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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

BA Course Descriptions

SW 1041. Social Welfare: A World View -- 3 hrs.

Comparative study of social welfare (social insurance, public welfare, charity and philanthropy, social services, and mutual aid) in the United States, and selected nations from five regions of the world as defined by the International Congress of Schools of Social Work (African, Asian, European, Latin American, and North American regions). (Same as SOC SCI 1041.)

SW 2042. Social Services and Social Work -- 3 hrs.

Legal aspects, goals, and values of the social work profession, and roles of the social worker in social service agencies. Prerequisite: SW 1041 or consent of instructor.

SW 2045. American Racial and Ethnic Minorities -- 3 hrs.

Survey of several American minorities, including Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, and Native Americans. A multi-disciplinary study of these groups with particular emphasis on geographic origins, linguistic traditions and current modes of economic subsistence. Introduction to folkways and mores of each group. (Same as SOC SCI 1045.)

SW 2080. Statistics for Social Work -- 3 hrs.

Data-analytic techniques appropriate to social work research. Reasons to learn statistics, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion and variability, levels of measurement, frequency tables and histograms, percentiles, Z-scores, inferential statistics, p-values, confidence intervals, type I and type II errors, chi-square, Pearson, Spearman, and point bi-serial correlations shared variance, one-way ANOVA, multi-way ANOVA, linear regression, ANCOVA. Students will be introduced to LISREL and basic epidemiological analyses including incidence, prevalence, relative risk, and odds-ratio. Prerequisite: completion of mathematics requirement for Liberal Arts Core. (Offered Spring.)

SW 2091. Social Work Practice I -- 3 hrs.

Knowledge, skills, and values for generalist social work practice utilizing a problem-solving approach and a phase-based model to social work practice.  Emphasis is on skill development and essential competencies and corresponding practice behaviors consistent with the purpose and scope of the Social Work profession and the Council on Social Work Education.  Prerequisite(s):  SW 1041; SW 2042 (may be corequisite); or consent of instructor.

SW 3102. Conflict Resolution -- 3 hrs.

Survey of social science theory and research in conflict resolution with emphasis on the development of less destructive modes of problem solving in social formations. (Same as SOC 3090 and ANTH 3470.)

SW 4121. Mental Deviance and Mental Health Institutions -- 3 hrs.

Study of the social factors associated with mental illness; its onset, the organizational context of its care and treatment, and its effects on various societal institutions. Prerequisites: SOC 1000 or SOC 1060; junior standing.

SW 4142. Working With Racial and Ethnic Minorities -- 3 hrs.

Examination of values and behaviors related to ethnic group membership and social class. Utilization of such knowledge for problem assessment and intervention. Development of ethnic-sensitive practice skills. Prerequisites: SW 1041; junior standing.

SW 4143. Stress and Stress Management in the Helping Professions -- 3 hrs.

Stress and stress management for helping professionals and their clientele. Physiological, psychological, social and economic factors producing stress. Coping, management and prevention procedures. Prerequisite: junior standing.

SW 4144. Social Policies and Issues -- 3 hrs.

Policy development and the consequences of policy for social welfare institutions. Frameworks for policy analysis. Planning, program design, and policy decisions for administration of social services. Prerequisites: SW 1041; SW 2042; senior standing.

SW 4163. Minority Group Relations -- 3 hrs.

Study of the interpersonal and social relations of minority groups within the larger American society, with special reference to Black-White relations. Prerequisites: SOC 1000; junior standing.

SW 4164. Human Behavior and the Social Environment -- 3 hrs.

Integrates multiple sources of knowledge in the analysis of models of human behavior from a person-environment perspective; attention is paid to structural components in oppression and the importance of difference in shaping life experiences.  Student should have a strong base of courses in human behavior. Prerequisites: FAM SERV 1055 or PSYCH 2202; BIOL 1014 or a course in human biology; junior standing.

SW 4171. Addictions Treatment -- 3 hrs.

