Social Work (SWG)

SWG 501 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I. (3) F
Analyzes theories of personality and life-span development from methodological, ecological, and systems perspectives up to adolescence.

SWG 502 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II. (3) S
Life span development from middle childhood to maturity. Prerequisite: SWG 501.

SWG 510 Foundation Practice I. (3) F
Basic social work methods with an emphasis on the problem-solving process as it pertains to individuals, families, and small groups. Prerequisite: Social Work major.

SWG 511 Foundation Practice II. (3) S
Theory and methods of direct practice with groups and selected practice models. Lecture, lab. Prerequisite: SWG 510.

SWG 519 Research Methods in Social Work. (3) S
Conceptual foundations and methods of nomothetic research in social work. Includes problem identification, hypothesis formulation, measurement, sampling, and experimental design. Prerequisites: Social Work major; an approved course in statistics.

SWG 531 Social Policy and Services I. (3) F
Conceptual, analytical, and historical perspectives on the social welfare institution. Emphasis on poverty and inequality. Principles of policy analysis.

SWG 533 Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context. (3) F, S
Explores issues of social inequality related to disability, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Emphasis on populations of the Southwest.

SWG 541 Field Practicum I. (3) F, S
With SWG 542, two consecutive semesters (480 hours) of supervised social work practice in an approved placement. Pre- or corequisite: SWG 510.

SWG 542 Field Practicum II. (3) F, S
See SWG 541. Pre- or corequisite: SWG 511.

SWG 580 Community and Organizational Change. (3) F, S
Examines communities and human service organizations as social systems. Introduces strategies for initiating planned change.

SWG 605 Substance Abuse. (3) N
Psychological and sociocultural determinants of substance abuse. Overview of social policies and treatment approaches. Prerequisite: SWG 502 or instructor approval.

SWG 606 Assessment of Mental Disorders. (3) F
Theories and concepts of mental health and illness. Attention to classification systems and nomenclature used in assessing mental disorders. Prerequisite: SWG 502.

SWG 611 Social Work with Families. (3) F
Theory, concepts, and skills for working with diverse family populations. Emphasis on a systems and integrative approach. Prerequisites: SWG 511, 542.

SWG 612 Social Work with Groups. (3) N
Practice applications of knowledge and skill to social work with groups.

SWG 613 Social Work with Individuals. (3) S
Treatment of prevalent disorders encountered by social workers, selected from the following: anxiety disorders, personality disorders, depression, and schizophrenia. Lecture, seminar. Prerequisite: SWG 611.

SWG 614 Social Work with Families in Transition. (3) S
Analyzes the psychosocial dynamics of families disrupted by divorce, separation, or death of a parent. Offers differential social work interventions. Prerequisite: SWG 611.

SWG 616 Social Work with Chemically Dependent Families. (3) S
The dynamics of the chemically dependent family are examined and clinical approaches for intervening in the family system and subsystems are presented. Prerequisite: SWG 611.

SWG 617 Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents. (3) S
Theory, research, intervention that focus on children and adolescents. Prerequisite: SWG 611.

SWG 618 Family Violence. (3) S
Theory, research, intervention, and prevention strategies relevant to child maltreatment, partner abuse, and elder abuse. Prerequisite: SWG 611.

SWG 619 Practice-Oriented Research. (3) F
Accelerated course in application of scholarly and scientific principles to field practice, problem formulation, interventional procedures, and impact assessment. Prerequisite: SWG 519.

SWG 621 Integrative Seminar. (3) S
Explores the fit between theoretical frameworks and practice with clients. Requires presentation of empirical studies with clients. Prerequisite: SWG 611. Pre- or corequisite: SWG 613 or 614 or 616 or 617 or 618.

SWG 622 Community Research in Social Work. (3) N
Application of research design techniques to assessing need and measuring efficiency and effectiveness of community-wide programs. Prerequisite: SWG 519. Corequisite: SWG 680.

SWG 623 Agency and Community-Based Research in Social Work. (3) S
Research design techniques to data collection in human service agencies and communities. Statistical analysis for program evaluation and needs assessment. Prerequisites: SWG 519, 541, 542. Corequisite: SWG 680.

SWG 632 Social Policy and Services II. (3) S
Development of advanced knowledge and skills in social welfare policy analysis, policy formulation, and advocacy and intervention for policy change. Prerequisite: SWG 531.

SWG 641 Advanced Practicum: Direct Practice I. (3) F, S
With SWG 642, two consecutive semesters (480 hours) of supervised social work practice in an approved placement related to the student’s career goal. Prerequisites: SWG 541, 542. Pre- or corequisite: SWG 611.

SWG 642 Advanced Practicum: Direct Practice II. (3) F, S
See SWG 641. Prerequisites: SWG 541, 542, 611. Pre- or corequisite: SWG 614 or 616 or 617 or 618.

SWG 643 Advanced Practicum: Planning, Social Work Administration, and Community Practice I. (3) F, S
With SWG 644, two consecutive semesters (480 hours) in social work practice in an approved placement related to the student’s career goal. Prerequisites: SWG 541, 542. Pre- or corequisite: SWG 680.

SWG 644 Advanced Practicum: Planning, Social Work Administration, and Community Practice II. (3) F, S
See SWG 643. Prerequisite: SWG 643. Pre- or corequisite: SWG 681 or 682.

SWG 680 Program Planning in Social Services. (3) S
The social services planning process includes needs assessment, goals and objectives, program design, budgeting, management information systems, and program evaluation. Prerequisites: SWG 681, 682. Corequisite: SWG 623.

SWG 681 Social Work Administration. (3) F
Administrative skill building and theory application within human service nonprofit social work settings. Prerequisite: SWG 580.

SWG 682 Community Participation Strategies. (3) F
Course reviews strategies to involve citizens and the consumers of social and human services in community decision making systems. Participation is viewed as means to facilitate the empowerment of oppressed peoples. Prerequisite: SWG 580.

SWG 683 Developing Grants and Fund Raising. (3) N
Identification of potential funding sources, technical and interpersonal/political aspects of proposal development and fund raising. Prerequisite: SWG 580 or instructor approval.

SWG 720 Philosophy of Science Issues in Social Work. (3) F
Critical examination of social science, social work practice and policy in terms of philosophical assumptions and varying frames of reference.

SWG 721 Empirical Social Work Practice. (3) S
Application of scientific principles to problem formulation, assessment, and intervention procedures with an emphasis on the direct use of scientific tools in the conduct and evaluation of practice at all levels.

SWG 730 Families Across the Life-Span. (3) F
Policy and practice analysis of issues which affect families with a focus on the development of interventive strategies.

SWG 731 Social Welfare Policy Analysis and Development. (3) F
Methods of policy analysis, critique of social welfare policies against proposed models, and case studies of policy development emphasizing southwestern populations. Prerequisite: SWG 730.

SWG 732 Social Work Administration in a Systems Context. (3) F
Case studies of social work administration from initial conceptualization of policy through implementation at national, state, and local levels.

SWG 740 Community Research in Social Work. (3) F
Substantive, value, and methodological issues in community-based research as applied to social work topics.

SWG 741 Integrative Research Seminar. (3) F
Integration of theory, research methods, and statistics in community social work topics of specific interest to students.

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