and methodologies to evaluate social service programs and practice outcomes. Spring semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only or consent.

SW 640  Fundamentals of Social Work Practice  (3)  

Presents concepts and skills of generalist social work practice and includes the ecological and empowerment framework. Attention is given to preparation for the clinical concentration. Included is an examination of multi-level systems practice, and development of cultural competency is emphasized and integrated throughout the course. MSW students must complete this course or its equivalent before enrolling in SW 690, SW 691, and SW 692. Fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only or consent.

SW 680  Clinical Social Work Practice in Healthcare  (3)  

This course introduces students to clinical social work practice in healthcare settings, including the technological, social, political, ethical, and financial factors impacting patient care. This course emphasizes the relevant theories and models for healthcare practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Prerequisite: Enrolled MSW students only.

SW 681  Inclusive and Competent Social Work Practice in Healthcare  (3)  

The purpose of this course is to prepare social workers for clinical health care practice with clients with diverse backgrounds. The emphasis is on inclusive and culturally competent social work practice, to include the development of cultural awareness, humility, and knowledge about health and healthcare, as well as issues that can affect inclusive access, such as language and literacy, physical and cognitive ability, gender and sexuality, and macro, policy, and legal factors.

SW 682  Family Decisions in Healthcare  (3)  

The purpose of this course is to provide overall theoretical information and application about how families function and communicate during the process of health and long term care decision-making. This course allows students to develop clinical skills that assist families in making these difficult end of life and healthcare decisions. This course also addresses interdisciplinary communication skills and how these skills are necessary for working with others who have different professional backgrounds in a variety of healthcare settings.

SW 683  Human Sexuality and Social Work Practice  (3)  

The major purpose of this course is to provide a theoretical background for social work students to explore the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural variables associated with sexual identify, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, as well as introducing a variety of theories explaining sexual behavior, development of sexual norms, and gender fluidity. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of all aspects of human sexual behavior, and will then also learn theoretically-based clinical skills that they can apply in a wide variety of social work settings.

SW 685  Dimensions of Professional Social Work  (3)  

In this course, students will become familiar with the history and development of the social work profession, the history of social welfare, the work ethic of the social work profession, the various roles and related responsibilities of social workers in the many different fields of practice that the profession embraces, career opportunities in social work nationally and internationally, the practical aspects of the NASW Code of Ethics, and selected portions of state rules and regulations that govern the practice of social work in Kansas. In addition, students will have an opportunity to develop sensitivity to, and respect for, human diversity and the value base that underlies the social work professions. An advanced standing student may be required by the MSW Program Director to complete this course. MSW students must complete this course or its equivalent before enrolling in SW 690, SW 691, and SW 692. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only or consent. Required of all regular standing MSW students who have not taken an introductory course to social work and social welfare at the undergraduate or graduate level.

SW 690  Pre-Generalist Practicum Workshop  (0)  

In this mandatory one day workshop, regular standing MSW students will be oriented to the generalist field practicum, expectations regarding professional comportment, duties/responsibilities in completing tasks, required practicum program paperwork, and other aspects of the practicum experience. Concurrent enrollment in SW 650, SW 791 and SW 651 is required. Spring semester only.

SW 691  Generalist Practicum I  (3)  

Students will gain supervised generalist level social work experience in selected community agencies. A minimum of 16 hours per week (240 clock hours) will be spent in mastering the knowledge and skills for multi-level client assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation. Concurrent enrollment in SW 690 and SW 692 is required. Spring semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only, completion of at least 12 graduate hours in the MSW foundation including SW 640, and a practicum-director-approved placement in a field practicum.

SW 692  Generalist Practice Seminar I  (3)  

This seminar, taken concurrently with SW 691, provides students with the opportunity to integrate academic course-work, including values and ethics, with their field practicum experiences. Concurrent enrollment in SW 690 and SW 691 is required. Spring semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only, completion of at least 12 graduate hours in the MSW foundation including SW 640, and a practicum-director-approved placement in a field practicum.

SW 693  Generalist Practicum II  (3)  

This Generalist practicum provides the student further opportunities to gain supervised social work experience in selected community organizations and programs for a minimum of 20 hours per week (160 clock hours). The focus is on refining generalist practice skills, and applying them to more complex social work situations, with multi-level systems. Concurrent enrollment in SW 694 is required. Summer only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only and completion of SW 690, SW 691, and SW 692.

SW 694  Generalist Practice Seminar II  (3)  

This seminar, taken concurrently with SW 693, provides students with further opportunities to integrate academic coursework with the practice of generalist social work. Concurrent enrollment in SW 693 is required. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only and completion of SW 690, SW 691, and SW 692.

SW 700  Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis  (3)  

Presents an in-depth analysis of assessment techniques and diagnostic tools, including the DSM-IV, guided by social work values and ethics. Focus is on developing the knowledge and skills for competent, multi-cultural assessment of client functioning, within societal and environmental contexts. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only and completion of all MSW foundation coursework or consent.

SW 705  Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals  (3)  

Students are expected to develop an understanding of theories, and development of skills, relevant to assessment and intervention with individuals, consistent with social work values and ethics. Special consideration is given to developing cultural competency and providing services to individuals who are vulnerable and/or oppressed. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only and completion of all MSW foundation coursework.

SW 706  Clinical Social Work Practice with Families  (3)  

Students are expected to develop an understanding of theories, and development of skills, relevant to assessment and intervention with families, consistent with social work values and ethics. Special consideration is given to developing cultural competency and providing services to family units who are vulnerable and/or oppressed. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only and completion of all MSW foundation coursework.

