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S W 300 : U.S. Social Welfare: Past, Present, and Future

Prerequisites: Junior standing; successful completion of introductory courses in human biology, economics, psychology, sociology, or consent of instructor.
Description: Welfare institution viewed as societal responses to certain social needs. Social work profession and its involvement in the delivery of welfare services.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 301 GW : U.S. Social Welfare II: Problems, Policies, and Programs - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 with a grade of C- or better; S W 300, or consent of instructor.
Description: Social problems in relation to policies and programs that determine available services. Input of government, voluntary associations, and consumer groups. (ABC/NC only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 302 : Introduction to Social Service Organizations

Prerequisites: Junior standing; successful completion of introductory courses in human biology and economics.
Description: Function, structure, and activities of social service organizations in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic urban environment. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 350 : Services to Children, Youth, and Their Families

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Policies, programs, and practices impacting services to children, youth, and their families. Public child welfare at state, national, and international levels.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Children in Families and Society
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 352 : Gender, Sexism, and Social Welfare

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Sex role stereotyping in the policies, practices, and organization of social welfare institutions; practice of social workers.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 400 : Social Work Practice I

Prerequisites: Junior standing. Must be taken concurrently with S W 300.
Description: Seminar in the systems with which the practitioner must deal and the changing nature of the practitioner's relationships with each of these systems.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 401 : Social Work Practice II

Prerequisites: Completion of S W 400.
Description: Forming, maintaining, and coordinating action systems; differential ways of influencing systems in various phases of the change process; terminating change efforts.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 402 : Interviewing Skills in Social Work

Prerequisites: S W 400.
Description: Interviewing skills required of a social worker. Intake, informational, assessment, and interviews with families or groups.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 410 : Human Development and the Social Services

Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Description: Relation of human development and behavior from conception through old age to the functions of social service agencies in dealing with life crises.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 450 : Introduction to Research in Social Work

Prerequisites: S W 301 or 401 or consent of instructor.
Description: The scientific method and its application to social work, the practitioner as consumer and contributor to social research.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 456 : Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action

Prerequisites: S W 400, S W 401, and S W 402, or consent of instructor.
Description: History and current developments in community organization in the city. Principles and strategies of developing citizen action organizations. Role of community organizing and citizen participation in urban social programs. (Cross listed with USP 456. May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 470 : Social Differences and Social Work Practice

Prerequisites: S W 300 and 400.
Description: Class, ethnicity, age, culture, religion, and disability, and their relationship to social work. Development of skills to work with populations different from oneself.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 502 : Seminar on Field Experience I

Prerequisites: All junior year Social Work courses. Must be taken concurrently with S W 503.
Description: Analysis of field experiences utilizing social work theory and behavioral science concepts. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 503 : Field Experience in the Social Services I

Prerequisites: All junior year Social Work courses and consent of field director. Must be taken concurrently with S W 502.
Description: Field experience in a community social agency. May be repeated twice. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 504 : Seminar on Field Experience II

Prerequisites: All junior year Social Work courses, satisfactory completion of S W 502 and S W 503. Must be taken concurrently with S W 505.
Description: Analysis of field experiences utilizing behavioral concepts. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 505 : Field Experience in the Social Services II

Prerequisites: All junior year Social Work courses, satisfactory completion of S W 502 and 503, and consent of field director. Must be taken concurrently with S W 504.
Description: Field experience in a community social agency. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 660 : The Roles of Non-profit Organizations in Urban Life

Prerequisites: Senior standing.
Description: Analysis of non-profit organizations in social services: the arts, housing, environmental and community advocacy. The role of the board, laws, consumers and donors, income, volunteers, and decision-making. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) This course is offered as S W 660, PLSI 660, and USP 660. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Making Cities Humane
Units: 3

S W 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair.
Description: Supervised study of a particular problem selected by the student in consultation with the adviser.
Units: 1-3

S W 700 : History and Philosophy of Social Welfare

Prerequisites: None
Description: History of social welfare policies and services in the U.S. Political, economic, social, legal, and cultural contexts of social policy analyzed in terms of future implications. Applications to and implications for diversity.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 701 : Social Policy Analysis

Prerequisites: S W 700.
Description: Models and frameworks to analyze social policy. New policy/program directions and action plans.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 710 : Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Prerequisites: None
Description: Human development and social services through the life cycle. Current social services and unserved needs identified at each stage of life with emphasis on oppressed groups.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 720 : Research Methods in Social Work

Prerequisites: S W 450 or equivalent and completion of first semester of graduate social work program.
Description: Role of research in the development of social work theory and practice. Methods of data collection, processing, and analysis.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 721 : Seminar: Evaluative Research in Social Work

Prerequisites: S W 720.
Description: Design, execution, and analysis of evaluative research designs, methods, and strategies in social welfare.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 730 : Social Work Practice Methods

Prerequisites: None
Description: Concepts and processes of urban generalist practice. Development of skills relevant to the needs and aspirations of oppressed individuals, groups, and communities.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 740 : Fieldwork Instruction

Prerequisites: consent of field director. Must be taken concurrently with S W 741.
Description: Introduction to fieldwork and the professional nature of social work practice. Orientation, referral, and placement of students into social service agencies. CR/NC grading only. May be repeated for a total of 10 units.
Units: 2-3

S W 741 : Graduate Fieldwork Seminar

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with S W 740.
Description: Evaluative seminar to analyze field experiences. Conducted by faculty field liaison and with agency field supervisor input. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 760 : Social Work and the Law

