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Social Work (SOWK)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

1001. Intellectual Community in Social Work. 3. [(none)<>I, L] Provides a theoretical examination of the mechanisms of oppression. Content focuses on individual, group, and societal functioning. Also provides an introduction to the profession of social work and a foundation in information literacy. Prerequisites: none.

1002. Intellectual Community: The Social Work Profession. 3. [(none)<>I, L] Provides an introduction to the purpose and philosophy of social work. Content focuses on various roles that social workers play and the ethical dilemmas they encounter. Also provides an introduction to developing research questions in social work and the problem solving method. Prerequisites: none.

1050. Topics: Social Work. 1-6. Various topics in social work.

1900. Women and Leadership. 3. [(none)<>O, L] Students examine theoretical, historical, and cultural aspects of leadership, values in leadership, gender differences in leadership styles, and practical applications of leadership skills through oral communication and information literacy. Individual and collaborative work is expected. Cross listed with WMST 1900. Prerequisites: one course in women's studies.

2000 [3000]. Introduction to Social Work. 3. Introduces social work and social welfare through an overview of the history, philosophy, ethics, values, methods, and fields of practice to generalist social work. Prerequisites: none.

3530. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I. 3. Covers theories and knowledge of human bio-psycho-social-spiritual development and social interactions within a systems framework. Introduces theories of individuals and families and their development. Paradigms of culture, marginalization and oppression are examined. Prerequisite: admitted social work major status.

3540. Human Behavior and Social Environment II. 3. Covers theories and knowledge of human bio-psycho-social-spiritual  development and social interactions within a systems framework, with a focus on groups, communities, organizations and institutions. Prerequisites: SOWK 3530 with a C or better and admitted social work major status.

3630. Generalist Social Work Practice I, Individuals and Families. 3. Introduces generalist social work practice at all systems' levels, with focus on individuals and families. It covers the nature of social work practice, theoretical perspectives, ethics and values, engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation processes and skills. Prerequisite: admitted social work major status.

3640. Generalist Social Work Practice II, Groups. 3. Focuses on group work within the generalist social work perspective, covering theoretical perspectives, ethics and values, and engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills applied to task and treatment groups. Prerequisites: SOWK 3630 and 3530 with a C or better and admitted major status.

3645. Ethical Social Work Practice. 3. Focuses on the ethical principles that undergird the practice of social work, addresses how to practice ethically, and explores the process of ethical decision-making. Social work practice with various client systems will be considered, as well as practice in varied settings. Prerequisite: admitted social work major status.

3650. Generalist Social Work Practice III; Communities and Organizations. 3. Teaches engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation with organizations, communities and institutions within the generalist social work perspective. Prerequisites: SOWK 3630 with a C or better; SOWK 3540 pre or concurrent; admitted wocial work major status.

4020. Disability Studies Theory and Practice. 3. [(none) <> CS] Explores the interdisciplinary nature of disability studies, which investigates the embodied experience of disability as well as culturally constructed meanings and belief systems that function to stigmatize, oppress, liberate, or otherwise impact people living with illness and disability. Students will develop interdisciplinary research questions, paying particular attention to sociological realities. Dual listed with SOWK 5020; cross listed with WIND 4020. Prerequisite: WIND 2100 or WB.

4030. Social Work and Mental Health. 3. Presents overview of mental health services, policy, nosologies, history and interventions. Information examined in light of social work values and ethics, concern for populations-at-risk, and social and economic justice. Issues of diversity in mental health arena considered throughout. Dual listed with SOWK 5030. Prerequisite: advanced major in social work.

4060. Diversity and Difference in Social Work Practice. 3. [(none)<>D] Examines social works' roles and issues related to human diversity. Social work values and ethics and social and economic justice are explored throughout. Prerequisite: admitted social work major status.

4083. Social Work and Health Care. 3. Identifies and addresses social work issues related to health, such as medical social work, public health, and health promotion. Dual listed with SOWK 5083. Prerequisites: SOWK 3630 and Admitted Major status; a WB course and junior standing for non-social work majors.

