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The following is taken from the USF 2007-2009 Catalog, pp. 142-143

SWK 130 Introduction to Social Work An examination of the
social work profession and the institution of social welfare from
competing political perspectives within a historical and
contemporary context. This course introduces students to
concepts and ethical values that are unique to social work
practice; special attention is given to worker’s commitment to
social justice and advocacy efforts in behalf of vulnerable groups
and special populations. Students are required to complete 20
hours voluntary observational field experience in a social services
agency. (4 s.h.)

SWK 201 Addictions (Elective) This course is designed to provide basic knowledge regarding addictions. A basic assumption throughout the readings and exercises is that alcoholism and other addictions to illegal drugs, prescription drugs, food, nicotine, gambling, shopping, etc.) are caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. A second basic assumption is that prevention is better than a cure. In fact, for addiction there may be no cure, only remission; remission may occur from spiritual growth or through treatment. Treatment is a major focus of this course. In this course, the student will be introduced to a strengths perspective, an approach that also serves to bridge the gap between 12-step-based treatment model and harm reduction theory. (3 s.h.)

SWK 225 Crisis Intervention (Elective) This course focuses on the process used to help people in crisis to promote effective coping with emergencies in their life. Included are experiences with financial
need, rape, domestic violence, child abuse, suicide and emotional
disturbance. The course prepares students to serve on the
HELP!Line, an information and crisis telephone service of the
HELP!Line Center. The HELP!Line serves as a centralized point
of contact for individuals and organizations in the Sioux Falls
region. Volunteers assess, prevent and intervene in situations
where crisis intervention, listening, support, information and
referral are needed. The instruction is provided by a group of
human service professionals and takes place throughout a
weekend session (Friday evening and all day Saturday), six
evening sessions the following three weeks and an eight-hour
internship working with an experienced volunteer on the
telephone at the HELP!Line Center. Students are required to
volunteer eight hours per month for twelve months (or a total of
96 hours) on the HELP!Line after completion of the course.
Graded P/NC only. Offered both semesters. (1-2 s.h.)

SOC/PSY 233 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Introduction to statistical reasoning and the application of descriptive and inferential statistics to social and behavioral research. Prerequisites: MAT 112 or higher and PSY 201. (3 s.h.)

SWK 235 Family & Children’s Services (Elective) This course explores
the needs of children and their families, the major programs which
have been designed to serve them and the issues which are
involved. Services covered in the course include protective
services for abused and neglected children and their families,
home-based services, foster home and institutional care of
children and adoption. (3 s.h.)

SOC/PSY 250 Methods of Research Introduction to the systematic approach to understanding psychological and social phenomena. Problem formulation, hypothesis testing, sampling, and research design issues are covered as part of this problem-solving approach. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 233 or MAT 233. (3 s.h.)

SWK 251 International Social Work (Elective) This course explores challenges and opportunities available to the 21st Century professional in the global community. Students are guided through a critical analysis of the relationship between the world’s poor and wealthy nations. Special attention is given to social justice issues, ethical concerns, populations at risk, and the theological implications for the Christian professional. (3 s.h.)

SWK 275 Family Violence (Elective) Identification, diagnosis and
treatment processes utilized in the prevention and treatment of
family violence. Examination from medical, legal, psychological
and social perspectives emphasizes the need for participation of
the community in treating this problem. (3 s.h.)

SWK 302 Human Diversity See description under SOC 302 in the
Sociology Section, pg. 141. Prerequisite: SOC 201, 301, or
instructor approval. (3 s.h.) Fulfills the cultural awareness core
requirement.

SWK 309 Social Welfare Policy Analysis A historical analysis of
current United States social welfare policy and the impact of
policy on service delivery and social work practice. Attention will
be given to the national and international implications of the U.S.
social policy system. Prerequisites: SWK 341 and 342 (3 s.h.)

SWK 310 Organizations & Community Practice This course
focuses on macro practice of generalist social workers. It includes
knowledge, values and skills that social workers use to bring about
change in large systems such as organizations and communities.
Prerequisite SWK 341 and 342 (3.h.)

SWK 315 Legal Aspects of Human Services (Elective) The impact of
legislative and judicial decision-making upon the delivery of
human services is examined, along with the discretionary
authority granted to agencies that provide human service
programs. (3 s.h.)

SWK 330 History of Native American and White Relations (Elective) This is an anti-racism course focusing on understanding historical and current relations between White Americans and Native Americans, with an emphasis on Lakota/White relations as this course is taught in South Dakota. Inter-group theory will be a primary lens through which cross cultural contact will be examined. The course will emphasize cross cultural sensitivity rather than Lakota cultural competence. Lakota history, and Lakota culture will be part of the course, but those components will serve to better understand inter-group experience and racism. (3 s.h.)

