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Social Work Courses

SWK-100 - Introduction to Social Work
This course introduces students to the profession of social work and the United States social welfare system. Students learn about the values and ethics of the social work profession and its advocacy for change in social, economic, political, historical, and cultural injustices. The history, mission, and philosophy of the social work profession, with an emphasis on the generalist method of social work practice, are covered. Students explore social work as a career path through completion of 20 hours of service learning in a local social service agency.


SWK-200 - Human Diversity and Social Justice
This course focuses on the diversity of the population of the United States with an emphasis on North Carolina. Students are introduced to the concepts of prejudice, discrimination, oppression and social and economic injustice and to the processes by which these are imposed upon some populations based on age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, marital status, national origin, race, religion, gender, sex, and/or sexual orientation. Methods to combat prejudice, discrimination, and oppression and to restore social justice will be considered.


SWK-220 - Human Behavior for Social Work Practice: Birth-Adolescence
Provides content on the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and social environments. Content includes empirically based theories and knowledge that focus on the interactions between and among individuals, groups, societies, and economic systems. The course focuses on theories and knowledge of biological, sociological, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development that address the stages of the life span from conception through adolescence. Also addressed is the range of social systems in which people live (individual, family, group, organization, and community); and the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. Prerequisites: PSY-100, SOC-230. Corequisites: SWK-100, BIO-105/145.


SWK-225 - Human Behavior for Social Work Practice: Adulthood - Death
Provides content on the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and social environments. Content includes empirically based theories and knowledge that focus on the interactions between and among individuals, groups, societies, and economic systems. It focuses on theories and knowledge of biological, sociological, cultural, psychological and spiritual development that address the stages of the life span from young adulthood through death. Also addressed is the range of social systems in which people live (individual, family, group, organizational, and community); and the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. Prerequisites: PSY-100, SOC-230. Corequisites: SWK-100, BIO-105/145.


SWK-299 - Introduction to Research in Social Work
Open to freshmen and sophomores who have an interest in social work and social welfare and who would like to work individually with a faculty member on a project involving research on an issue of social work practice or social welfare and social justice. In conjunction with a faculty member, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. The project will require a culminating experience involving a written report and/or a public presentation of its purpose, process, and outcomes. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: SWK-100.


SWK-330 - Social Welfare Policy
This course introduces students to both domestic and international social welfare policy. It emphasizes the social work profession's core value of social justice, human and civil rights, and the ideologies that have shaped the United States' and other nations' efforts to provide for their citizens. Frameworks for social policy analysis will be presented. Prerequisite: POL-100.


SWK-350 - Selected Topics in Social Work
Topics relevant to social work practice will be customized to reflect specialized areas of knowledge. Topics offered may include health care, aging, mental health, and children and families. Course numbers advance as topics shift to reflect emerging or controversial issues in the community.


SWK-374 - Social Research Principles
This course will explore the logic of scientific inquiry. Throughout the course students will explore the relationship between theory and methodology, the nature of causation, components of research design and a variety of methods for social science research. Guidance in retrieving information, reviewing and evaluating research reports, and constructing a research proposal is provided. Prerequisites: MAT-175 or PSY-200. Also offered as SOC-374.


SWK-390 - Generalist Social Work Practice With Individuals
This course is the first of three professional practice courses designed to focus on the strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems. The course prepares majors to engage individuals in appropriate working relationships by identifying issues, needs, strengths, and resources; by collecting and assessing information; by planning interventions; and by delivering services. Open to social work majors only.


SWK-394 - Generalist Social Work Practice With Families and Groups
This course is the second in a three-course generalist practice sequence that focuses on strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems in relation to their broader environment. The course prepares students to engage families and groups in an appropriate working relationship, identify issues, problems, needs, resources, and assets; collect and assess information; and plan for service delivery. It also includes identifying, analyzing, and implementing empirically based interventions designed to achieve client goals and promote social and economic justice. Open to social work majors only. Prerequisites: SWK-100, SWK-390 and SWK-220 or SWK-225.


SWK-398 - Generalist Practice With Macro Systems
This course is one of three professional practice courses designed to focus on strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems. The course prepares majors to engage macro systems such as organizations, neighborhoods, communities, and governments, in appropriate working relationships by identifying issues, needs, strengths, and resources; by collecting and assessing information; by planning interventions; and by delivering services. Open to social work majors only.


SWK-480 - Preparation for Social Work Field Practicum
This course prepares students for the practicum learning experience. Students will be assisted in the selection of a social work field placement and in the completion of the application and interview process. Students review social work knowledge, skills, and values related to generalist social work practice in a field agency setting. Open to social work majors only.


SWK-490 - Social Work Field Practicum
The Social Work Field Experience is the integral component of social work education and is anchored in the mission, goals, and objectives of the social work program. A minimum of 430 hours of entry level generalist social work experience under the supervision of a professional social worker in an appropriate social agency is required. This experience will reinforce the student's identification with the purposes, values, and ethics of the profession; foster the integration of empirical and practice-based knowledge; and promote the development of professional competence. Open to social work majors only. All Social Work major courses must be completed before enrollment in SWK-490 and SWK-491, which are corequisites. Also requires approval by the director of Field Education. Field fee assessed.


SWK-491 - Field Practicum Seminar
Students meet weekly for a 3-hour integrative field seminar designed to assist them in applying empirically based social work theory, knowledge and professional ethics in a social work practice setting and provide a capstone experience. Students complete an evaluation of practice research project in which they apply in their field settings research skills obtained through the social work curriculum. Written assignments are provided to demonstrate integration of knowledge and practice. Open to social work majors only. All Social Work major courses must be completed prior to enrollment in SWK-490 and SWK-491, which are corequisites. Also requires approval by the director of Field Education.


SWK-498 - Honors Thesis in Social Work
In conjunction with a social work faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity that will culminate in a paper and presentation. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of social work faculty. A research proposal form completed by the student, faculty mentor, and Honors Program director is required for registration. Open to seniors who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs. Prerequisite: SWK-390.


SWK-499 - Research in Social Work
In conjunction with a social work faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity that will culminate in a paper and presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Prerequisite: SWK-390. Open to junior and senior majors and others by permission. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours.