Course Offerings

SOCIAL WORK (SW)

Upper Division

590. Special Topics
Special topics in social work. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor as topics change. Prerequisite: junior, senior or graduate standing. (4 units)
595. Independent Study
Special topics involving library and/or field research. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (1-4 units)

Graduate/Postbaccalaureate

May not be taken by undergraduate students.
602. Foundation Micro Practice
Introduction to generalist model of practice with individuals, families and groups, comparative theories of micropractice, introductory intervention skills. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in the MSW program and consent of department.
  1. I: Overview of generalist model and history (4 units)
  2. II: Comparative theories and models. Prerequisite: SW 602A. (4 units)
  3. III: Introductory intervention skills. Prerequisite: SW 602B. (2 units)
604. Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Critical appraisal and review of individual development from infancy through old age, from biological, sociological, cultural and psychological perspectives. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in the MSW program and consent of department.
  1. I: Birth Through Adolescence. (4 units)
  2. II: Adulthood and Aging. Prerequisite: SW 604A. (4 units)
606. Foundation Macro Practice
Introduction to generalist model of practice with organizations and communities including policy practice in both arenas. Theories of power and leadership. Introductory skills in task groups, leadership and collaboration. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in the M.S.W. program and consent of department.
  1. I: Overview of generalist model and history. (4 units)
  2. II: Practice theory and models. Prerequisite: SW 606A. (4 units)
  3. III: Introductory intervention skills. Prerequisite: SW 606B. (2 units)
608. Field Work
Advanced practice experience in public and private agencies with individuals, families, groups, formal organizations and communities. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in the MSW program and consent of department.
  1. Foundation Field Work I. Field placement hours (160) and monthly seminar. (4 units)
  2. Foundation Field Work II. Field placement hours (160) and monthly seminar. Prerequisite: SW 608A. (4 units)
  3. Foundation Field Work III. Field placement hours (160) and monthly seminar. Prerequisite: SW 608B. (4 units)
  4. Advanced Field Work I. Field placement hours (200) and monthly seminar. Prerequisite: SW 608C. (4 units)
  5. Advanced Field Work II. Field placement hours (200) and monthly seminar. Prerequisite: SW 608D. (4 units)
  6. Advanced Field Work III. Field placement hours (200) and monthly seminar. Prerequisite: SW 608E. (4 units)
612. Social Work Research I
Theory, practice and methods of data collection and analysis. An examination of the role of research in the development of social work. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in the MSW program and consent of department. Prerequisite: SW 604B. (4 units)
613. Social Work Research II
Further examination of the role of research in the development of social work theory, practice and methods of data collection and analysis. Prerequisite: SW 612. (4 units)
614. Child Abuse and Neglect
Critical analysis of child maltreatment and neglect, focusing upon recent research and treatment innovations. Satisfies California LCSW and MFCC requirements. Prerequisite: SW 604B. (4 units)
615. Domestic Violence
An introduction to the knowledge, skills, and values utilized in direct social work practice with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Prerequisite: SW 604B. (4 units)
618. Mental Health Seminar
Required for students who have been awarded the CALSWEC stipend. Includes CALSWEC competencies, addressing micro practice, cultural competence, HBSE, research, and workplace management. Must be repeated for a total of three units. (1 unit)
620. Social Work with Alcohol and Drug Abuse
An examination of theories, research and treatment regarding alcohol and drug abuse. Satisfies California LCSW and MFCC requirement. Prerequisite: SW 604B. (4 units)
625. Research Project
A culminating graduate experience in which a practice issue specific to the student's field setting and specialization is objectively evaluated and presented orally and in writing.
  1. I. Students gather data and complete initial stages of implementation of research project. Prerequisite: SW 613. (2 units)
  2. II. Students complete data analysis, write the research report and present findings. Prerequisite: SW 625A. (2 units)
633. Social Work Intervention with the Elderly and Their Families
Intervention with the elderly and their families. Case management functions of social work practice with the elderly and their families as well as clinical interventions in problems often troubling the elderly. Prerequisite: SW 604B. (4 units)
637. School Social Work
Addresses competences such as social work with students and teachers in the classroom setting; social work with students and their families around learning issues and family problems; the application of learning theory to students' school experience; social work with diverse student populations; case management of services both inside and outside the school site; and social work in the community setting to promote student learning. Prerequisite: SW 604B. (4 units)
638. Public Child Welfare: Policy and Practice
Public child welfare services and issues from an advanced generalist perspective. Prepares social work students for evidence-based, culturally competent, family-focused, strength-based, and outcome-oriented child welfare practice. Prerequisite: SW 604B. (4 units)
645. Social Work Advanced Micro Practice I
Theories and models of practice learned in Foundation year curriculum are applied to the acquisition of practice skills that can be applied to work with individuals, groups and families within specific social work practice settings. Formerly SW 640. Prerequisite: SW 602C. (4 units)
646. Social Work Advanced Micro Practice II
Models of practice relating to skills and competencies such as case management, inter-agency collaboration and advanced multi-system assessment are addressed. Prerequisite: SW 645. (4 units)
647. Social Work Advanced Micro Practice III
Social work practice with individuals, families and groups in specific populations commonly served by social workers. This includes an understanding of the various roles a social worker might play with this client population including, therapist, case manager, medication manager, protective services worker, substance abuse specialist, researcher, educator, etc. Prerequisite: SW 646. (2 units)
655. Social Work Advanced Macro Practice I
Theories and models of community practice and organizational/ agency development that have been learned in the Foundation year are applied to the development of specific skills while working with organizations/agencies and communities in social work settings. This includes social planning, community development, political advocacy, and social action. Formerly SW 650. Prerequisite: SW 606C. (4 units)
656. Social Work Advanced Macro Practice II
Strategies for organizational and community change including policy practice in both organizational/agency and community settings, coalition building, program development, budgeting, grant writing and interagency networking. Formerly SW 651. Prerequisite: SW 655. (4 units)
657. Social Work Advanced Macro Practice III
Leading organizational/agency development and change. Social work roles addressed include supervisor, trainer/mentor, team leader and program evaluator. Formerly SW 652. Prerequisite: SW 656. (2 units)
660. Advanced Practice Integrative Seminar
Integration of content learned in the micro and macro sequences through the use of case studies and a seminar model of learning. Prerequisites: SW 646 and current enrollment in SW 647 and 657. (2 units)
690. Advanced Topics in Social Work
An intensive study of some aspect of social work. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in the MSW program or consent of instructor. (4 units)
698. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Candidacy Standing
Independent study leading to completion of requirements (other than course work) for the master's degree. To retain classified standing in the master's program, a student must enroll in 698 each quarter until the project or thesis is accepted or the comprehensive examination passed. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who enroll in 698 through the university have full use of all university facilities. See Page 370, Culminating Experience: Exam, Thesis, or Project. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and approval of program graduate coordinator or, if an interdisciplinary studies major, consent of the Dean of Graduate Studies. 698 is a variable unit course, see Page 43 for fee schedule. Earned units are not degree-applicable nor will they qualify for financial aid. (0-6 units)
699. Thesis Research
Preparation of a thesis for the Master of Social Work degree program under the direction of a student's thesis committee. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing and consent of department. (4 units)
999. Graduate Comprehensive Examination
An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the master's program and in good academic standing. (0 units)

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