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SOCIAL WORK (SW)
College of Education and Human Service Professions
Social Work
 
SW 1000 - Introduction to Social Welfare (SOC SCI)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Contemporary social welfare problems and the historical development of social services programs designed to address them. Complex social problems, such as poverty, homelessness and child maltreatment examined, as well as the response of social institutions, social policies, and the professional of social work to these problems. Social justice issues and the role of citizen involvement to create change.



SW 1210 - Global Issues (SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER, LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08)
(3.0 cr; =[SW 1212, SW 1211]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Global problems of war, peace, national security; population, food, hunger; environmental concerns, global resources; economic and social development; human rights. Examines issues from a global problem-solving perspective. Value, race, class, gender differences.



SW 1212 - Honors Seminar: Global Issues (SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER, LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08)
(3.0 cr; =[SW 1210, SW 1211]; Prereq-Honors student; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Focus on global problems of war, peace, and national security; population, food, and hunger; environmental concerns and global resources; economic and social development; human rights. Examination of issues from systems, problem solving, and futurist perspectives in honors seminar format.



SW 1619 - Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY, LE CAT8, LECD CAT08)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, offered periodically)
Race, class, and gender as pivotal dimensions in American society. Similarities and differences between groups, dynamics of discrimination, and efforts to meet needs and achieve potential for all groups in America.



SW 4100 - Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
(3.0 cr; Prereq-admission to BSW program, 4111 or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F only, fall, every year)
Examines societal issues generated by systemic discrimination and explores methods for reducing discrimination. Particular focus on advanced social work practice with diverse populations.



SW 4101 - Human Behavior in Social Environment
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1000, 1619 (concurrent registration is allow) or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F only, fall, every year)
Overview of social psychological and social systems concepts. Applications of concepts to social work and human service issues. Focus on individuals, human development, families, groups, organization, communities, and society/culture.



SW 4102 - Introduction to Social Work Research
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Admission to BSW program, 1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F only, spring, every year)
Introduction to social science research and its applications to social work and social welfare. Cultural competence and relation of practice and research.



SW 4103 - Senior Capstone Project
(2.0 cr; Prereq-pre or co-req 4121 or instructor consent; no grad credit; S-N only, spring, every year)
This course will help students complete their ePortfolio which is the capstone project for the BSW program



SW 4111 - Introduction to Individual, Family and Group Practice
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Admission to BSW program, 1000, 4101 or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F only, spring, every year)
Introduction to generalist social work practice, social work ethics, the ecological perspective and the problem-solving model.



SW 4112 - Organization and Community Practice
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Admission to BSW program, 4111 or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F only, spring, every year)
Development of knowledge and skills for beginning level macro social work practice. Topics include understanding human service organizations, promoting organizational change, using supervision, community advocacy, policy practice, ethics and cultural competence.



SW 4113 - Introduction to Child Welfare Practice
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Admission to BSW program 1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F only, spring, every year)
Introduction to social work child welfare practice, with a focus on practice in public sector county and tribal settings, and a special emphasis on child protection.



SW 4120 - Community Volunteer Experience
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Admission to BSW program, background check, 1000, 4111 (concurrent registration is allowed) and instructor consent; no grad credit; S-N only, spring, every year)
Community volunteer experience with emphasis on working with vulnerable populations. Beginning experience in a social service setting to acquire skills in relationships building and to develop understanding of social work ethics, values ad roles in a diverse society. Focus of seminar meetings is the exploration of self in relationship to helping. Seminar will focus on student exploration of self in relationship to helping.



SW 4121 - Senior Field Placement
(3.0 - 6.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Admission to BSW program, 1000, 4120 or instructor consent; no grad credit; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
Practicum experience with emphasis on developing knowledge and skill base for generalist practice in a community agency. Concurrent seminar assists students in integrating classroom theories and intervention methodologies with field experiences. Application to diverse populations.



SW 4190 - American Indian Social Work Practice Issues
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4100 or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F only, fall, every year)
Introduction to historical and contemporary social work practice issues with American Indians. Policy issues, cultural and sensitivity knowledge, and practice methods with American Indian clients and communities at micro and macro levels of intervention.



SW 4201 - Social Welfare Policy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1000 or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F only, fall, every year)
Overview of major social welfare policies in the United States. Policy analysis from a historical, social, economic and political perspective. Focus on policy practice roles for social workers as policy analysts and advocates for social justice.



SW 5032 - Child Welfare and the Law
(2.0 cr; Prereq-MSW student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Intensive advanced course in the federal, state, and tribal laws and court processes regulating child welfare practice. Includes laws and procedures and the role of the social worker in legal proceedings.



