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Social Work  Course Descriptions


SWO 101.   VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY I.  This is an elective open to all students in the university.  Assigned volunteer experiences in social welfare organizations in the Delta.  Required weekly seminar on community resources and beginning skills in helping. 

SWO 102.   VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY II.  This is an elective open to all majors in the University.  Design, organization, and supervision of volunteer services.  Assigned structured field experience in community agencies in the Delta.  Required weekly seminar.

SWO 106.  VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY III (Habitat).  This is an elective open to all majors in the University.  Assisted volunteer experiences in Habitat house building and other community agencies that support the poor in the Delta.  Orientation classes required.  Held during Fall, Spring, and May breaks.

SWO 201.   INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION OF SOCIAL WORK.  This course introduces the history, development of the profession, services, Code of Ethics, social justice, diversity, importance of empowerment, functions and roles of social workers, and areas of practice.  Limited volunteer experience.

SWO 300.  HUMAN DIVERSITY.  Race, gender, and sexual orientation are examined in relation to differences and similarities between and among diverse groups. Majors and non-majors.

SWO 302. UNDERSTANDING RURAL COMMUNITIES. This course is an elective open to all students in the University.  This course examines the distinctive nature of rural generalist social work practice where practitioners are often faced with multiple and changing roles/responsibilities that urban counterparts do not encounter.

SWO 303.  INTRODUCTION TO CHILD WELFARE.  This course introduces risk factors that children may face, changing dynamics of families, the impact of poverty, the problems of violence and addiction, teenage pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, daycare, counseling, the continuum of care including in-home and out-of-home services for children and families. Limited volunteer experience. Majors/non-majors.

SWO 304.  INTEGRATED HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS.  This course in an elective open to all disciplines.  Major theories, strategies, and methods for integrating holistic practices into Western traditions in health and mental health will be examined.  The focus will be on the promotion of wellness and the role of the helper in rural settings in health and mental health.

SWO 305.  SOCIAL WORK SKILLS.  This course introduces professional social work communication skills, social work values and ethics, evidence-based practice, and scholarly writing in the APA format.

SWO 309.  AGING AND THE COMMUNITY.  This course examines adult development from age 60 to death. Society’s provisions for meeting the economic, physical, sociological, and psychological needs of aging persons are examined. Both problematic and positive aspects of aging and dying are considered. Limited volunteer experience.

SWO 311.  SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES AND SERVICES.  Introduction to the history of social welfare policies and their impact on social welfare services.  The political continuum will also be examined.

SWO 315.  HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I.  This course examines human development from pre-natal to middle childhood.  Developmental theories are introduced in relation to human behavior and the social environment.  

SWO 320.  SOCIAL WORK METHODS I.  The planned change process focusing on engagement/assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and termination with individuals.  Structured volunteer experience.  

SWO 370.  METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.  This course introduces ethical research practice, quantitative and qualitative research methods, research proposal development, and evaluation of practice.

SWO 375.  STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS.  This course is an introduction to statistical concepts and formulas. Activities are based on statistical concepts and interpretation of analysis for social work practice

SWO 416.  HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II.  This course examines human development from early adolescence to middle adulthood.  Developmental theories are reviewed and activities are assigned based on application of human behavior and the impact of the social environment.

SWO 421.  SOCIAL WORK METHODS II.  The planned change process of focusing on engagement/assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and termination with groups and families.  Structured volunteer experience.

SWO 422.  SOCIAL WORK METHODS III.  The planned change process focusing on engagement/assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, termination with organizations, institutions, and communities. 

SWO 430.  SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY ANALYSIS.  This course examines current social welfare policies and programs to understand the importance of political advocacy in the community.

SWO 475.  FIELD INSTRUCTION.  This course is the signature pedagogy requiring a supervised field experience in a social work setting. Students complete a 440 hour field placement. Taken concurrently with SWO 481.  Majors only.

SWO 481.  INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR. This course is a weekly seminar for discussion of social work field experience, educational assessment of practice skills and licensure preparation. Taken concurrently with SWO 475. Majors only. Page maintained by Lisa Moon