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Social Work (SWK)

Social Work (SWK)

201 Introduction to Social Work
An introduction to the social work profession and its role within the field of social welfare.  The course includes presentations of models of practice, and historical and philosophical developments of the social work profession in the United States and around the world.
Three hours, three credits.

210 Social Work Practice I
The first course in a three-semester course sequence within which an introduction to generalist social work practice, purpose, theory, values, and methods are taught.  The course focus is on the generic process for helping individuals solve problems in living.  Prerequisite: SWK 201.
Three hours, three credits.

299 Introduction to Community Service
Participation in a structured community setting including 75 hours of volunteer service within the local social welfare delivery system.  Classroom seminar accompanies this initial experience in the field.  Prerequisite: SWK 210 and ENG 102 (with a “C” or higher).
Three hours, three credits.

310 Social Work Practice II
The second course of a three-semester course sequence within which the foundations of social work practice with groups and with families are taught.  This course is designed to enable the future generalist practitioner to meet the challenge of social work practice with groups and families.  Prerequisite: Professional Status as defined in the program description.
Three hours, three credits.

320 Social Welfare Policy: History, Philosophy, and Current Policies
The first course of a two-part policy sequence designed to provide an introduction to the understanding and appraisal of social welfare policies and programs in the U.S., and the historical and contemporary forces – political, social, and economic – that have shaped their development. 

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisite: Professional Status as defined in the program description.
Three hours, three credits.

321 Social Welfare Policy: Analysis, Formulation, and Implementation
The second course of a two-part policy sequence designed to initiate problem-focused analysis of current welfare policies and programs, and of those sociopolitical factors that influence their development.  Prerequisites: SWK 320 and Professional Status as defined in the program description.
Three hours, three credits.

329 Foundations of Adventure Based Counseling
This course will cover the foundational concepts underlying adventure based counseling to include historical background, relevant social issues as well as basic professional planning and design methods necessary to assist diverse populations.
Three credits.

330 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Course content is organized around the developmental tasks of each life stage with attention given to the focus of the social work profession on the entire life cycle.  Emphasis on theories that provide the knowledge base for practice.

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.  Prerequisite: PSY 211 or 212 and Professional Status as defined in the program description.   
Three hours, three credits.

350 Substance Abuse: Interventive Techniques
Designed to provide students with knowledge about substance abuse and its impact on individuals, families, and communities.  Models of social work practice appropriate to cases of substance abuse will be presented.  Attention will be given to the cooperation between agency and community in prevention and treatment of substance abuse.   
Three hours, three credits.

355 Child Welfare Systems and Services
This course will review the history of child welfare systems and services in the United States.  The nature and delivery of child welfare services through public and private child welfare organizations will be scrutinized.  Current legislative activity as well as the role of courts will be examined.  The course is intended to examine the function and responsibilities of diverse professionals and thus is appropriate for students in various social science majors.  Prerequisites: PSC 101 or PSY 201 or SOC 202.   
Three hours, three credits.

410 Social Work Practice III
The third course of a three-semester course continuum which offers an opportunity for advanced study for the generalist practitioner.  Theory and practice skills on a macro level are emphasized.  Creative interventions with community systems are explored.  Concepts of social work administration are presented in depth.  Prerequisites: SWK 310 and Professional Status as defined in the program description.
Three hours, three credits.


441 Applied Social Work Research
A research seminar designed to enable the student to develop a research proposal and to analyze and interpret data with applications for use in the field of social welfare.  Prerequisite: SOC 470 or PSY 306.   
Three hours, three credits.

450 Topics in Social Work
An elective seminar designed to connect students with important theories, events, and people in the development of contemporary social work not covered in detail in regular course offerings.  Specific topics will vary from term to term.  Prerequisite: SWK 201.
Three hours, three credits.

498 Senior Seminar
Taken concurrently with SWK 499, a coordinating seminar to enable the student to synthesize practice skills acquired in the field with theories, knowledge, and values learned in the classroom.  Opportunity provided for students to gain faculty and peer feedback on their application of social work skills to the solution of client problems in living.
Three hours, three credits.

499 Internship – Senior Field Placement
A 400-hour (15 week) agency experience supervised by a faculty liaison and a field instructor who has earned the MSW degree.  Field placements are developed to fit the students’ career objectives.  Prerequisite: SWK 410 and Professional Status as defined in the program description.
Nine credits.