Social Work

SW 200 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare Service 3 SH
This course is designed to introduce students academically and experientially to social work professional practice and the wide spectrum of social welfare services available in public and private settings. This course offers the students an introduction to the knowledge base, skills and values which underlie the practice of social work. In addition to classes, field experience in a human service setting for 30 hours over the semester is required. The course work will use the students' field experiences as the basis for examining the various social agencies as environments for service delivery systems. The generic model of social work practice will be used as the basis for teaching and learning. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SW 210 Social Welfare as an Institution 3 SH
This course provides an historical and analytical assessment of social welfare as an institution, using a framework of social theories and definitions of social welfare conditions, policy goals, program design and service delivery. It examines the evolution of social welfare in the United States in relation to other social institutions seeking to improve social functioning and alleviate oppressive conditions. The functions of social work as a profession will be explored in areas such as income security, family and children's services, health care services, and programs for those with disabilities and for the aged. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SW 215 Human Behavior and Social Environment 3 SH
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of social functioning through an examination of the interaction among the biological determinants of growth and development and the psychological impacts of life events and effects of the social environment throughout all phases of the life cycle. Focus is on the inter-relatedness of genetic, emotional and societal forces and values that foster or impede social functioning and their effects on individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Prerequisite: SOC 100 and BIO 100 or 132 or permission of the instructor.

SW 220 Cultural Diversity: A Theoretical & Participatory Approach 3 SH
Focusing on diversity in the Connecticut region, this course analyzes the significance of racial, ethnic and other differences affecting professional social work practice. The focus is on deepening the understanding of self and others. Theoretical approaches, case studies and experiential exercises are used. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SW 200, or permission of social work dept. chair.

SW 245 Child Welfare in U.S. Society 3 SH
This course is designed to introduce participants to the concept of child welfare as it has developed historically and as it is currently instituted in our society through federal, state and local policies and practice, both public and private. Participants will explore research findings, legislation, judicial decisions, social work and other professional literature and sociological and social work practice findings. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SW 250 AIDS: A Social Work Perspective 3 SH
This course will provide students with information about the HIV/AIDS epidemic: biological aspects and the medical, psychosocial, and ethical/legal responses to the disease; understanding of current local, state and federal policy laws affecting medical and social services; regional resources available to persons living with HIV/AIDS. The course will also provide the opportunity for students to address their own concerns, to clarify values positions, to understand the impact of HIV/AIDS on those in the primary client's social network, and to begin developing analytic and interaction skills necessary to work directly with, or to advocate on behalf of, persons living with HIV/AIDS. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SW/SOC 260 Aging: Impact, Needs and Services 3 SH
This course provides an overview of the basic facts about aging, including demography, biology (health), psychology and sociology, as well as a critical survey of existing programs and policies. Emphasis on applied aspects of gerontology, especially to those elderly most in need: those who are poor or disabled, those who are people of color, and those who are isolated. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SW270 W Writing for the Human Service and Health Care Professions 3 SH
This writing intensive (W) course is designed for students intending to pursue a professional career in such fields as social work, education, nursing and other health services. Using a writing-to-learn approach, students will write in response to written, visual and film texts with an emphasis on deepening understanding, exercising critical thinking, and enhancing clarity and specificity of written communication. Written texts will include literary prose and poetry as well as writing from the professional disciplines. The class will make use of shared writing and reading, small group exercises, and peer reading and responses. All readings and exercises will reflect professional values and concerns. Prerequisite: ENG 101, 145, or permission of instructor.

SW 298 Faculty Developed Study

SW 299 Student Developed Study

SW 300 Social Work Research 3 SH
Social Work Research introduces students to research concepts and skills useful to generalist social workers in their work with client systems of all sizes, and with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The purpose of this course is to prepare generalist social workers who can: read, interpret, critique, and generate social work research; utilize research skills to evaluate and enhance practice; and contribute to the development of social work knowledge. Prerequisite: SW 200 & MAT 100. Open only to social work majors.

SW 305 Social Work Field Practicum 2 SH
Field experience of 104 hours over a period of thirteen weeks in a social agency setting. This practicum will provide the student with direct and ongoing supervision by an agency professional. Prerequisite: junior standing in the major. Spring semester. Course requires registration permission of social work dept. chair. Taken concurrently with SW 306 and 309.

SW 306 Social Work Junior Seminar 1 SH
This seminar is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to conceptualize field experiences, participate in collaborative peer learning and integrate the field experience with the theoretical and conceptual frameworks of the junior field practicum (SW 305) and Methods I (SW 309) which are taken concurrently. Spring semester.

