Social Work (SCWK)

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

SCWK 521.  Forensic Social Work   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as CJ 521. Introduction to and overview of the field of forensic social work. Course content focuses on the role of social workers in forensic arenas, and the issues related to recent practice trends, relevant theoretical frameworks, collaborative team roles, and multisystem interactions. Psychosocial and legal issues are explored, with particular focus on intersections with family and social services, education, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice, diversity and human rights. Prerequisite: 6 hours of social sciences.

SCWK 531.  Social Work Practice in Addictions   3 credit hours

Prepares students for social work practice in the field of substance abuse and to intervene effectively when working in other areas where addictions are a concern. Includes content on the epidemiology of alcoholism and drug addiction, intervention approaches and prevention, public policy toward the regulation of drugs and their consequences, and the treatment of chemical dependency among special populations. Included in the curriculum to fulfill requirements for the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) with the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB). The program requires an addiction treatment focused practicum. Interested students should be advised by the social work adviser assigned to this program. Replaces SCWK 610V effective fall 2013.

SCWK 532.  Pharmacology and Drug Classification in Social Work   3 credit hours

Prepares students for social work practice in the field of substance abuse and to intervene effectively when working in other areas where addiction may be a concern. It includes psychological, physiological and sociological effects of mood altering substances and behaviors and their implications for the addiction process. An emphasis on pharmacological effects of tolerance, dependency/withdrawal, cross addiction and drug addiction are covered. Understanding common patterns and causes of drug use among subcultures of diverse populations is included. Included in the curriculum to fulfill requirements for the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) with the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB). The program requires an addiction treatment focused practicum. Interested students should be advised by the social work adviser assigned to this program.

SCWK 541.  Women & Poverty   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Cross-listed as WOMS 541. Addresses the problem of poverty among women in the U.S. today, and examines existing and proposed public policies designed to alleviate the problem. Explores theoretical models of poverty policy analysis and the role of values in their formulation and implementation. Discusses issues of age, race and family; special attention is given to poverty among Kansas families. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: 6 hours of social science.

SCWK 542.  International Social Work   3 credit hours

Introduces the student to international social work and social welfare policy. Provides an overview of micro and macro practice outside of one's own culture and internationally that facilitates skill development in cross-cultural assessment and intervention at the individual, group and community levels. It includes a history of international social work, community and social development. Course examines social problems, policies, programs, services, and national and multinational responses as well as current trends in the global community.

SCWK 551.  Independent Studies   1-3 credit hours

Individual projects for social work students who are capable of doing independent work in areas of special interest. Repeatable for credit not to exceed 6 hours. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

SCWK 559.  Successful Aging: Theory, Research & Practice   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as AGE 559, PSY 559 and SOC 559. Reviews current interventions which promote successful aging. Theoretical bases of this work in biomedical and life span/developmental psychology are featured. Intended for students in the College of Health Professions, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Engineering. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: AGE 100, or PSY 111, or SCWK 201, or SOC 111.

SCWK 571.  Contemporary Issues and Perspectives: LGBTQ   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Cross-listed as WOMS 571. Explores contemporary issues within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. Explores personal attitudes regarding the social context for LGBTQ persons as well as other issues which have emerged as matters of concern and celebration with LGBTQ individuals and communities. Empowerment principles are employed and used to highlight a positive and affirming framework of the LGBTQ community. Students acquire basic skills in understanding issues of diversity and other contemporary conditions of life and culture. Course includes diversity content.

SCWK 572.  Social Work Practice with Families of Diverse Cultures   3 credit hours

Designed to introduce students to the global context of working with grandfamilies. Provides students with a working knowledge of the elements of diversity when working with grandfamilies (i.e. families where a grandparent(s) is raising their grandchildren). Course enhances students' knowledge, skills and ethics to contribute to more effective work with grandfamilies in general. Course includes diversity content.

SCWK 590.  Domestic Violence   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as WOMS 580J, CJ 381V and CJ 783F. Deals with the roots of domestic violence embedded in family roles, legal systems, religious beliefs, and the psychology of women, children and men. Also covers the consequences and prevention of family abuse. Includes discussion of literature and films. Course includes diversity content.

SCWK 591.  Sexual Assault Issues   1 credit hour

Cross-listed as WOMS 591. Explores the cultural myths and stereotypes about sexual assault, the legal system, methods of self-protection, community resources providing help for victims, and other related issues. Primary focus is on education to not only prevent, but eradicate sexual assault. Course includes diversity content. Repeatable for credit.

