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Social Work Curriculum

Course of Study
The Social work major consists of 58 credit hours; 42 credit hours are offered by the Social Work Program: SW 101, 216, 240, 302, 318, 338, 401, 402, 411, 412, 434 and 488

The Social Work major consists of specified liberal arts courses and social work professional courses. Students take courses across five content areas: 1) Human Behavior and the Social Environment; 2) Social Welfare Policy and Services; 3) Research; 4) Social Work Practice; 5) Field Experience.

Additional content areas defined by the Council on Social Work Education's Educational Policy include: Values and Ethics, Diversity, Populations-at-risk and Economic and Social Justice. These are integrated across all courses in the Social Work curriculum.

Requirements include two semesters of field experience in a social service agency for 480 clock hours. Students are required to carry liability insurance coverage while in field placement; students have the option of purchasing liability insurance from NASW, the College, or other sources. The field placement meets the clock hour requirements established for social work licensure by the State of Ohio.

Required Courses

1. Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE)
PS 101 - Introduction to Psychology
SO 103 - Principles of Sociology
BI 130 - Human Biology: Birth through Aging
SW 101 - Introduction to Social Work
SW 240 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment

2. Social Welfare Policy and Services
SW 216 - Social Welfare as a Social Institution
SW 318 - Policy, Programs and Issues

3. Research
MAT 212 - Statistics
SW 338 - Sociological Theory
SW 434 - Research Methods

4. Social Work Practice
A course in ethics, e.g., SW 488 on ethics or a Philosophy Department course.
SW 488 - Special Topics
SW 302 - Generalist Practice I
SW 401 - Generalist Practice II
SW 402 - Generalist Practice III

5. Field Experience
SW 411 - Field Placement I
SW 412 - Field Placement II
All courses in the Practice and Field content areas are limited to Social Work majors.

The following courses add flexibility to department offerings and provide students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest: SW 461, 462 Independent Study (1-3 credits), SW 475, 476 Academic Internship (1-6 credits).

Audit Sheet

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Course Descriptions

SW 101 Introduction to Social Work (3)
The first course in the social work major introduces the profession's history, philosophy, mission, purposes, fields of practice and the experience of diverse populations within the context of the social welfare system. Students are introduced to generalist social work approaches with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and cultural systems. Professional values, ethics, diversity and action on behalf of justice are emphasized. Options for meeting the 15 hour requirement for direct experience in a social work setting are considered, e.g., life experience, course credit in a community college program.

SW 216 Social Welfare as a Social Institution (3)
Designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the historical development of social welfare policies and services in the United States. Compares societal needs, values, and responses to the values of the social work profession. The first of two policy courses.
Prerequisites: SO 103; SW 101 can be taken concurrently

SW 240 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)
A study of human behavior and development from an ecological and social systems approach, including biological, psychological, spiritual, sociological, economic, political and system theories. The social work practice perspective emphasizes how lifespan development is affected by interactions among individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities at local, national and international levels. The impact of prejudice and discrimination on cultural diversity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical/mental disabilities and health issues as it impacts social and economic justice. Ethical values and issues are discussed.
Prerequisites: SO 103; PS 101; SW 101; BI 140 is also required for the HBSE Content Area

SW 302 Generalist Practice I (3)
A study of the integrative systems approach to generalist social work practice examining the individual as a member of the family, small groups, the community and societal level systems. Introduces student to basic interpersonal helping skills using a problem-solving model. Emphasizes student's awareness of the self and of cultural, ethnic and lifestyle diversity as these impact practice.
Prerequisites: courses in the HBSE and Policy Content Areas; SW 338. This course is restricted to social work majors.

SW 318 Policies, Programs and Issues (3)
An examination of the formulation of social welfare policy resulting from the interaction of social, political, and economic factors. Analysis of current social welfare programs and services. Discussion of methods for influencing social policy through advocacy at differing levels of policy-making.
Prerequisite: SW 216

SW 338 Sociological Theory (3)
Selected sociological theories are examined for their assumptions about social stability and social change in society, social institutions, organizations, communities, small groups, families' and individuals' behaviors. Linkage between research in sociology and social work practice is made.
Prerequisites: PS 101; SO 103; SW 101

SW 401 Generalist Practice II (3)
Designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice with all size client systems with special emphasis on how the social work profession uses groups to accomplish individual, family, organization and/or community goals. Use of the problem solving model is reinforced and expanded.
Prerequisites: SW 302, 434. This course is restricted to social work majors.

SW 402 Generalist Practice III (3)
Designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice with all size client systems as these are linked to community and institutional systems. Emphasis on community organizing and social planning.
Prerequisite: SW 401. This course is restricted to social work majors.

SW 411, 412 Field Placement I, II (6, 6)
A two-semester sequence requiring 480 clock hours in an agency setting under the supervision of an agency field instructor and an academic instructor. Offers students actual work situations to integrate with the theoretical basis of generalist practice. The Integrative Seminar meets weekly with the Faculty Supervisor of Field Placement and other students in placement. Effective Fall 2003, the agency-based fieldwork will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis (3 credit hours) The Integrative Seminar (3 credits) will be graded based on the Ursuline College grading system. SW 411 and 412 are taken concurrently with SW 401 and 402.
Prerequisites: SW 302, 434. Students are required to carry liability insurance coverage while in field placement. This course is restricted to social work majors.

SW 434 Research Methods (3)
Research concepts, ethics and designs are examined. Social Work majors focus on their application to social work practice, especially the single-subject design. Sociology students develop a research design for an appropriate topic.
Prerequisites: SW 338; MA 212

SW 461, 462 Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)
Student may elect to examine a particular topic of special interest that is related to Social Work. Approval of program director is required.

SW 475, 476 Academic Internship (1-6, 1-6)
This course is a structured, out-of-class learning experience that allows the student to explore professional interests and potential career choices. Approval of program director(s) required.

SW 360 A-E or SW 488 Special Topics (3)
Topics of special interest in social work are offered to address emergent issues and to enrich the program offerings. Content varies from year to year.