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Wilmer Hepker School of Social Work Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

GRADUATE COURSES - SOCIAL WORK

SOWK 500 SPECIALIZED FOCUS IN CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK (title of specialized focus)3; 9
An in-depth seminar that focuses on a particular area of clinical social work.  Specific subjects will vary from quarter to quarter on topics such as current social work processes and practices, assessment, research theory, social justice, diversity and policy.
SOWK 508 SOCIAL WORK, RELIGION, AND SPIRITUALITY3
An exploration of religious and spiritual philosophies, values, ethics, and principles in the practice of social work.  Particular attention is paid to the impact of religion and spirituality in the lives of practitioners and clients alike.  Topics examined include religious/spiritual assessment, personal religious/spiritual development, world religious beliefs, Christian beliefs, and spiritually sensitive practice.
SOWK 510 PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION3
The historical and contemporary study of privilege and oppression in American social structures.  The course will critically examine the distribution of social resource to groups and individuals, using numerous theoretical models to explain how inequality is produced, maintained, and challenged.  In order to best prepare students to work with and advocate for diverse clientele, students will also be exposed to the theory of Culturally Competent social work.  Emphasis will be given to how race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, ability, and religion intersect to produce different life experiences.
SOWK 514 HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE3
The history of social services in the United States, beginning with the Elizabethan Poor Laws in England and the subsequent development of social ethics in the colonies. Considers histori­cal influences which have shaped the nation's responsibility to the social needs of its people.  Exposure to policy analysis within the context of current social services.
SOWK 517 PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS  3
The development of communication and assessment skills, improved self-awareness, as well as counseling and intervention skills. Application of principles and philosophies of the social work discipline to worker-client relationships and social problem solving from individual, group, and community perspectives.
SOWK 518 PRACTICE WITH GROUPS AND COMMUNITIES3
This course introduces students to a variety of macro interventions with communities, groups and larger organizations and focuses on the social work role in community practice.  Students will learn about different types of groups, group dynamics and skills important to being an effective group leader as well as the community assessment, planning and intervention skills needed to enact social change.
SOWK 522 PRACTICE WITH DIVERSE POPULATIONS3
This course is meant to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively work with diverse populations. The class will allow students to become culturally competent clinicians who are aware of how social identity, oppression, and privilege effect clients, communities, and particularly the clinical relationship.  In order to prepare students to work with a broad understanding of diversity and the necessary practice skills, this class will cover a range of topics, including: race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, sexuality, religion, age and disability.  Prerequisite: SOWK 510 or permission of the instructor.
SOWK 524 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I 3
The biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors and theories of human development from birth through adolescence. Considers the impact of ethnicity, racism, sexism, and socioeconomic status on growth and behavior of pre-adults.
SOWK 525 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II3
The biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors of human development affecting adult behavior. Considers the impact of ethnicity, racism, sexism, and socioeconomic status on growth and behavior of adults in community systems and organizations. Prerequisite: SOWK 524.
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