Social Work (SOWK)

SOWK 201  - Introduction to Social Work Profession and Social Welfare  (3 Credits)  

Introduces the social work profession and its mission, purposes, principles, and values. Components of generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations are reviewed.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service

SOWK 222  - Social Welfare Institutions, Policies, and Programs  (3 Credits)  

Explores the historical and current context of local and national social welfare policies and programs and their relationship to the social work profession. The historical and current context of local and national social welfare policies and programs and their relationship to the social work profession.

Carolina Core: GSS

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service

SOWK 303  - Social Welfare Services for Children and Youth  (3 Credits)  

Social welfare services available to children and youth and the referral processes involved.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101, or SOCY 101, or SOWK 201.
SOWK 304  - Social Welfare Services to Older Adults and Their Families  (3 Credits)  

Social welfare services available to families, ranging from counseling services to specialized services for aged citizens.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SOCY 101 or SOWK 201.
SOWK 305  - Social Welfare Services for Women and Minorities  (3 Credits)  

Social welfare services available to women and minorities and the forces that shape these services.

Prerequisites: C or better in PSYC 101, or SOCY 101, or SOWK 201.

Cross-listed course: WGST 306

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service, GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy

SOWK 307  - International Social Work and Social Justice  (3 Credits)  

This course provides a framework for understanding social work and social justice issues with an emphasis on vulnerable populations in the areas of survival, protection, and promotion of human rights in China, India, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101, or SOCY 101, or SOWK 201.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy, GLD: Global Learning

SOWK 309  - Life Transitions: Loss and Grief  (3 Credits)  

This course will examine the grief and loss process that is part of everyday life. This course surveys the knowledge and skills of human service practice with people as they cope with life transitions.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101, or SOCY 101, or SOWK 201.
SOWK 311  - Generalist Practice I: Introduction to Social Work Practice  (3 Credits)  

An educationally focused community service experience and seminar that emphasizes socialization into the profession of social work.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service

SOWK 312  - Generalist Practice II: Social Work with Individuals and Families  (3 Credits)  

Provides knowledge and skills necessary for generalist social work practice with individuals and families using person and environment, strengths, and resiliency perspectives with diverse populations.

Prerequisites: SOWK 311.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOWK 342.
SOWK 322  - Social Policy Analysis  (3 Credits)  

Knowledge, values, and skills for social work practitioners to analyze the political and ideological factors and outcomes of policy development, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy.

Prerequisites: SOWK 201, SOWK 222.
SOWK 331  - Diversity and Social Justice in Contemporary Society  (3 Credits)  

Builds cultural competency through awareness, understanding, and skill necessary for proactive functioning in our diverse society with populations considered vulnerable and oppressed.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy, GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Leadership Experiences

SOWK 341  - Human Behavior and Social Environment I (HBSE): Individual Development Across the Life Span  (3 Credits)  

To enhance students' understanding of theories of individual development across the lifespan through various perspectives and within different cultural and sociological contexts. This includes knowledge of biological, psycho-social, and spiritual development.

Prerequisites: SOWK 201.
SOWK 352  - Social Work and Scientific Inquiry  (3 Credits)  

Foundational knowledge and skills for scientific inquiry and the use of quantitative and qualitative research to inform evidence-based practice.

Prerequisites: SOWK 201, SOWK 222 and select one course from the following: STAT 201 or higher, PSYC 227 or SOCY 220.
SOWK 360  - Refuge and Refugees  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students with foundational knowledge about forced migration and the institutions of humanitarian aid that address forced migration. Students will learn about global theories of forced migration, humanitarian aid policy, empirical studies of humanitarian aid, refugee resettlement, and displacement, and evaluate biographies and literature on forced migration.

SOWK 368  - Special Topics in Social Work  (3 Credits)  

An in-depth study of selected issues and social concerns related to being a generalist social worker. Content varies by title.

SOWK 382  - Introduction to Field Education  (3 Credits)  

An initial supervised field education experience in a human service agency under the supervision of a field instructor.

Prerequisites: SOWK 311.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service

Experiential Learning: Experiential Learning Opportunity

SOWK 399  - Independent Study  (3 Credits)  

Requires permission of the department.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Research

SOWK 404  - Current Issues in Social Welfare  (3 Credits)  

A project-type study of selected issues, social concerns, and applications of behavioral implications for practice. May be repeated for credit when the topics covered or subject matter is different.

SOWK 411  - Generalist Practice III: Social Work with Small Groups  (3 Credits)  

Knowledge, values, and skills essential for generalist social work practice with treatment and task groups across systems of all sizes. An emphasis is given to group practice interventions with diverse, vulnerable, and at-risk populations.

Prerequisites: C or better in SOWK 312.
SOWK 412  - Generalist Practice IV: Organizations and Communities  (3 Credits)  

Foundational knowledge, values, and skills essential for generalist practice with larger systems, organizations, and communities.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOWK 441.
SOWK 422  - Advocacy for Social and Economic Justice  (3 Credits)  

Knowledge and skills embedded in values of social and economic justice for all people across systems of all sizes that are essential in generalist practice.

Prerequisites: SOWK 322.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service, GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy, GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Leadership Experiences

SOWK 441  - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) III: Large Systems  (3 Credits)  

Examining how individuals and families are affected by, and affect, larger social systems.

SOWK 481  - Practicum I: Field Education  (3 Credits)  

Application of skills and theories taught in the classroom in a controlled and planned setting.

Corequisite: SOWK 483.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOWK 322.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Internships

SOWK 482  - Practicum II: Field Education  (3 Credits)  

Further application of the generalist social work skills and theories taught in the classroom in a controlled and planned setting.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SOWK 412, SOWK 422, SOWK 484.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Internships

SOWK 483  - Practicum Seminar  (3 Credits)  

Taken with the field practicum, this seminar facilitates student's integration of generalist practice knowledge with practice in a field agency.

Prerequisites: SOWK 382.
Corequisite: SOWK 481.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Internships

SOWK 484  - Capstone  (3 Credits)  

Competent generalist social work practice demands integration of a wide range of theories, knowledge, skills, and values. This course is designed to draw on all previous courses and to engage students in integrating and applying all that they have learned.

Corequisite: SOWK 482.
SOWK 668  - Special Topics in Social Work  (1-3 Credits)  

Study of special populations, settings, and/or problems encountered by social workers and other human service professionals, and interventions and skills for dealing with them. May be repeated as content varies by title.

SOWK 678  - Transforming Health Care for the Future  (1 Credit)  

Foundation for beginning health professions students to gain an understanding of the complexities of the health care system through experiential activities conducted in interprofessional teams and the importance of interprofessional collaboration in order to improve the system.

Cross-listed course: PUBH 678

SOWK 679  - Addressing Childhood Obesity through Community Approaches  (2 Credits)  

Approaches for prevention of childhood obesity, using perspectives from public health, social work, exercise science, pharmacy, medicine, and behavioral nutrition. Training to teach diet/physical activity lessons in elementary school settings.

Cross-listed course: HPEB 679