SCWK 610.  Topics In Social Work   1-3 credit hours

Selected topics in practice, policy, research and human behavior in the social environment within a selected field of social welfare. Covers specific topics identified by the program in consultation with majors, groups of community practitioners, and area service institutions. Repeatable. Prerequisite: instructor's or program consent.

SCWK 611.  Special Topics in Social Work   1-3 credit hours

Special topics in practice, policy, research and human behavior in the social environment within a selected field of social welfare. Covers specific topics identified by the program in consultation with majors, groups of community practitioners, and area service institutions. Repeatable. Prerequisite: instructor's or program consent.

SCWK 611K.  Social Work & Entrepreneurship   1-3 credit hours

Introductive course seeks to expand student awareness about the role of social workers as entrepreneurs within the nonprofit and for-profit environments. Examines nonprofit practices of economic empowerment and nonprofit enterprise. Presents opportunities for the social work profession to engage in entrepreneurial practices, including business plan development and grant writing. The contemporary landscape of social entrepreneurship & innovation is covered where new business models are focusing on social responsibilities.

SCWK 611Q.  Social Work in Sports   3 credit hours

Explores the role of social work practice in serving the holistic needs of an athlete while understanding their involvement in the culture of sport. Explores the vulnerabilities and resiliencies of individuals who participate in youth, secondary, collegiate and professional sports. Provides a foundation for professionals interested in social work practice in sporting environments and begins to prepare social workers to assist athletes at all levels and in various settings.

SCWK 611R.  Hip Hop & Social Justice   3 credit hours

Helps students move beyond the traditional classroom pedagogy and experience an inclusive and culturally competent approach to learning, synthesizing, and ultimately engaging in action. Critical evaluation occurs under the broad Hip Hop umbrella and involve music, literature, speech/language, culture, politics, stories and experiences as modes of expression. Ultimately creates an understanding of Hip Hop as a world view, a culture, and a part of the story of diversity.

SCWK 611S.  Understanding Contemporary State Insurance Resources   1 credit hour

Designed to introduce students to Medicaid in Kansas. Specific programs are defined and eligibility criteria presented. Current programs offering services to persons with physical disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, etc. are discussed. In addition, the course delves into ways current programs and services are impacted by a variety of factors. Participants are introduced to tools to prepare them in roles where they may assist consumers with Medicaid application completion, grievance/appeal processes as well as accessing services for eligible clients. Other areas of study include: a comparison of Medicare and Medicaid, an overview of client money obligations, value-added service options, and nursing home care/alternatives.

SCWK 700.  Foundations of Generalist Practice I   3 credit hours

Provides foundation content in the knowledge and skills for empowerment-based generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Includes professional role development, communication and interviewing theory, skill development in social work assessment, intervention and evaluation methods. Prerequisite: degree admission to MSW program. Corequisite: SCWK 720.

SCWK 702.  Foundations of Generalist Practice II   3 credit hours

Provides continued social work practice foundation content emphasizing developing generalist knowledge and skill at the group, organizational, community and societal levels. Emphasizes material on group process ,and organizational and community leadership in the development of a problem-solving model for work with systems of all sizes. Prerequisites: SCWK 700, degree admission to MSW program. Corequisite: SCWK 721.

SCWK 710.  Micro Human Behavior and the Social Environment   3 credit hours

Provides theories and knowledge of human bio-psycho-social development and functioning of individuals and families, and of the transaction between individuals and families and their environment. Presents theoretical perspectives on development over the life span and family functioning. Explores areas of universality and differences across gender, race, ethnicity, class, physical and mental ability, and sexual orientation. Prerequisite: degree admission to MSW program. Corequisite: SCWK 717.

SCWK 712.  Macro Human Behavior and the Social Environment   3 credit hours

Provides theories and content on organizational and community structure, dynamics and change, social movements, large groups and structural oppression, and provides a theory base for the contextualization of social work practice within diverse environments and macro systems. Emphasizes understanding the needs of minority communities and understanding change and empowerment strategies which further social justice in communities and organizations. Prerequisites: SCWK 710, degree admission to MSW program. Corequisite: SCWK 751.