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Social change through the judicial, legislative, and executive processes. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 770 : Ethnic and Cultural Concept and Principles I

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Principles, concepts, theories, and frameworks that address human diversity and affect the local, national, and international contexts of practice, especially as they relate to populations that have been historically disenfranchised, oppressed, under-served/represented, and marginalized. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 771 : Ethnic and Cultural Concepts and Principles II

Prerequisites: S W 770.
Description: Critical analysis and evaluation of diverse social work intervention methods at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Innovative and culturally relevant interventions, in local, national and international contexts, to address service needs of historically disenfranchised, oppressed, under-served/represented, and marginalized populations. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 780 : Global Poverty

Prerequisites: SW 770.
Description: Examination of perspectives on causes of poverty and theoretical frameworks that inform anti-poverty programs; measures and indicators of poverty throughout the world. Application of a "poverty aware" approach to individual practice, and methods of using community organizing to design of anti-poverty programs. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 800 : Planning and Program Development

Prerequisites: S W 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Planning and program development of human service organizations. Needs assessing, analyzing, management planning and programming, marketing, fundraising, and grant writing. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 801 : Change Strategies and Professional Values

Prerequisites: S W 700.
Description: Social work as a profession in relation to social change; effect changes have on present and future relationships. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 810 : Health, Illness, and Disordered Behavior

Prerequisites: S W 710.
Description: Seminar examining health, illness, disability, stress reactions, and psychopathology with implications for social work practice. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 811 : Seminar: Organizations, Institutions, and Communities

Prerequisites: S W 710.
Description: Organizational theories that relate to social service bureaucracies in public and private sectors. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 820 : Seminar: Advanced Research Methodology in Social Work

Prerequisites: S W 720.
Description: Research applied to the design of projects: human subjects protocol and use of computers for research.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 830 : Seminar: Social Casework

Prerequisites: S W 730.
Description: Methods of helping individuals cope with personal and social problems.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 831 : Seminar: Advanced Social Casework

Prerequisites: S W 830.
Description: Use of relationships and the formulations of psycho-social diagnosis; adaptation of the process to traditional and non-traditional social casework. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 832 : Seminar: Social Group Work

Prerequisites: S W 730.
Description: Small group behavior; social work interventions required for improving relationships within groups.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 835 : Theories, Methods, and Strategies for Social Action and Change

Prerequisites: S W 730.
Description: Theoretical, methodological, and strategic bases for social action and change at mezzo, macro, and international levels. Processes and how changes are initiated, adopted, legitimized, established, maintained, and institutionalized. Power, control, and resistance in context of social and economic justice. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 836 : Social Action and Change for Economic and Social Justice

Prerequisites: S W 835.
Description: Select, plan, organize, implement, and evaluate social action and change approaches to achieve social and economic justice, especially for historically oppressed, underrepresented, and underserved populations. Culturally appropriate, sensitive, and effective methods for organizing and implementing social action/change in international context. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 840 : Wellness, Recovery and Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Social Work and Mental Health

Prerequisites: S W 810 or mental health experience and consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of concepts and practices of wellness, recovery, psychosocial rehabilitation and system transformation in community mental health. Critical review of diagnostic and treatment issues, disability, healing, and services throughout lifespan. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)This course is offered as S W 840 and COUN 840. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 842 : Social Work with the Aged

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Social work practice with older people and their families. Policy issues, program design, and the nature of practice in the field of aging. (formerly cross listed with GRN 730. Not open to students who have completed GRN 730.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 843 : Child Welfare Practice with Children and Families

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Public child welfare systems. Assessment and intervention with children who have been or are at risk of being abused or neglected, and their families. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 850 : Human Services Administration I

Prerequisites: S W 730 or consent of instructor.
Description: Features that shape social work: policy organization, management, coordination, interpretation, and financing; supervision as an administrative-teaching process and managerial function. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 855 : Seminar: Current Issues in Social Work

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated for a total of 6 units when topics vary.
Units: 1-4

S W 855 : Social Work Education, Professionalism and Practice

Prerequisites: Cconcurrent enrollment in first year social work foundation courses.
Description: Social work education and practice; profession's code of ethics and values shaping the profession, including social justice and equity. Tools for research and practice include APA guides and cognitive levels. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 862 : Child Welfare Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of major issues in the provision of public and publicly funded child welfare services. Examination of preventive, supportive, and substitute programs for children/families; changing urban family roles, cultural-racial-class factors, effective development, and children's rights. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 864 : Human Services Administration II

Prerequisites: S W 880.
Description: Management theory applied to public human service agencies. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 865 : Social Work Practice in School Settings

Prerequisites: Graduate status and S W 730. Must be taken concurrently with S W 740 and S W 741.
Description: Focus is on school social work as part of an interdisciplinary approach to resolving school-related problems, and on social workers as facilitators and advocates in aiding students, families, schools, and communities to achieve educational goals.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

S W 880 : Computer Technology and Human Services

Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in S W 850.
Description: Computer technology applied to management of social service agencies. Concepts, skills, and tools that can be utilized to manage information systems in social service agencies. Classwork, 1 unit; laboratory, 1 unit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

S W 890 : Integrative Seminar

Prerequisites: Fourth or final semester of 2-year MSW program. Must have submitted approved ATC.
Description: Application of the five core competencies (direct practice, policy, community organization, human behavior, and research) to practice systems. CR/NR only.
Units: 3

S W 895 : Research Projects in Social Work

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC; RP grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC; RP grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

S W 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: None
Description: An intensive study of a particular problem in social work under direction of a member of the social work faculty. Open only to students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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