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Southeast Missouri State University

Social Work Courses (HS, SW)

SW 103 (Cross-listed as BS 103)

Human Biology. Emphasis on human cell, tissue, and organ system function. Discussions focus on a systems approach to human health and disease. Does not count on any major or minor in Biology Department. (University Studies course) (3)

SW 110. Introduction to Social Work

Provides a survey of social work profession and its central ideas, values, methods, and practice settings. (3)

SW 121. Helping Skills for the Human Services

Developing interpersonal communication competency through study of verbal communication principles and strategies, helping strategies, and the influence of culture and gender. (University Studies course) (3)

SW 201. Social and Economic Justice

Explores social and economic justice with connections to minority status and oppression. (3)

SW 207. Understanding Cultural and Social Diversity

Presents knowledge and develops understanding, affirmation, and respect for people from diverse backgrounds within their cultural contexts at the interpersonal level. (University Studies course) (3)

SW 221. Interviewing Skills for Generalist Practice

Provides an introduction to basic interviewing skills for generalist social work practice. Prerequisites: SW 110; Social Work major. (3)

SW 222 Case Management

Study of client-driven service coordination with special emphasis on strength-based assessment. Corequisite: SW 221. Prerequisite: SW 110; Social Work major. (3)

SW 242. Statistics for Social Scientists

Basic descriptive statistics in social science. Central tendency, dispersion, contingency, correlation, regression. Inferential statistics; parametric and non-parametric. (3)

SW 307. Human Behavior and Social Environment I

Introduces students to knowledge, theories, and concepts about human behavior with emphasis on individuals and families. Prerequisites: Admission to the Social Work program. (3)

SW 308. Human Behavior and Social Environment II

Introduces students to knowledge, theories, and concepts about human behavior in the context of groups, organizations, and communities. Prerequisite: SW 307 with a minimum grade of 'C'. (3)

SW 310. Social Welfare Policies and Services

Critical analysis and evaluation of social welfare policies and programs/services. Prerequisites: SW 110 and SW 201 with a minimum grade of C; University Studies Political and Economic Systems. (3)

SW 315. Social Work Intervention

Explores beginning knowledge and skills needed for providing intervention with individuals, families, groups and social systems. Limited to non-Social Work majors. Prerequisite: SW 110. (3) *Spring semester only.

SW 321. Generalist Practice I

Introduces skills and knowledge for working with individuals in the context of the larger social environment. One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour lab. Prerequisite: SW 307 with a minimum grade of 'C' or concurrent enrollment; Social Work major. (3)

SW 322. Generalist Practice II

Focuses on development and application of intervention skills for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, and groups. One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour lab. Prerequisite: SW 321 with a minimum grade of 'C'; SW 308 with a minimum grade of 'C' or concurrent enrollment; Social Work major. (3)

SW 323. Generalist Practice III

Focuses on development and application of intervention skills in assessment, planning and social change for generalist social work practice with communities. Prerequisite: SW 321 and SW 342 with a minimum grade of 'C'; SW 308 and SW 322 with a minimum grade of 'C' or concurrent enrollment; Social Work major. (3)

SW 342. Methods of Social Research for Generalist Practice

The application and use of the social scientific method for measuring social work intervention. Prerequisite: SW 242 with a minimum grade of 'C'. (3)

SW 351.Child Welfare Services

Examines knowledge and skills required for effective social service delivery to families and to children in day care, foster care or adoptive placement. Prerequisite: SW 110 with minimum grade of 'C' or consent of instructor. (3)

SW 352. Social Welfare Services to the Aged

Examines the knowledge and skills required for effective social service delivery to the elderly. Prerequisite: SW 110 with a minimum grade of 'C' or consent of instructor. (3)

SW 353. Child Development

Students will learn the physical, cognitive, social and personality changes of development from conception to adolescence. Emphasis will be placed on how abuse/neglect impacts normal development. Prerequisite: SW 110 with a minimum grade of 'C' or consent of instructor. (3)

SW 354. Crisis Intervention

Course explores the theory, skills and methodology of crisis intervention with individual, family and community systems. Prerequisite: SW 110 with a minimum grade of 'C' or consent of instructor. (3)

SW 355. Special Topics in Social Work

Study of specific social work topics and issues. (May be repeated for credit on different topics.) On demand. Prerequisite: SW 110 with a minimum grade of 'C' or consent of instructor. (3)

SW 356. Social Work in Mental Health

Description of the roles, tasks an methodology of social workers in the field of mental health; also providing a basic understanding of diagnostic categories relevant to mental illness and introducing information about treatment strategies. Prerequisite: SW 110 with a minimum grade of 'C' or consent of instructor. (3)

SW 387-389. Independent Study for Social Work

Directed individual study of special interest areas in social work. (May be repeated for additional credit.) On demand. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (1-3)

SW 449. Social Work Integrative Seminar

Integrates social work theory with practice using small group discussions. Strengthens practice skills during the student's field practicum. Prerequisites: Completion of all required courses for Social Work major; cumulative GPA of 2.50 or cumulative GPA of 2.25 plus 2.75 GPA in foundation social work courses; senior standing; successful completion of WP 003. (3)

SW 450. Field Education

Internship in social service agency for one semester. Opportunity to apply entry level social work generalist practice skills. Agency placements individually arranged. Prerequisites: Completion of all required courses for Social Work major; cumulative GPA of 2.50 or cumulative GPA of 2.25 plus 2.75 GPA in foundation social work courses; senior standing; successful completion of WP 003. Credit/ no credit only. (12)

Basic Knowledge & Comprehension Courses

PY 101. Psychological Perspectives on Human Behavior

Examination of human behavior and experience from a psychological perspective. Application of psychological principles to understanding of human behavior. (University Studies course) (3)

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