Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Social Work (SCWK) Descriptions

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Course Descriptions

SCWK 2331.  The Social Work Profession I.  3(3-0)

Survey of the social work profession, including history, philosophy, ethics and relevance to current social issues. Participation with service agencies to assess interest in pursuing social work as a career.

SCWK 3325.  Human Behavior in the Social Environment I.  3(3-0)

A multidimensional approach to examining the behavior of individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and society as a whole.  Theories and research of human behavior across system levels are critically evaluated as applications are made to social work practice.  Prerequisite: SCWK 2331.

SCWK 3329.  Social Welfare: Policy and Advocacy I.  3(3-0)

Historical and current survey of the social service delivery system as a response to human need.  History, mission and philosophy of social welfare.  Prerequisite: SCWK 2331.

SCWK 3331.  Social Work Practice I.  3(3-0)

Social work practice from a generalist perspective with emphasis on the acquisition of values, knowledge, and skills necessary for working with clients at the micro and mezzo system levels of practice.  Prerequisites: SCWK 2331 and admission to the B.S.W. degree program.

SCWK 3333.  Social Work Research and Evaluation I.  3(3-0)

Principles and methods of evidence-based practice and research design in social work.  Emphasis is placed on the use of research findings to improve practice, policy, and social service delivery.  Prerequisites: SCWK 2331, admission to the B.S.W. degree program, and credit or registration in PSYC 3381 or SOCI 3381.

SCWK 3335.  Human Behavior in the Social Environment II.  3(3-0)

Includes the study of individuals as they biologically, psychologically, socially, culturally, and spiritually develop over the human life course within their environment.  Theories and research of human development within environmental context are critically evaluated as applications are made to social work practice.  Prerequisite: SCWK 3325.

SCWK 3339.  Social Welfare: Policy and Advocacy II.  3(3-0)

Critical analysis of the legislative process, policy analysis, and policy implementation in social work practice with an emphasis on client advocacy.  Prerequisites: SCWK 3329 and admission to the B.S.W. degree program.

SCWK 3341.  Social Work Practice II.  3(3-0)

Social work practice from a generalist perspective with emphasis on the acquisition of values, knowledge, and skills necessary for working with clients at the mezzo and macro system levels of practice.  Prerequisite: SCWK 3331 and admission to the B.S.W. degree program.

SCWK 3343.  Social Work Research and Evaluation II.  3(3-0)

Principles and methods of measurement and program evaluation in social work.  Emphasis is placed on measurement in program and practice evaluation to improve practice, policy, and social service delivery.  Prerequisites: SCWK 3333 and admission to the B.S.W. degree program.

SCWK 4306.  Selected Topics in Social Work.  3(3-0)

Literature and research in areas of social work not otherwise treated in depth in available courses.  May be repeated once as topics change.  Prerequisite: SCWK 2331.

SCWK 4311.  Principles of Youth and Family Social Work.  3(3-0)

Principles and methods of generalist social work with children, adolescents, and families across system levels and practice settings.  Prerequisite: SCWK 2331.

SCWK 4313.  Principles of Mental Health Social Work.  3(3-0)

Principles and methods of generalist social work in the area of mental health across system levels and practice settings.  Prerequisite: SCWK 2331.

SCWK 4315.  Principles of Health Social Work.  3(3-0)

Principles and methods of generalist social work in the area of health care across system levels and practice settings.  Prerequisite: SCWK 2331.

SCWK 4317.  Principles of Forensic Social Work.  3(3-0)

Principles and methods of generalist social work in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice across system levels and practice settings.  Prerequisite: SCWK 2331.

SCWK 4319.  Principles of Geriatric Social Work.  3(3-0)

Principles and methods of generalist social work in the area of gerontology across system levels and practice settings.  Prerequisite: SCWK 2331.

SCWK 4331.  The Social Work Profession II.  3(3-0)

Capstone course in social work, reinforcing students’ social work identity, life-long learning, and career development.  Includes the B.S.W. degree program exit exam, social work career development, licensure preparation, and emphasizes life-long learning.  A writing intensive course.  Prerequisites: SCWK 4641 and registration or credit in SCWK 4643.

SCWK 4386.  Directed Research in Social Work.  V:1-3

Individual instruction in supervised research experience in social work.  May entail library research, data collection, data entry, statistical analysis and/or assistance in planning and conducting parts of a research project.  A paper on the research experience is required.  May be repeated for a maximum of 3 semester credit hours.  Prerequisites: SCWK 3335, SCWK 3339, SCWK 3341, SCWK 3343, consent of the instructor, and admission to the B.S.W. degree program.

SCWK 4641.  Social Work Practicum I.  6(2-16)

First in a sequence of two field practicums.  Educationally directed and professionally supervised direct service activities providing practical experience in the application of social work values, knowledge, and skills acquired in social work foundation courses.  Two hundred (200) clock hours of field placement and a weekly seminar of two hours.  Prerequisites: SCWK 3335, SCWK 3339, SCWK 3341, SCWK 3343, good standing in the B.S.W. degree program, and permission of the Social Work Program Director and Field Education Coordinator.

SCWK 4643.  Social Work Practicum II.  6(2-16)

The second in a sequence of two field practicums.  Educationally directed and professionally supervised direct service activities providing practical experience in the application of social work values, knowledge, and skills acquired in social work foundation courses.  Two hundred (200) clock hours of field placement and a weekly seminar of two hours.  Prerequisites: SCWK 4641, good standing in the B.S.W. degree program, and permission of the Social Work Field Education Coordinator.

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