Course Offerings

SOCIAL WORK (SW)

Lower Division

200. Introduction to Social Work
Introductory survey of levels of social work practice and fields of practice. Review of NASW professional code of ethics and social work resources. (4 units)

Upper Division

300. Social Welfare Policy
  1. I: History of social work, development of structures of social welfare services and the role of policy in service delivery. Prerequisite: admission to B.A. in Social Work. (4 units)
  2. II: Frameworks for policy analysis of social welfare policies and social service delivery in organizational, local, state, national and international settings. Introductory social work policy practice skills. Prerequisite: SW 300A. (4 units)
301. Social Work Research
Social Work approaches to qualitative and quantitative research that builds knowledge for social work practice. Interpreting and applying social work practice research to students' own practice. Skills needed to implement a social work research project in a social work setting. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Prerequisite: SW 300B and 302B. (6 units)
302. Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  1. I: Theories and knowledge of human bio-psycho-social development from birth to young adulthood, including theories and knowledge about the range of social systems in which individuals live (families, groups, organizations, institutions and communities). Interactions between and among human biological, social, psychological and cultural systems as they affect and are affected by human behavior. Prerequisite: admission to B.A. in Social Work. (4 units)
  2. II: Theories and knowledge of human bio-psycho-social development in relation to adulthood and aging. Includes theories and knowledge about the range of social systems in which individuals live (families, groups, organizations, institutions and communities). Interactions between and among human biological, social, psychological and cultural systems as they affect and are affected by human behavior. Prerequisite: SW 302A. (4 units)
320. Child Welfare Services
Public child welfare services and issues from a beginning generalist perspective. Prepares social work students for beginning level evidence-based, culturally competent, family-focused, strength-based, and outcome-oriented child welfare practice. Prerequisite: SW 300B and 302B. (4 units)
325. Social Work Interventions in Substance Abuse
A comprehensive and systems-based examination of substance abuse and dependence. Prepares students with beginning skills for effective substance abuse intervention. Formerly a topic under SW 590. Prerequisites: SW 300B and 302B. (4 units)
400. Social Work Practice
  1. Individuals. Theories, models and skills for social work interventions with individuals using a generalist model of social work practice. Designed to run concurrently with the field placement education. Prerequisite: SW 301. (4 units)
  2. Families and Groups. Theories, models and skills for social work interventions with families and groups using a generalist model of social work practice. Designed to run concurrently with the field placement education. Prerequisite: SW 400A. (4 units)
  3. Organizations and Communities. Theories, models and skills for social work interventions with organizations and communities using a generalist model of social work practice. Designed to run concurrently with the field placement education. Prerequisite: SW 400B. (4 units)
401. Field Work
Practice experience in public and private social service agencies with individuals, families, groups, formal organizations and communities. Graded credit/no credit.
  1. Field Work I. Field placement hours (160) and monthly seminar. Prerequisite: SW 301. (4 units)
  2. Field Work II. Field placement hours (160) and monthly seminar. Prerequisite: SW 401A. (4 units)
  3. Field Work III. Field placement hours (160) and monthly seminar. Prerequisite: SW 401B. (4 units)
590. Special Topics
Special topics in social work. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor as topics change. Prerequisite: admission to the B.A. program or consent of instructor. (4 units)
595. Independent Study
Special topics involving library and/or field research. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: SW 301 and consent of instructor. (1-4 units)
597. Social Work Honors Project
Original in-depth research in an area of social work practice. Prerequisites: SW 301 and consent of instructor. (4 units)

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