SW 5061 - Computers in the Human Services
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-Jr or sr or grad student or instructor consent; fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Overview of computers in the human services, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, communication, and internet.



SW 5091 - Independent Study
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed reading, research, or other experiences leading to presentation of a report.



SW 5095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Proseminar on contemporary topics of concern to students and faculty. Topics announced in Class Schedule.



SW 5096 - Special Project
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Approval of faculty sponsor and field coordinator required to do a project in generalist or advanced generalist social work practice. Project may closely coordinate with another course or may be an independent area of interest.



SW 5101 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MSW student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, every year)
Overview of social psychological and social systems concepts. Applications of concepts to social work and human service issues. Focus on individuals, human development, families, groups, organizations, communities, and society/culture.



SW 5111 - Grant Writing in the Human Services
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-Jr or sr or Grad or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Step-by-step development of grant planning and grant writing. Sources of grants: private foundations and public agencies. Needs assessment methodologies, budgeting, and program evaluation.



SW 5120 - Cross-Cultural Exploration Through Learning Circles
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Admission into MSW, 8100 or instructor consent; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
In a small group (learning circle) students will learn about diverse groups, cross-cultural interactions and explore the concepts of individual and organizational cultural competence through the use of interactive and experimental methods, and applying new knowledge to practice in social work



SW 5201 - Social Welfare Policy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MSW student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, every year)
Historical development of field of social welfare in the United States and emergence of social work profession. Social policy analysis techniques and ways to influence social policy and vulnerable/minority issues.



SW 5222 - Intervention in Family Violence
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-Jr or sr or grad student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, summer, offered periodically)
Current theory, research, and practice in field of family violence. Multidisciplinary assessment and intervention skills for working with families with diverse backgrounds.



SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy
(2.0 cr; Prereq-Jr or sr or Grad or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Policies affecting the well-being of women; strategies for better meeting women's needs. Focuses on policies that affect women's roles and statuses within the domestic unit and within larger economic and political spheres.



SW 5280 - Addressing Alcohol Related Problems in Social Work Practice
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-Jr or Sr or Grad or instructor consent; summer, every year)
A multi-level systems perspective in examining the effects of alcohol problems on individuals, families and other populations. Topics will include: epidemiology, etiology, screening, assessment, diagnosis, treatment options, specialized populations and various social work practice areas.



SW 5990 - Pre-Field Work
(0.0 cr; No Grade, fall, summer, every year)
This 0 credit courses is designed to cover the expense of criminal background checks required of all MSW students before they can enroll in their initial field placement with our program (Field I for Standard Students and Field II for Advanced Students).



SW 8021 - Methods of Clinical Social Work Practice
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-8111 or admission to advanced standing MSW program; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Advanced skill development in clinical assessment and intervention. Through an ecologically based framework, students learn how to address a wide variety of micro-level problems involving many different populations. Social work applications of the DSM-IV.



SW 8031 - Advanced Practice in Child Welfare
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5032, 8441; A-F only, spring, every year)
Advanced skill development in assessment, intervention, and evaluation in relationship to direct child welfare social work practice.



SW 8051 - School Social Work
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-Soc work grad student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Overview of social work practice in educational settings, roles and functions of social workers within a complex ecological system, and skills and knowledge needed by social workers in a school setting.



SW 8070 - A Problem-based Approach to Clinical Assessment and Intervention
(3.0 cr; Prereq-8441; A-F only, spring, every year)
Beginning with complex case situations, and having students draw on knowledge and skills that best address these situations, students will follow cases from initial assessment through intervention and termination. This nationally cutting-edge approach is based on the premise that one of the most effective ways of teaching advanced SW practice is to begin with a difficult "real-life" practice problem, and to have students somewhat autonomously draw on whatever information and skills they need to effectively address the problem.



SW 8100 - Social Work with Diverse Populations
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MSW students or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Examines societal issues generated by systemic discrimination and explores methods for reducing discrimination. Particular focus on advanced social work practice with diverse populations.



SW 8101 - Introduction to Research
(2.0 cr; Prereq-SW Grad student or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, every year)
Introduction to social science research and its applications to social work and social welfare.



SW 8102 - Advanced Research
(3.0 cr; Prereq-8101 or admission to advanced standing MSW program; A-F only, fall, summer, every year)
Application of social science knowledge and skills to evaluate practice and to conduct community-based research and program evaluation projects. Develop a research proposal.



SW 8104 - Project Seminar II
(1.0 cr; Prereq-8103; S-N only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Application of research knowledge and skills to final stages of master's research project. Data collection and analysis procedures applied to the Plan B paper.



