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SW 101 Introduction to Social Work (3 credits)
Overview of the public and private social services and the social work profession including analysis of their functions as modes of social problem solving. (Formerly SW 220)

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SW 230 Crisis Intervention (3 credits)
Analysis of crisis theories, definition of crisis, what can cause crisis, effects of crisis, and resources for crisis, and resources for crisis intervention.

Prerequisite: Must have completed PSY 101.

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SW 250 Social Welfare History and Policy (3 credits)
Explores the historical development of the social work profession and current policies governing the social service delivery system within the United States. Social policy is presented as a social construction influenced by a range of ideologies and interests. Special attention is paid to social welfare policy and programs relevant to the practice of social work, including poverty, child and family well-being, mental and physical disability, health, and racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities. The course includes a focus on the role of policy in creating, maintaining or eradicating social inequities.

Prerequisite: Must have completed SW 101.

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SW 310 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3 credits)
Examines human development from conception through young adulthood from an ecological-systems approach using a biopsychosocial perspective. Theories related to typical and atypical biological, psychological, cognitive, and social development will be explored. In addition, theories regarding small groups, communities, and social organizations will be presented to focus on the interaction among the social, political, economic, biological, cultural, and environmental forces that come to bear on the growth and development of all individuals including minority groups, women, gays and lesbians, and other oppressed groups.

Prerequisite: Must have completed ANTH 101 and BIOL 100 and PSY 101 and SOC 101 and SW 101 and (ECON 102 or ECON 103) and ((HIST 101 nad HIST 102) or PSC 101).

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SW 311 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3 credits)
Examines human development from adulthood through old age and death as a continuation from SW 310, utilizing the same theoretical perspectives related to biological, psychological, cognitive, and social development. In addition, as in SW 310, theories regarding small groups, communities, and social organizations will be presented to focus on the interaction among the social, political, economic, biological, cultural, and environmental forces that come to bear on the growth and development of all individuals including minority groups, women, gays and lesbians, and other oppressed groups.

Prerequisite: Must have completed SW 310.

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SW 321 Basics of Professional Communication (3 credits)
Focuses on the development of basic communication and observational skills needed for subsequent social work methods courses. Communication topics to be addressed include: active listening, questioning, empathetic responding, paraphrasing, summarizing, persuasive writing, and non-verbal communication. Emphasis will be placed on developing observation and communication skills that capture events in ways that are descriptive, accurate, and unbiased. Given the importance of nonjudgmental and unbiased communication to rapport, the course will examine the role of power differentials, gender, culture, class, context and ethnicity/race on professional communication.

Prerequisite: Must have completed ENG 101 and ENG 102 and PSY 101 and SW 101.

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