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2012-13 social work courses

240 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (3). F and S. An introduction to the profession of social work and the field of social welfare. Attention is given to the development of social welfare as a social institution, including the development of philosophies, values, and attitudes, which influence the theory, policy, and practice of social work. Practice settings, professional roles, and value and ethical issues are also considered to increase awareness of the profession and aid students in considering social work as a career.

250 Diversity and Inequality in the United States (3). F and S. This course analyzes the social meanings of our various identities (i.e., race-ethnicity, class, and gender); how these identities affect our self-concepts; and the impact of these identities upon our social and societal relationships. The primary objectives of this course are to study the social definitions of gender, race, and class; to examine the impact of these social constructs on human behavior, identity, and interactions with other persons; to develop a sociological understanding of the nature of structured inequality, and patterns of discrimination; to become familiar with social-scientific methods appropriate for the studying of diversity and inequality; and to understand the promise and challenge of biblical reconciliation for seeing ourselves as image bearers of God and for easing the social tensions associated with diversity and inequality in the United States.

255 Social Science Statistics (4). F and S. This course is an introduction to statistics and computer application in one of the social sciences. Concepts and procedures taught include levels of measurement, measures of central tendency, correlation techniques, probability theory, and hypothesis tests. This course is intended to meet the core Mathematics requirement for students with declared majors in Sociology and Social Work. Sociology and Social Work majors usually take this course in the sophomore or junior year. Prerequisites: An introductory course in one of the social sciences (e.g., Sociology 151 or Psychology 151) and meeting the Calvin admission requirement in mathematics.

260 Global Issues and Perspectives (3). F and S. This course explores the meaning of global citizenship and how it relates to an international perspective on social work action.  Incorporating an understanding of the history of international social work and a commitment to the values and ethics consistent with the profession of social work, this course critically looks at social justice issues facing the global community and the field of international social work such as international migration, human trafficking, international adoption, world poverty, and public health.  It will provide students with a better understanding of global issues and their impact on practice and policy at all levels. 

320 Social Research. (3). F and S. See Sociology 320 for description. Prerequisites: Sociology 151 and Social Work 240 and 255.

350 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (4). F and S. A study of the person in her/his environment using a systems-based ecological model of human behavior. Knowledge about persons as biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual creatures is integrated as the “person” is followed through the life cycle. Theoretical frameworks from prerequisite courses are integrated to enable students to assess micro and macro influences on human behavior. Prerequisites: Biology 115, English 101, Psychology 151, Sociology 151, and Social Work 240 and 250.

360 Social Welfare Policy Analysis (3). F and S. A value-critical analysis and evaluation of social welfare policies and programs as responses to defined social problems in their historical, political, and economic contexts. Students examine the role of the direct provider of social services as a policy practitioner. Prerequisites: history core, SSNA core and cognate, and Social Work 240.

370 The Helping Interview (3). F and S. A course to teach students the basic skills necessary to conduct a helping interview. Students participate in videotaped role plays. The course also contains contextual material about ethical issues, a Christian view of relationship and interviewing, and interviewing people from different backgrounds. Prerequisites: Social Work 240 and 350 (or concurrent enrollment).

371 Generalist Practice With Individuals, Families, and Groups (4). F. A study of generalist social work practice within an ecological and problem solving context. This course focuses on practice skills, interventions, and issues with individuals, families, and groups. Special attention is given to working with clients from different backgrounds. Prerequisite: Social Work 320, 350, 360. and 370.

372 Generalist Practice With Organizations and Communities (3). F and S. A study of generalist social work practice skills, interventions, and issues with organizations and communities. Prerequisite: Social Work 371, or concurrent enrollment in Social Work 371.

380 Social Work Field Education (5-F, 5-S). F, I, and S. Students are placed in a community agency (minimum of 400 hours) under the supervision of a professional social worker. Students will engage in several social work roles and activities to continue to develop the knowledge, skills and values of generalist social work practice. Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in Social Work 371, admission to the BSW program, and satisfactory completion of the practicum admission process.

381 Social Work Capstone Seminar. (4). F and S. This course requires students to integrate the content of courses in the social work major and a Christian worldview.. Students draw on core concepts and principles from the profession and from the Christian faith as they discuss issues associated with professional role and identity. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW program, and satisfactory completion of the field education admission process.

390 Independent Study.