SW 8105 - MSW Portfolio and Final Oral Seminar
(0.0 cr; Prereq-8102; S-N or Aud, spring, summer, every year)
Seminar provides support for completing MSW portfolio and final oral exam.



SW 8106 - Child Welfare Practice with African American Families
(2.0 cr; Prereq-8100 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Students will learn about African American family strengths, values and norms; and about the social history and current status of the overrepresentation of African Americans in the child welfare system. They will also explore best practice in providing child welfare services to African American families.



SW 8111 - Individual, Family and Group Practice I
(3.0 cr; Prereq-SW grad student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, every year)
Overview of generalist social work practice, ethics, ecological perspective, and problem-solving model. Application to individuals, families, and groups and to diverse populations. Development of counseling skills.



SW 8112 - Organization and Community Practice I
(3.0 cr; Prereq-8111; A-F only, spring, every year)
Using a problem-solving model and the ecological and strengths perspectives, students develop assessment and interventions skills for effective practice with organizations and community. Topics include using supervision, facilitating meetings, advocacy, cultural competence, and promoting organizational and community change.



SW 8235 - American Indians and Social Policy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5201 or advanced standing MSW program or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 5235.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Informs human service providers of policies affecting American Indians, including relationships of tribal governments with the United States and Minnesota governments, the interface between Indian and non-Indian service delivery systems, and Indian culture and politics.



SW 8331 - Organization and Community Practice II
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5101, 8112 or Advanced Standing in MSW program; A-F only, fall, every year)
Prepares students for advanced practice in organizations and communities. It provides a framework for assessing and intervening in organizational and communities using an asset-based and problem-solving approach. Specific strategies and tactics for strengthening organizations and communities are addressed.



SW 8332 - Advanced Practice in Administration and Community Development
(2.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-8331; A-F only, spring, every year)
This course focuses on application of advanced knowledge and skills essential for understanding macro practice. Analysis of organizations and communities is required. Emphasis will be on analysis of complex social problems and the development of organizational and community solutions.



SW 8333 - FTE: Master's
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Master's student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, every year)
(No description)



SW 8441 - Individual, Family and Group Practice II
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5101, 8112 or advanced standing MSW student; A-F only, fall, every year)
Examines a range of social work practice theories and their application to practice with individuals, families, and groups. Advanced skills in assessment and intervention in addressing complex problems with a focus on micro practice. Application to diverse populations and settings.



SW 8442 - Advanced Group Work
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-8441; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Conceptual knowledge and applied experiences needed to lead groups in a variety of social work settings serving diverse populations. Treatment groups and task groups (on both the organizational and community levels). Builds on the advanced generalist framework.



SW 8443 - Advanced Practice in Mental Health
(3.0 cr; Prereq-8441 concurrent registration is required; A-F only, spring, every year)
Advanced skill development in direct practice social work assessment, intervention, and evaluation in relationship to mental health issues.



SW 8544 - Advanced Practice with Families
(2.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-8441; A-F only, spring, offered periodically)
Advanced skill development in social work assessment, interventions, and evaluations in relationship to families at various stages across the life span.



SW 8771 - Health in American Indian Communities
(2.0 cr; Prereq-8235; A-F only, spring, every year)
Introduction to historical and contemporary concepts of American Indian health. Policy issues, cultural and sensitivity knowledge, and practice methods with American Indian clients and communities at micro, mezzo, and macro levels of intervention.



SW 8801 - Field Placement I
(3.0 - 6.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-8111, 8112; SW Grad student, instructor consent; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Practicum experience with emphasis on developing knowledge and skill base for "beginning generalist" practice in a community agency. Concurrent seminar assists students in integrating classroom theories and intervention methodologies with field experiences. Application to diverse populations.



SW 8802 - Field Placement II
(3.0 - 8.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-concurrent registration in 8031 or 8332 or 8443 or 8544, SW Grad Student and instructor consent; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Developing knowledge and skill base for "advanced generalist" practice in a community agency. Concurrent seminar focuses on integrating classroom theories and intervention methodologies with experiences with client systems at micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice. Attention to vulnerable/minority issues.



SW 8881 - Dynamics of American Indian Families
(2.0 cr; Prereq-8235 or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to traditional and contemporary concepts relating to American Indian families. Public policy, social problems, cultural strengths, conflicts, and culturally competent social work practice.



SW 8991 - Practice in the American Indian Community
(2.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-Soc work grad student, 8771 or 8881, instructor consent; S-N only, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Gives MSW students supervised direct practice experience in the American Indian community. Application of cultural knowledge and culturally competent practice skills.



 
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