SCWK 717.  Policy I: Social Welfare and Analysis   3 credit hours

Surveys social welfare institutions, emphasizing the strengths and weaknesses of programs within the context of the social problems they address. The comparison of these structures and provisions enables the development and use of frameworks for analyzing social policies and evaluating programs in light of the mission of the social work profession, the principles of social and economic justice, and the historical, economic and political factors which impinge on policy. Content on the effects of policy and social work practice includes the uses of professional roles in shaping the processes of policy formulation in agency and governmental arenas. Prerequisite: degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisite: SCWK 710.

SCWK 720.  Field Practicum I   4 credit hours

Placement in community social service agencies for supervised periods of observation and direct service assignments emphasizing development of basic practice knowledge and skills. Promotes an understanding of the social service agency and its role in the community service network. Corequisite: SCWK 700.

SCWK 721.  Field Practicum II   4 credit hours

Requires placement in community social service agencies for supervised periods of observation and direct service assignments emphasizing development of basic practice knowledge and skills. Promotes an understanding of the social service agency and its role in the community service network. Corequisite: SCWK 702.

SCWK 730.  Graduate Topics in Social Work   1-3 credit hours

Specialized instruction using a variable format in a social work relevant subject. Repeatable.

SCWK 731.  Social Work & The Law   3 credit hours

Students develop an integrated, advanced generalist framework for interdisciplinary, advanced generalist practice within a legal setting. Students develop a basic knowledge of the law, the roles social workers play within the legal system, and the issue of crime and social justice with respect to race and ethnicity. Students develop an understanding of how the law shapes and regulates social work practice and the actions of social workers and their clients alike. As legal and social problems are often interdependent, students develop skill in communicating with attorneys to enhance their effectiveness in resolving clients' problems.

SCWK 750.  Social Work Workshops   2-5 credit hours

Selected topics in practice, policy, research and human behavior in the social environment within a selected field of social welfare. Covers specific topics identified by the program in consultation with majors, groups of community practitioners and area service institutions. Repeatable for up to a total of 6 hours of credit.

SCWK 751.  Fundamentals of Social Work Research   3 credit hours

Introduces students to the components of quantitative and qualitative research methods and describes how research is designed to conduct studies which seek to improve social work practice. Introduces the basic concepts of the social work research process as well as the methods that are employed. Students develop a framework for critically evaluating (1) methods employed in current social work research, and (2) potential benefits of applying these research findings to social work practice. Prerequisite: degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisite: SCWK 712.

SCWK 760.  Advanced Generalist Practice Seminar I   1 credit hour

Builds on the graduate social work student's knowledge, experience and skills by integrating social work theory, values, ethics, methodology and literature. It is based in the generalist perspective and prepares students for the advanced generalist practice curriculum. This course is a prerequisite to all 800-level MSW core courses and must be completed in the summer before beginning the advanced generalist 800-level courses. Prerequisite: degree admission to the MSW program.

SCWK 799.  Directed Study   1-3 credit hours

Individual study with a focus developed in collaboration with a departmental faculty member. Allows students to pursue an area of special interest. Repeatable for up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

SCWK 800.  Thesis   1-3 credit hours

Thesis preparation.

SCWK 810.  Cultural Competency for Advanced Generalist Practice   3 credit hours

Examines the impact of culture, race and ethnicity on client/worker interactions. Presents practice theories and interventions for culturally competent advanced generalist practice with different populations. Emphasizes experiential learning of cultural competence skills to provide services cross-culturally. Prerequisites: SCWK 760 and degree admission to the MSW program.

SCWK 816.  Advanced Generalist Practice With Individuals   3 credit hours

Develops the advanced generalist practice competencies needed for intervention with individual clients. Evidence-based theories and practice intervention strategies are applied. Advanced generalist practice skills in work with clients from diverse backgrounds are developed, and critical thinking skills are enhanced in developing an advanced generalist practice perspective integrating individual clients with larger social systems. Prerequisites: SCWK 760, degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisites: SCWK 822, 851.

SCWK 817.  Policy II: Advocacy and Social Justice   3 credit hours

Provides students with advanced generalist skills, knowledge and ethics for advanced policy practice roles within social agencies, communities and political arenas. Examines the history, strategies and approaches to advocacy and policy/program planning and development. Students demonstrate advanced skills in working with communities and policy processes on multiple levels. Prerequisites: SCWK 760, degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisite: SCWK 833.