SW 707  Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups  (3)  

Students are expected to develop an understanding of theories and development of skills relevant to assessment and facilitation of small group interactions, consistent with social work values and ethics. Special consideration is given to developing cultural competency and providing services to vulnerable populations. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only and completion of all MSW foundation coursework.

SW 777  Continuous Enrollment  (1-3)  

This course is to allow students additional time to complete Capstone, Thesis or Practicum requirements. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

SW 779  Independent Study  (1-3)  

This opportunity for study is designed for students wishing to complete an in-depth project in a specific area. The study must be approved by and coordinated with an individual member of the core social work faculty.

SW 780  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Using a (1-3) credit hour format, a variety of clinical social work electives may be offered. These are meant to introduce a specific topic or intervention skill to students. Elective courses that are currently listed under the special topics number include but are not limited to: Applied Behavior Analysis, Multisystemic Family Therapy, Adult Mental Health, Play Therapy, and Social Work Policy Practice. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only and completion of MSW foundation coursework.

SW 781  Clinical Social Work Practice with the Exceptional Child  (3)  

In this elective clinical course within the MSW program, students are expected to develop an understanding of the historical and current social work practices relating to the educational characteristics, needs, and placement alternatives for exceptional learners. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW Students only, completion of all MSW foundation coursework, and a practicum-director-approved placement in a clinical field practicum.

SW 782  Clinical Social Work Practice in the Educational Environment  (3)  

Students in this content-driven course are expected to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for school social work practice or other forms of social work practice that might be influenced by the educational setting. In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the history, philosophy, and issues/trends of the American educational system. Students will be provided with an opportunity to critically analyze and discuss various historical, philosophical, and current trends in the education system, all the while juxtaposing social work philosophy, ethics, and practice principles against their findings. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only, completion of all MSW foundation coursework, and a practicum-director-approved placement in a clinical field practicum.

SW 783  Clinical Social Work Practice in Schools  (3)  

Students in this course are expected to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective practice of school social work. An emphasis on the impact of policies for student and family functioning is included. Concurrent placement in a school-based clinical practicum is suggested.

SW 784  Psychopharmacology  (3)  

Students in this course are expected to develop the conceptual background needed to understand current pharmacological interventions used with clients. An emphasis is placed on the social worker's role in direct service with the client, the family, and other providers. Ethical issues involved with medications and medication compliance are stressed.

SW 786  Clinical Social Work Practice with Trauma  (3)  

Students in this course are expected to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective clinical or systemic interventions for children, adolescents, and adults who have survived a traumatic event.

SW 787  Geriatric Social Work in Clinical Practice  (3)  

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of gerontological social work in clinical practice with an emphasis on the principles of practice, the application of research, and the formulation of policies as they relate to older adults. The course will define the role of the social worker from a gerontological perspective. It will introduce the student to special populations that are most vulnerable: aging people of color, the disabled, and gay and lesbian aged.

SW 788  Multicultural Social Work in Clinical Practice  (3)  

Students in this course are expected to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective assessment and treatment of ethnic minorities, women, and other disenfranchised groups. The psychological and sociological implications of discrimination are examined from a local, national and international framework, as well as the development of specific skills, including advocacy and empowerment, in working with disadvantaged groups.

SW 789  International Social Work  (3)  

This course is designed to provide clinical social work students with an overview of international aspects of social work and its global context. This course covers working with migration, refugees, natural disasters, terrorism, and human rights issues. It will look at the role of humanitarian groups worldwide. This course will challenge students to explore the various ways that different cultures perceive the role of social work and social workers. Students will learn to analyze social development and policy issues. The course will define the role of the social worker from a global perspective, and introduce the student to special populations worldwide with an emphasis on the most vulnerable.

SW 790  Pre-Clinical Practicum Workshop  (0)  

In this mandatory one day workshop, MSW students will be oriented to the clinical field practicum, expectations regarding professional comportment, duties/responsibilities in completing tasks, required practicum program paperwork, and other aspects of the practicum experience. Concurrent enrollment in SW 791 and SW 792 is required. Fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admitted MSW students only; completion of all MSW foundation coursework, and a practicum-director-approved placement in a clinical field practicum.

SW 791  Clinical Practicum I  (3)  

This first semester of Clinical Practicum is taken concurrently with SW 792 Clinical Seminar. In this semester, students begin their professional development in community agencies. Small case load and close supervision is expected. Concurrent enrollment in SW 790 and SW 792 is required. Fall semester only.

SW 792  Clinical Practice Seminar I  (3)  

In this seminar, taken concurrently with the Clinical Practicum I, students are expected to integrate academic course work, including values and ethics, with the practice of clinical social work, and to analyze and evaluate their effectiveness with clients. Concurrent enrollment in SW 790 and SW 791 is required. Fall semester only.

SW 793  Clinical Practicum II  (3)  

This field experience is a continuation of Clinical Practicum I. Students are expected to further develop their clinical skills for assessment and intervention with individuals, families, and groups. Spring semester only.

SW 794  Clinical Practice Seminar II  (3)  

Clinical Seminar II must be taken concurrently with Clinical Practicum II. This online seminar/online course provides students with further opportunity to integrate academic course work, including values and ethics, with the actual practice of clinical social work, and to think critically about their clinical work with clients. The seminar/online course allows students to continue with peer clinical case consultation format. In addition, the seminar/online course permits students to focus on creating a portfolio that will be reviewed by peers and the instructor at the end of the semester. Spring semester only.

SW 795  Social Work International Service  (3)  

This course uses an international lens to provide MSW students the opportunity to learn about social work practice, including the effects of historical, social, psychological, physical, and environmental conditions on well-being at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. The course will emphasize ways that culture and diversity intersect with social work practice. A portion of this course includes international travel.