SWK 341 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I An
exploration of theories, skills and professional values relevant to
social work intervention with individuals, families and small
groups. It includes and application of ecological, developmental,
systems, and diversity frameworks to generalist social work
practice. The course is designed to help students understand and
use empowerment and strengths-based practice. Prerequisite: PSY
201. (3 s.h.)

SWK 342 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II An
exploration of theories, skills and professional values relevant to
social work intervention with organizations, communities and
society at large. Special attention is given to understanding of
empowerment of vulnerable populations, and the use of a
strengths-based practice. Prerequisite: PSY 201. (3 s.h.)

SWK 346 Issues in Aging SocialWork (Elective) This special topic course is designed to expose the student to social work with elderly. The studies will encompass readings on skills and values necessary to work with elderly. The student will work four days a week at an assisted living facility and work under the supervision of a social worker. This course is designed to combine learning and practicing geriatric social work skills. (3 s.h.)

SWK 350 Qualitative Research (Elective) This is an applied qualitative research class. Students will be participating in field data gathering and analysis of field data in an on-going research project of the USF Social Work Dept. Admission to this course requires individual registration permission from the faculty teaching the course. Students will explore trends in qualitative research, different theoretical approaches underlying field research, and corresponding types of methodologies of data gathering and analysis. Students will apply their learning by participating in field research as research assistants. The bulk of course time will be spent in supervised field research rather than class room time. (3 s.h.)

SWK 361 Interviewing: Supervision & Teaching (Elective) This is a
course for selected senior Social Work students that provides an
opportunity to teach interviewing skills and supervise others.
Working in a small group laboratory, under supervision of an
instructor, students in this course teach, supervise, critique and
offer feedback to others who are studying interviewing
techniques. (1-3 s.h.)

SWK 362 Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families
This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and skills
needed to work directly with individuals and families. The
knowledge base includes comprehension of external and internal
forces that initiate, sustain and modify human behavior within the
individual and their environment; techniques for utilizing those
forces; and an organized approach to problem solving. This course
will build upon the student’s knowledge base of behavior and
environment to integrate empowerment and strengths-based
approaches and problem solving skills for generalist practice. To
gain experience relevant to various practice activities, the
client/social worker interview simulation, and its related
assignments, are a central part of this course. Prerequisites: SWK
340 and junior class standing. Offered spring semester. (4 s.h.)

SWK 363 Social Work Practice with Groups Generalist social work practice includes the application of an eclectic knowledge base, and professional values and skills to bring about change in many types of groups. This course will provide opportunities to explore theories about groups and practice competencies for generalist social workers working with groups, large and small. Co-requisites: SWK 340 and junior class standing. Offered fall semester. (3 s.h.)

SWK 390 Special Topics in Social Work (Elective - Varies) This is a series of courses on timely subjects of interest to departmental majors or other students. (3-6 s.h.)

SWK 398 Honors in Social Work (Honors Program) Interested students should apply to complete the Honors project through the Director of the Social Work Program no later than one academic year prior to their expected date of graduation. Students may enter this program by the invitation of the Social Work faculty or by application to and acceptance by the Social Work faculty. To be eligible, students must have a grade point average of 3.3 or greater in Social Work courses, as well as an overall grade point average of 3.0 or greater. Students will be asked to demonstrate capacity to produce independent scholarly or artistic work of the highest measure with accountability in the form of a comprehensive written exam and a professional paper presented to program faculty and defended by the student. (3-4 s.h.)

SWK 410 End-of-Life Seminar (Elective) This is an interprofessional seminar available to social work students and other professional programs from regional colleges and universities. It combines experiential learning in interdisciplinary teams. The focus of the seminar is to orient students to the dying process, highlight ways to improve end-of-life care for patients and families, and to foster an understanding of, and appreciation for, the interdisciplinary team approach to palliative care. Personal growth and selfexamination is an important component of this seminar. Prerequisites include junior/senior status and completion of SWK 362. (1 s.h.)

SWK 430 Field Instruction This is a required course for all social work majors. It involves a minimum of 480 hours of an educationally-directed field internship along with a field instruction seminar. The field instruction seminar meets weekly to discuss the integration of social work skills, knowledge and values. (12 s.h.)

SWK 491 Independent Study in Social Work (Elective) Individual study, research or group projects under supervision of Social Work faculty. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. (1-4 s.h.)
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies. . .a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children.”

Dwight David Eisenhower, President. “The Chance for Peace": delivered before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, 4/16/53

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