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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.

297 Professional Preparation Seminar I
This course introduces the students to the expectations of the Social Work major at Ferrum College.  Students will be introduced to the details of the Social Work Code of Ethics and Professional Standards; CSWE required competencies with related review of Social Work Major courses, professional behaviors and GPA requirements; and preparation for admission to the SWK major (application and interview). Prerequisites:  SWK 201 and ENG 102 (both with minimum of "C") and overall GPA requirement of 2.2
One hour, one credit.

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).  Accepted majors only; see formal acceptance process. 

Three hours, three credits.

305 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 generalist process for helping individuals solve problems in living.  Prerequisite: SWK 201, SWK 297, and additional major requirements.  Accepted majors only; see formal acceptance process.
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. Prerequisite: SWK 201, and students who are designated as SWK minors or accepted majors only; see formal acceptance process.
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 with a grade of "C" or higher; majors only; see formal acceptance process.
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 is on theories that provide the knowledge base for practice. Prerequisite: PSY 211 or 212 and students who are designated as SWK minors or accepted majors only; see formal acceptance process.   
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.
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.


397 Professional Preparation Seminar II
This course introduces students to the many career opportunities in social work through field agency visits and speakers; focuses on preparation for senior field practicum: requirements/paperwork process (criminal background check, etc.), resume update, review of placement options, interview prep and mock interviews, official agency interviews along with finalization of placement, and development of a learning contract with agency. Prerequisite: formal acceptance into the Social Work major, SWK 305, 320; concurrent with SWK 321 and 330.
One hour, one credit.

405 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.  A community task group assignment will be conducted in conjunction with the student’s senior field practicum site.   Prerequisite: SWK 305, 320, 321 and 330. Required concurrent with: SWK 410, 497, 498 and SOC 470.
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.  A community or organizational project will be assigned in conjunction with the student’s senior field practicum site. Prerequisites: SWK 305, 320, 321 and 330.  Required concurrent: SWK 405, 497, 489, and SOC 470.
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.

489 Senior Field Practicum and Seminar I
The first of two parts of the senior field experience will be an introduction to the agency in which
the student will spend two semesters.   The agency experience will be 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. During this Fall semester senior experience the student will be in the agency for at least 75 hours along with a one hour weekly classroom seminar. The student will have the opportunity to be fully oriented to the agency’s services in preparation for more concentrated hours in the second practicum during spring semester.  The agency will also provide the setting for the senior student to implement course projects for two required practice courses and the research course.  Prerequisites: SWK 305, 321, 330, 397; concurrent with: SWK 405, 410, 497, and SOC 470. 
Three hours, three credits

497 Professional Preparation Seminar III
An in-depth review of the Senior Portfolio requirements (both format and content); detailed discussion of the ten major competencies and practice behaviors along with beginning compilation of prior work and self-assessment. Prerequisites: SWK 397, SWK 321 and 330; concurrent with SWK 405, 410, 498 and SOC 470.
One hour, one credit.

498 Social Work Senior Capstone
Taken concurrently with SWK 499 Senior Field Practicum and Seminar II, this capstone course requires the senior student to apply critical thinking and synthesis skills, using generalist practice experiences acquired in the field as well as knowledge, theories, research and values learned throughout their college coursework, to demonstrate learning related to the Social Work Program’s Ten Competencies, as required by the Council on Social Work Education. The course will culminate in a formal PowerPoint presentation to external social work agency evaluators who will critique and provide written as well as oral feedback. Prerequisites: all SWK major course requirements; concurrent with SWK 499.
Three hours, three credits
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499 Field Practicum and Seminar II
A 400-hour (13 ½ 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. This course Includes a weekly 2 hr. seminar which may be held on agency site or on campus. Prerequisite:   all SWK major requirements and concurrent with SWK 498.
Nine credits