Social, legal, political, psychological, biological, spiritual, and ethical factors related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, eating disorders, and behavioral addictions such as shopping and gambling.  Various intervention models with an emphasis on harm reduction, stages of change, and a strengths perspective.  The role of professional social work in the field of addictions treatment, application of social work ethical principles to guide professional practice, and response to contexts that shape practice.  Prerequisite(s):  junior standing.

SW 4172. Human Services Administration -- 3 hrs.

Major concepts, principles, methods, and theories of administration of human services agencies, public and private. Application of systems theories to administration of these agencies. Prerequisites: SW 1041; junior standing.

SW 4173. Social Services for Older Adults -- 3 hrs.

This course will provide an introduction to the various programs and services designed to serve older Americans.  Related literature on population demographics and trends, social perceptions of the elderly, and current and projected needs of an increasingly older population will be discussed.  Examination of the legislative bases and policies formulated to create administrative structures and programs will be included.  Prerequisite(s):  SW 1041; junior standing.

SW 4175. Child Welfare Policy and Practice -- 3 hrs.

Review of the development of family and children's services and practice, focusing on current services, programs, and social work practice issues. Examination of policies and legislation, emphasizing how such policies affect family functioning and the delivery of services. Prerequisites: SW 1041; junior standing.

SW 3184. Field Instruction -- 11-15 hrs.

440 clock hours are required. Eleven credit hours may be earned by: (1) 3 1/2 days per week on a semester basis; or (2) fulltime for eleven weeks during a semester; or (3) fulltime for eleven weeks during the summer. Additional credit hours will require additional clock hours in field instruction. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisites: SW 2042; SW 4164; SW 3185 and a statistics course; completion of SW 2091 and SW 3192 with a minimum grade of C in each course; Social Work major; minimum UNI GPA of 2.40; senior standing.

SW 3185. Social Work Research -- 3 hrs.

Application of research to social work practice including formulation of research questions and hypotheses, strategies of research design, measurement and methods of collecting data, questionnaire construction, data presentation and report writing. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or equivalent; SOC 2020; junior standing.

SW 3189. Readings in Social Work -- 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated only with consent of department. Prerequisites: 6 hours in social work; consent of department.

SW 3190. Specialized Field Placement -- 1-6 hrs.

Specialized Field Placement can be designed to meet unique situations; beyond 450:184. Students may elect 1-6 hours credit; 40 clock hours equals 1 credit hour. A student may enroll for a maximum of 18 credit hours in a combination of SW3184 and SW4190. Prerequisites: SW 3192; minimum UNI GPA of 2.40. Enrollment by consent of the Field Coordinator only.

SW 3192. Social Work Practice II -- 3 hrs.

This is the second course in the BASW practice sequence, and it is at an intermediate level.  This course, which builds on the skills and competencies learned in Social Work Practice I, employs selected models of practice for in-depth study with emphasis on the theoretical basis of each model and the acquisition of skills and knowledge for work with individuals and families.  This course includes experiential exercises, including behavior rehearsal, lecture, discussions, and presentations.  Prerequisite(s): Social Work major; completion of 450:091 with a minimum grade of C; minimum UNI GPA of 2.40.

SW 4193. Therapeutic Communication -- 3 hrs.

Survey of practice approaches with individuals; examination of integrative approaches to practice (common factors, and technical, theoretical, and assimilative integration); and analysis of the advantages and limitations of using empirically supported treatments.  Prerequisites: SW 3192; junior standing.

SW 4194. Seminar in Social Work -- 3 hrs.

In-depth exploration of an advanced topic in social work practice or social welfare policy. Prerequisites: junior standing.

SW 4195. Family and Group Practice -- 3 hrs.

Family, family network, and group work intervention skills. Prerequisites: SW 3192; junior standing.

SW 4196. Community and Organizational Practice -- 3 hrs.

This course is designed for students to develop a knowledge base and practice skills fundamental to effect social change within communities and organizations.  Students will learn methods of assessing macro systems as well as developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate intervention strategies to advance human rights and socioeconomic and political justice for the society as a whole, especially, for populations at risk.  Prerequisites: SW 3192; junior standing.