SCWK 821.  Advanced Generalist Summer Practicum Seminar   1-3 credit hours

Requires placement in a community social service agency for supervised periods applying direct and indirect practice. Provides students the opportunity to integrate and apply advanced generalist practice theory within their field experience. Students are required to demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in practice, research and evaluation across multi-level systems. Requires up to 100 hours of practicum service during the summer semester. Course counts as 1 credit hour toward required MSW program electives. Prerequisite: SCWK 760 and approval by practicum office.

SCWK 822.  Field Practicum III   4 credit hours

Placement in community social service agencies for supervised periods applying direct and indirect practice. Provides students the opportunity to integrate and apply advanced generalist practice theory within their field experience. Students are required to demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in practice, research and evaluation across multi-level systems. Requires 350 hours of agency service. Prerequisites: SCWK 760, degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisites: SCWK 816, 851.

SCWK 823.  Field Practicum IV   4 credit hours

Continuation of SCWK 822. Requires 350 hours of agency service. Prerequisites: SCWK 760, 822, degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisites: SCWK 860, 899.

SCWK 832.  Social Work Practice in the Schools   3 credit hours

Conveys an understanding of systematic intervention in schools using various intervention modalities. Focuses on the roles of social workers in schools, including provision of direct service, consultation, advocacy, program development and evaluation, as well as liaison functions with families and community systems. Students integrate an understanding of child development, familial and school crises that affect child development and the importance of the social worker/parent relationship. For graduate students only.

SCWK 833.  Advanced Generalist Practice with Families and Groups   3 credit hours

Develops the advanced generalist practice competencies needed for intervention with families and groups. Evidence-based theories and practice intervention strategies are applied. Advanced generalist practice skills in work with families and groups from diverse backgrounds are developed, and critical thinking skills are enhanced in developing an advanced generalist practice perspective integrating families and group client systems with larger social systems. Prerequisites: SCWK 760, degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisite: SCWK 817.

SCWK 840.  Advanced Graduate Topics in Social Work   1-3 credit hours

Specialized instruction using a variable format in an advanced social work relevant subject. Repeatable.

SCWK 840P.  Social Work Practice using Biofeedback   3 credit hours

Introduction to the use of biofeedback and neurofeedback. Covers the history of biofeedback, overview of learning theories, research methods, and stress and bio-psycho-social models of stress and illness. Covers the principles of self-regulation, mind-body interaction, the basics of instrumentation and treatment applications, and professional ethical conduct in the helping professions.

SCWK 840Q.  Mindfulness and Physical Activity   1-3 credit hours

Explores the use of mindfulness and physical activities in social work practice. Students learn about the importance of using mindfulness and physical activity to promote self care as well as client care. Explores mindfulness and physical activity from a holistic approach which includes the intersection of mind, body, and spirit through a variety of mental and physical exercises which can be incorporated in individual and group practices.

SCWK 851.  Applied Social Work Research   3 credit hours

Prepares students to be ethical practitioners who assess the benefits of social work interventions on an ongoing basis. Because of the importance of evaluation in social work, students develop the research skills needed to evaluate their own practice, conduct program evaluations, use the computer as a research tool, and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisites: SCWK 760, degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisites: SCWK 816, 822.

SCWK 860.  Advanced Generalist Practice Administrating Organizations and Communities   3 credit hours

Develops the advanced generalist practice competencies needed for administrative and supervisory intervention with organizations and communities. Evidence-based theories and practice intervention strategies are applied. Provides advanced generalist practice skills in administrating, leading and managing organizations, and intervening with diverse communities. Prerequisites: SCWK 760, 816, degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisites: SCWK 823, 899.

SCWK 870.  Clinical Assessment for Advanced Generalist Practice   3 credit hours

Uses a bio-psycho-social perspective to understand problematic patterns of functioning identified as diagnoses in the DSM 5. Students critically examine the DSM 5 as a basis for social work assessment and learn its use within an advanced generalist practice perspective. Prerequisite: program consent.

SCWK 899.  Advanced Generalist Practice Seminar II   1 credit hour

Requires students to apply advanced generalist practice skills and knowledge to an integrative project. The project demonstrates mastery of the competencies required of an advanced generalist practitioner. Graduating students are required to develop and present their completed projects in a public forum. Prerequisites: SCWK 760, degree admission to the MSW program. Corequisites: SCWK 823, 860.