Course Descriptions

SOWK 322 Social Welfare Policy & Program (3hrs)

Economic and social justice is used as an organizing framework to study the relationship between major social problems and social welfare policy, programs and services. The political aspects of social welfare policy and the legislative process itself are examined in-depth.

SOWK 323 Social Welfare Policy & Program II (4hrs)

A critical analysis of social welfare programs and issues of social welfare policy, including philosophical perspectives, the broad issues of organization, cost delivery, impact, effectiveness and alternate strategies. Students develop skills in identifying, evaluating, and formulating macro-level approaches to social problems. Taken concurrently with SOWK 325.

SOWK 325 Social Work Practice Theory I (4hrs)

Systems approach to the practice of social work beginning with a model for solving human problems. Emphasizes development of a theoretical base for social work practice and includes experiential learning in which specific behavioral skills are developed through simulation experiences. Taken concurrently with SOWK 323.

SOWK 391 Methods Of Social Research (3hrs)

The principles and methods of quantitative and qualitative research in sociology and social work.

SOWK 409 Field Instruction (10hrs)

Integration of knowledge base and the acquisition of social work practice skills through direct practice under a qualified field instructor in a social service agency for a total of 400 hours. Field Instruction must be applied for during the semester preceding enrollment.

SOWK 410 Social Work Senior Seminar (2hrs)

A seminar that offers integration of leanings from all social work and required courses. The final exam takes the form of a written paper and oral examination based upon the student’s Field Instruction experience, through which students demonstrate their integration of learning and skill competencies. Taken during the second half of Field Instruction.

SOWK 425 Social Work Practice Theory II (3hrs)

Expansion of learnings from Social Work Practice Theory I and Social Welfare Policy and Program II, and application to social work practice with individuals, families, and social systems of varying sizes. This course is taught concurrently with the first half of Field Instruction, which provides the opportunity to integrate theory with skill development.