Social Work Courses

*SWK201 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (4)
Introduces social work as a helping profession; includes history, values, knowledge, and skill bases;
addresses people in their environment and interaction of spiritual, biological, psychological, and social systems with them. Highlights social work methods, settings, problem areas, client populations, social policy and institutions, and service delivery systems. Includes 25-hour contextual learning in a human service setting. Fulfills core Civic Responsibility theme.

SWK202 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (4)
Uses systems model for examining interaction of individuals, families, cultural, and social systems as well as behaviors, attitudes, values, and problems related to different cultural, ethnic, sex, and age groups and other populations at risk. Takes life span approach using sociological, psychological, and biological knowledge to describe human growth and development, tasks and milestones. Uses systems model to  describe interactions between the bio-psycho-social influences on development for each age group. Prerequisite: SWK201 or permission of instructor.

SWK221/SOC221 Power, Prestige and Poverty (4)
Analyzes structured social inequality and poverty in human societies. Examines historical systems of stratification based on variety of distributed social resources. Surveys social scientific explanations of stratification, commentaries on its impact on individuals and society, and competing ideologies of inequality. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course.

SWK232/SOC232 Diversity in U.S. Populations (4)
Surveys social diversity in the spheres of rave and ethnicity, gender, religion, and class in the U.S. in order to understand social stratification. Explores various historic, social, and economic forces which have contributed to emergence and assignment of multiple identities among Americans. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course.

*SWK250/PCS250 Peacemaking: Personal, Social, Global (4)
Peace scholarship, research, and diverse Christian perspectives on peacemaking as biblical calling. Conflict explored as transformational process in families, organizations, and global contexts. Case studies of faith-based peacemakers and women’s narratives in conflict zones examined. Dialogue skills for personal and civic engagement taught and practiced. Fulfills core Civic Responsibility theme.

*SWK291/SOC291 International Seminars in Production and Place (2–4)
Examines impact of global trade in a commodity on locales where the commodity is produced. Involves travel throughout locale; significant exposure to people, culture, and history; hands-on experience with basic processes of production; examination of global commodity chain that moves goods into hands of consumers. With COR210, 211 fulfills core Global Understanding theme. Contact Global Education Office.

SWK301 Helping Theories and Practice with Individuals and Families (4)
This course examines the generalist model of social work practice using problem solving and ecological systems frameworks for working with individuals and families. It introduces theoretical principles, focuses on the development of  self-awareness and basic interviewing skills, and formulates helping strategies for work in a wide variety of problem situations and client populations. Prerequisite: junior standing, SWK201, 202 or permission of instructor.

SWK302 Theory and Practice with Groups and Organizations (4)
Examines role of groups in organizations, and organizational systems in communities; introduces students to both group and organizational theory and dynamics. Students learn and practice facilitation skills for psychoeducational groups, mutual aid groups, task groups, interagency teams, and community meetings. Students learn and practice skills in organizational analysis, strategic planning, program development and evaluation, conflict resolution, collaboration, and leadership development. Includes case studies of high-impact nonprofits, innovations in government, faith-based initiatives, cross-sector partnerships and global social change networks. Synthesizes systems framework with group and organizational theory and practice. Prerequisites: SWK201, 202 or permission of instructor.

SWK310/SOC310 Statistics for Social Research (4)
Discusses logic of statistical analysis in social research including matters of probability and sampling. Introduces univariate descriptive measures, multivariate statistics, and logic of inference and hypothesis testing. Weekly data analysis assignments employ Statistics Package for Social Sciences. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course for sociology majors or permission of instructor. Lab fee.

SWK311/SOC311 Social Research Methods (4)
Introduces logic of social scientific research. Explores different epistemological stances informing social scientific inquiry and traces methodological implications. Specific methods covered include survey research, archival research, content analysis, comparative-historical analysis, field research, participant observation, and others. Requires development of independent research proposal.

SWK322/SOC322 Social Policy and Institutions (4)
Examines domestic social policy issues, problems, and programs in light of conflicting values, limited resources and matters of political/economic power.

SWK335/SOC335 Social Change and Development (4)

Examines social change and continuity, development, and underdevelopment in non-Western societies. Addresses impact of colonialism, modernity, and globalization on cultures of these societies. Evaluates theories and models for development and modernization from Christian perspective. Prerequisites: a 100-level sociology course and junior standing.

SWK391 Seminar (2 or 4)
Topics rotate; designed for any social work major or other advanced student interested in topic. Prerequisites: social work major, SWK201, 202, or permission of instructor. Designated as repeatable if different topic. Offered periodically.

SWK401 Community and Sustainability (4)

Explores theoretical and practical aspects of community political economy with a view toward sustainability. Historical and  contemporary efforts in community organizing and community development discussed. Explores role of community-based organizations. Prerequisites: SWK201, 202, 301, 302 or permission of instructor. Course fee.

SWK420 Practicum Seminar (2)
Taken concurrently with SWK425 and SWK426. Integrates theory and practice through instruction and discussion; information and experience from various settings; group supervision. Examines socialization into profession and handling of personal values and practice. Prerequisites: SWK201, 202, 301, 302, 310, 311, 322, 401.

SWK425, 426 Practicum I, II (6, 6)
Major field practice internship in local human service agency. Students work 32 hours per week (400 hours total) in professional-level roles, providing social services to clients under instruction and supervision; challenging settings. Develops and practices professional skills; matches interests and goals. Prerequisites: SWK201, 202, 301, 302, 310, 311, 322, 401.