Social Work

Department of Social Work

SOWK 287. Introduction to Social Work. 3 credits.

An overview of the development of social work as a profession with emphasis upon various settings in which social work is practiced. The focus is on practical experiences designed to enable the student to gain familiarity with the dynamics of the profession. Corequisite: 20 hours community service-learning.

SOWK 288. Social Welfare. 3 credits.

The analysis of basic human needs, problems and resources in society (America and other selected countries). The study of the development of social welfare as an institution in society. The examination of current issues in social welfare services.

SOWK 301. Workshops in Social Work. 1-3 credits.

Detailed study of a topic of interest in social work. May be repeated for credit.

SOWK 305. Social Work Research Methods. 3 credits.

Study of qualitative and quantitative methods in social work. Explanation of logic of scientific procedure. Formulation and design of social work research, including observation, questionnaires, interviews, use of existing sources, experiments, indirect techniques, evaluation research, analysis and interpretation of data. Publication and dissemination of results of social work research. Prerequisite: MATH 220 or SOCI 331.

SOWK 317. Introduction to Social Work Practice. 3 credits.

Self-awareness, analysis of worker and client value systems and an understanding of intervention are applied practically to aid students in developing skills in communication and interviewing.

SOWK 320. Human Behavior in the Social  Environment.  3 credits.

Integration and expansion of prerequisite knowledge foundation in the biological, psychological and socio-cultural sciences as they apply to individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. Particular attention is paid to minorities of color, women, sexual orientation and cultural diversity in a pluralistic society. Prerequisites: SOCI 101/GSOCI 210, SOCI 214, GPSYC 101, GPSYC 160; and SOCI 336/SOCI 354.

SOWK/GERN 325. Positive Aging: Elderhostel. 3 credits.

In this academic course and outreach program, JMU students are  co-participants and co-learners with adults 55 and over attending the JMU Elderhostel.

SOWK/SOCI 330. Corrections. 3 credits.

The history, philosophy, policies and problems of the treatment of violators by the police, courts and correctional institutions.

SOWK 332. Community Mental Health Practice.  3 credits.

Provides a basis for understanding mental health policy and services. Focus is on the needs of the deinstitutionalized mentally ill patient including psychosocial treatment and case management services. Outpatient services for the general public are also covered. Course contains a community service-learning component.

SOWK 335. Social Policy. 3 credits.

Study of the formulation and consequences of social policy in the context of contemporary social, political and economic conditions. Skill development in policy analysis, critique and change. Prerequisites: SOWK 288 and GPOSC 225  or POSC 302.

SOWK 338. Issues and Policies in Family Services.  3 credits.

Examination of historical and philosophical approaches to family  policy. Evolution of family-related social policies in the United States is contrasted with those of selected foreign countries with the view toward a national family policy.

SOWK 340. Violence in Families. 3 credits.

Examination of violence in the family, including spouse, sibling, elder and child abuse. Studies the social and cultural patterns and etiology of family violence. Examines programs and services for the abused and the abuser including shelters, support systems and counseling.

SOWK 342. Child Welfare Services. 3 credits.

Study of the basic child welfare services—day care, homemakers, services to unwed parents, protective, foster care and adoption services—and the principle income maintenance programs as they affect children and their families. Analysis of legal framework and court services and such current issues as guardianship, educational and protective services.

SOWK/ANTH/SOCI 348. Third World Societies: An Introduction. 3 credits.

This course will provide a critical examination of Third World societies within the global system. The course will address theoretical frameworks used to analyze Third World problems. Special attention will be given to persistent problems in the areas of population, poverty, health care, housing and social welfare.

SOWK 372. Social Work Practice with the Aged. 3 credits.

An examination of America’s response to aged Americans from a historical and current perspective. Social problems and social work skills will be examined in light of individual, group and community needs and those affected by social policies.

SOWK/FAM/GERN 375. Grant Writing for Agencies. 3 credits.

