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Social Work

Courses

Carthage’s professional social work curriculum equips students with knowledge, values and skills necessary for generalist practice. Through required field experiences, the department provides students with supervised opportunity to master the requisite competencies in actual practice situations. Scroll down to read descriptions of the social work courses offered at Carthage, or click on the following links for additional resources.

  • SWK 2200

    Child Welfare Policy and Practice

    4cr
    Examination of the economic, social, and political responses to children's policies and the American welfare system from private, voluntary, and government agencies.
    Fall

  • SWK 2210

    Family Violence

    4cr
    This course is an overview of family violence. Particular attention will be given to groups that have been disproportionately affected by family violence, namely women, older adults, and children. Emerging knowledge related to violence in gay and lesbian families, minority families, and special populations will be included.
    Prerequisites: SOC 1000 and PYC 1500
    Spring

  • SWK 2250

    Communicating with Hispanic Client Systems

    4cr
    The focus of this course is on the development of ethical and effective communication with client systems in a manner that addresses the complexities of cultural and individual identity, religious, and spiritual beliefs, as well as the differences related to age, economic class, geographical and national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and levels of disability.
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the SWK program and four semesters of Spanish.

  • SWK 2300

    Contemporary Social Work Practice

    4cr
    This course provides the student with awareness of the scope of the social work profession. Students explore their interest in pursuing social work as a profession and identify how to begin to conduct oneself as a professional. Course includes 32 hours of voluntary field experience.
    Prerequisite: SOC 1000 or PYC 1500
    Fall/Spring

  • SWK 2400

    Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SOC)

    4cr
    This course will focus on human development and behavior across the life span with a particular focus on how people interact with, adapt to, and are constrained by, the world around them. Specifically, we will examine the impact of systems and structures of oppression on human development and well being. Using an anti-oppression lens, this course focuses on bodies of knowledge and theory that help to explain the intimate and extended contexts that shape human development and the complex interactions between person and context. Content on individuals, families, groups, organizations,communities, culture, social structure, and political and economic forces will be covered. This course has a service learning component that will allow students to deepen their understanding of concepts learned in class by applying them in real-world settings.
    Prerequisites: PYC 1500 and SOC 1000
    Fall/Spring

  • SWK 2500

    Engaging Multicultural Students and Families

    4cr
    This course will examine the relationship between schools, families, and communities with a particular emphasis on human diversity in urban environments. Students will explore the diverse range of backgrounds of children who comprise today's school population, family structures from yesterday to today, schools as social institutions, and schools in their broader contexts, and examine methods, policies, and practices that would lead to improved school, family, and community relationships.
    Prerequsite: SOC 1000 or EDU 1010

  • SWK 3000

    Social Welfare Research (SOC)

    4cr
    An introduction to the methods of social science research. Emphasis on research consumership and on practical experience in gathering, organizing, and analyzing data.
    Prerequisite: SSC 2330 or MTH 1050
    Fall/Spring

  • SWK 3100

    Social Welfare Policy Analysis (SOC)

    4cr
    Study of the past, present, and possible future of social welfare programming with an emphasis on the general process of policy making, including the interaction of social, economic, and political influences. The course will include critical analysis of several specific social welfare issues and problems.
    Prerequisite: SWK 2300
    Spring

  • SWK 3200

    Social Work Practice I

    4cr
    Beginning study of the generalist method of social work intervention with emphasis on the acquisition of professional practice skills in engagement, data collection, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and termination. Students spend 52 hours in volunteer work.
    Prerequisites: SWK 2300 and 2400
    Fall/Spring

  • SWK 3300

    Social Work Practice II

    4cr
    This is the second course in the three-course generalist practice sequence required for the social work major and is designed to provide opportunities for students to apply and integrate previous course learning in the development of their social work practice skills. This course will provide social work majors with opportunities to deepen the development of their social work practice by using bodies of knowledge from anti-oppressive, critical social work, and ethical decision-making frameworks. Students will develop more complex and theory-informed practice applications with individuals, groups, and families.
    Fall/Spring

  • SWK 4200

    Social Work Practice III

    4cr
    Advanced study of generalist social work intervention with agencies and community systems with emphasis on the acquisition of values, knowledge, and practice skills. Requires 52 hours of volunteer field experience.
    Prerequisite: SWK 3300
    Fall

  • SWK 4300

    Integrative Seminar

    4cr
    Weekly seminar to integrate and synthesize social work theory and practice through a critical review of professional ethics. Students will complete their Senior Project in this course.
    Prerequisites: SWK 4200 and concurrent enrollment in SWK 4610 and 4620
    Spring

  • SWK 4610

    Social Work Field Placement I

    4cr
    Field instruction under the supervision of an MSW in a social service agency for 250 hours. Application of generalist skills to provide services to individuals, groups, families, and communities.
    Prerequisites: SWK 3000, SWK 3100, SWK 4200 and concurrent enrollment in SWK 4620 and SWK 4300.
    Spring

  • SWK 4620

    Social Work Field Placement II

    4cr
    Field instruction under the supervision of an MSW in a social service agency for 250 hours. Application of generalist skills to provide services to individuals, groups, families, and communities.
    Prerequisites: SWK 3000, SWK 3100, SWK 4200, and concurrent enrollment in SWK 4300 and SWK 4610
    Spring

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