SW 309 Social Work Methods I 3 SH
This initial methods course for entry-level generalist social work practice must be taken concurrently with SW 305 and SW 306. Utilizing the conceptual frameworks of the systems approach and planned change, focus is on the definition, exploration and development of beginning professional practice. Particular emphasis is on interpersonal and problem solving skills and values and ethics of the profession. While a range of generic practice skills and techniques will be discussed, specific skills of communication, relationship building, observation, interviewing, data gathering, and the techniques utilized in exercising these skills will be taught. Prerequisite: SW 200, 210, 215 and acceptance into junior standing in the department. Spring semester. Course requires registration permission of social work dept. chair. Taken concurrently with SW 305 and SW 306.

SW 310 Social Work Methods II 3 SH
This course is a continuation of SW 309. This integrative methods course for generalist level social work practice must be taken with SW 320. Methods and skills, principles, values and roles will be examined in greater depth. While focus will be on conceptual understanding and development of the range of generalist skills, emphasis will be placed primarily on making assessment, identifying strengths, establishing goals, contracting and formulating interventions. The use of self in the professional relationship with diverse client systems and within organizational settings will be also emphasized. Prerequisite: SW 309 and acceptance into senior standing in the department. Taken concurrently with SW 315 and SW 320. Fall semester.

SW 311 Social Work Methods III 3 SH
This course is a continuation of SW310. This final methods course for generalist level social work practice must be taken concurrently with SW 316 and SW321. Social work knowledge, methods and skills are further developed with emphasis on client system strengths, alternative intervention strategies, evaluation, termination, and the interpersonal dynamics of the social work relationship. The professional use of self is enhanced. Attention is given to social work values and ethics, and to the needs of diverse client populations. The interrelationships among social work practice, social work research, and social policy are highlighted, as is professional responsibility to contribute to social work knowledge, and to identify gaps and unmet needs in social service delivery. Prerequisite: SW 310 and 320. Taken concurrently with SW 316 and 321. Spring semester.

SW 315 Community Organizing Project I 2 SH
The community organizing course sequence is designed to provide an opportunity for students to gain supervised macro level practice experience while addressing an issue of concern on campus. These courses provide an opportunity to conceptualize community organizing practice. In this course, students will apply the strengths-oriented problem-solving model being taught in SW 310 to issues selected. The class will collect data, assess needs and design a project or program to address the identified needs. Prerequisite: acceptance into senior standing in the department. Taken concurrently with SW 310 and 320. Fall semester.

SW 316 Community Organizing Project II 2 SH
The community organizing course sequence is designed to provide an opportunity for students to gain supervised macro level practice experience while addressing an issue of concern on campus. These courses provide an opportunity to conceptualize community organizing practice. Students will implement the project which was designed and planned in SW 315 to address an identified campus need. At its conclusion, students will evaluate the social work processes used and project outcomes. Prerequisite: SW 315. Spring semester.

SW 320 Social Work Field Practicum & Seminar 6 SH
Field experience in a social agency of 16 hours per week for a period of thirteen weeks and attendance at a two-hour weekly seminar is required for the semester. The practicum is designed to provide students with direct experience in the actual delivery of social services within an assigned setting under the supervision of a professional social work practitioner. Students will be actively involved in working directly with individuals, groups and communities on their needs and their problems. The seminar is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to conceptualize experiences, relate them to past learning and participate in peer learning. Open only to senior students in the major. Prerequisite: SW 300, 305, 306 and 309. Taken concurrently with SW 310 and 315. Fall semester.

SW 321 Social Work Field Practicum & Seminar 6 SH
Field experience in a social agency of 16 hours per week for a period of fifteen weeks and attendance at a two hour weekly seminar is required for the semester. This is an advanced field experience course with emphasis on deepening and broadening the student's direct service skills, professional commitment and understanding of the variety of professional issues observed and reflected in practice. The seminar provides students with further opportunities to conceptualize field experience and to engage in evaluation of their own practice; it also provides a forum for discussion of practice questions and issues surrounding delivery of service, as well as discussion about postgraduate planning. Prerequisite: SW 320. Taken concurrently with SW 311, SW 316 and SW 350. Spring semester.

SW 325 Senior Seminar on Policies and Issues 2 SH
This course builds on the historical examination of social welfare policies and programs as begun in SW 210. The course will examine the definitions of social policies, ways in which policies are developed and implemented, and issues which lack policy direction. Additionally, students will learn how to analyze a social policy; the relationships among research, policy and program development; the impact of policy on social work practice, and ways to advocate for change in policies. Prerequisite: PS 102. Senior standing in the department. Fall semester.

SW 350 Senior Integrative Seminar 2 SH
This is a capstone course for social work majors. Taken in the last semester of study, the course is designed to allow students to demonstrate their expertise. The course uses multicultural case studies for students to integrate the knowledge, values and skills of the profession. Students will be expected to present cases. Formats for presentations will vary, including but not limited to: role play, written assessments, agency simulations and group discussions. Prerequisite: senior standing in the department. Taken concurrently with SW 311, SW 316 and SW 321. Spring semester.


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