A collaborative course, which emphasizes active learning, teaches basic skills on proposal writing. Students and agency representatives learn the importance of grant writing for agencies/organizations and research projects often needed to complete graduate education. There is a potential for a grant submission by the end of the semester.

SOWK/FAM 385. Acting Out Teen Theatre. 3 credits.

Students are trained to facilitate a semester-long, weekly theater program  with 12-18 year old middle and high school students. Students analyze group dynamics, apply theory and provide program structure. The semester ends with the teen production of an original script.

SOWK/FAM 386. Acting OutREACH. 3 credits.

Students learn about issues currently facing teens, parents and schools. Students are trained to apply theory and function as staff for the  Acting OutREACH Program. Students take issue-centered programs to alternative education and after-school programs at middle and high schools in the community.

SOWK 387. Working with Teenagers. 3 credits.

Survey of physical, psychological and social theories of adolescent development. Examination of service delivery issues in working with teenagers. Investigation of topical areas of particular relevance to work with adolescents including sexuality, abuse and neglect, runaways, depression and suicide and substance abuse.

SOWK 442. Social Work in Health Care. 3 credits.

The impact of illness and disability on the person, family and community is studied. The social responses currently provided and those being developed are emphasized. Explores psychosocial assessment methods; prevention, crisis intervention and rehabilitation strategies; and interdisciplinary teamwork in health care.

SOWK 465. Social Work Practice in Mezzo Systems.  3 credits.

Application of social work values, knowledge and methods with families and small groups is emphasized. Assessment, planning intervention strategies, resource utilization and evaluation are examined. Role play and group processing are utilized. Prerequisites: SOWK 305, SOWK 317, SOWK 320, SOWK 335 and admission to the Social Work Program. Corequisites: SOWK 466 and SOWK 467.

SOWK 466. Social Work Practice in Micro Systems.  3 credits.

Application of social work values, knowledge and methods with individuals within the family context is emphasized. Case assessment, planning intervention strategies, resource utilization and evaluation are examined. Role play and videotaping are utilized. Prerequisites: SOWK 305, SOWK 317, SOWK 320, SOWK 335 and admission to the Social Work Program. Corequisites: SOWK 465 and SOWK467.

SOWK 467. Social Work Practice in Macro Systems.  3 credits.

Social work skill development and practice in the application of knowledge, skills and methods to the macro systems of professional practice including neighborhoods, communities and organizations. Prerequisites: SOWK 305, SOWK 317, SOWK 320, SOWK 335 and admission to the Social Work Program. Corequisites: SOWK 465 and SOWK 466.

SOWK 481. Social Work Field Practicum I (Block Plan). 6 credits.

Offers students an opportunity to gain a broad knowledge of the basic functions, services and roles of the agency as related to actual social work practice, as well as a specific knowledge of practical intervention skills necessary to effective social work practice. The field experience is the application of knowledge and skill components drawn from previous courses. Prerequisite: Admission to the field practicum. Social work majors only. Senior Standing.

SOWK 482. Social Work Field Practicum II (Block Plan).  6 credits.

Offers students an opportunity to build upon previous field experience by having more responsibility and tasks designed to expand their practice skills in social work. Prerequisites: SOWK 481. Social work majors only.

SOWK 487. Special Topics in Social Work. 3 credits.

Examination of selected topics of social work practice that are of  current importance in the social work profession. Course may be repeated for credit.

SOWK 490. Special Studies in Social Work. 3 credits.

This course is restricted to majors in social work. The course provides capable students an opportunity to complete independent studies under faculty supervision. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Recommendation of the instructor and permission of the department head.

SOWK 494. Senior Seminar in Social Work. 3 credits.

The integration of the classroom and field practicum experience that the student has had during the undergraduate years, into a synthesis, which will provide a firm foundation upon which to begin professional social work practice. Senior outcome assessment is integral to this course. Prerequisite: Social work majors only. Corequisite: Field Practicum.

SOWK 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.

Independent research topic initiated and completed by qualified second semester junior social work majors.


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