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Wilmer Hepker School of Social Work Graduate Bulletin 2012-2014

Graduate Course Descriptions: SOWK 508-525

SOWK 508 SOCIAL WORK, RELIGION, AND SPIRITUALITY
3
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 spirituality 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 resources to groups and individuals, using 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 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE METHODS I3
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 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE METHODS II3
The application and practice of group process and dynamics, roles and behaviors, group formation and structuring, and group-facilitating techniques for the social worker at various system levels. Prerequisite: SOWK 517.
SOWK 520 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE METHODS III2
This course introduces the student to a variety of macro interventions with both communities as well as larger organizations. Students will be introduced to community planning skills and interventions for social change necessary to provide effective social services for meeting human needs.
SOWK522 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: SOWK510 or permission of instructor.

SOWK 524 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I3
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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