4084. Professional Social Work Practice: Alcohol and Other Drugs. 3. Examines alcohol and substance abuse and social work's role in varied practice settings. Issues explored include medical considerations in alcohol abuse, social and familial challenges, as well as social work values and ethics, and concern for populations-at-risk. Dual listed with SOWK 5084. Prerequisites: SOWK 3630 and Admitted Major status; a WB course and junior standing for non-social work majors.

4460. Social Welfare Policies and Issues. 3. [C2<>(none)] Analyzes issues, programs, and policies in social work and social welfare. Prerequisites: ECON 1010 with a C or better.

4480. Introduction to Aging Services. 3. Surveys issues in aging and social work's role, status and function in the field of gerontology. Prerequisite: SOWK 2000 or consent of instructor.

4550 [3550]. Child Welfare Services. 3. Examines issues of child and family welfare in the context of national, state, and local policy and practice. Social and economic justice are examined as they relate to interventions with children and families. Dual listed with SOWK 5550. Prerequisites: SOWK 2000; SOWK 3530.

4560. Social Work Research. 3. [M3<>(none)] Introduces social work research and practice evaluation. Prepares students to use research in practice. Prerequisites: STAT 2050 or 2070 with a grade of C or better and admitted social work major status.

4570. Research-Informed Practice. 3. [W3<>WC] Learn about and engage in methods of research applicable to their social work practice. Competence in methods such as single system design and program evaluation will be assessed in this course. Prerequisites: SOWK 4560 with a C or better and admitted social work major status.

4780. Seminar: ______. 1-9 (Max. 15). Consideration of special topics of current interest in social work. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 hours credit when the seminar topic is different. Prerequisite: advanced major status; or consent of instructor and junior standing for non-social work majors.

4850. Human Rights, Social Justice and Social Policy. 3. Examines human rights, social welfare policy, and social, political and economic justice, as well as systems that oppress and create injustice, both in the US and internationally. A focus of the course will be the analysis of social welfare policy as it affects social justice issues. Prerequisites: SOWK 4060, ECON 1010, and admitted social work major status.

4881. International Social Welfare and Social Development. 3. [(none)<>G] Examines the basic framework of social welfare analysis and social development programming in the international arena, employing a multinational comparative analysis approach to explore the wide array of responses to social need across the globe. Students employ multinational comparative analyses to an area of social concern. Dual listed with SOWK 5881; cross listed with INST 4881. Prerequisite: POLS 1000; ECON 1010 recommended.

4960. Service-Learning in Psychology. 3. Experience applied aspects of psychology in real world settings through volunteering. Recent research and other materials preparing students for their service will be discussed in class. After the volunteering experience, the students will prepare an academic paper integrating their practical experience with research and theory learned in class. Cross listed with PSYC 4960. Prerequisites: PSYC 1000 and consent of instructor required in advance.

4980. Independent Study. 1-3 (Max. 6). Consideration of topics of current social work interest in consultation with a member of the faculty. Prerequisites: advanced major status and consent of instructor.

4990. Social Work Practicum. 5-10 (Max. 10). Represents the culmination of preparation for entry level generalist social work practice. Supervised practice in the knowledge, values and skills learned in the classroom. Offered S/U only. SOWK 3640, 3650 and application to the field program..

4991. Social Work Competency Assessment I. 2. Develops and supports student integration of classroom and field practicum experiences in a final demonstration of competencies for the beginning practitioner. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in SOWK 4990.

4992. Social Work Competency Assessment II. 2. Develops and supports student integration of classroom and field practicum experiences in a final demonstration of competencies for the beginning practitioner. Prerequisite: taken concurrently with SOWK 4990.

5000. Topics: Social Work. 1-3 (Max. 15). Various advanced topics in social work will be presented. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 hours when offered for different topics. Prerequisite: bachelor's degree; 18 hours in socio/behavioral sciences preferred.

5020. Disability Studies Theory and Practice. 3. Explores the interdisciplinary nature of disability studies, which investigates the embodied experience of disability as well as culturally constructed meanings and belief systems that function to stigmatize, oppress, liberate, or otherwise impact people living with illness and disability. Students will develop interdisciplinary research questions, paying particular attention to sociological realities. Dual listed with SOWK 4020; cross listed with WIND 5020. Prerequisite: WIND 2100 or WB.

5030. Social Work and Mental Health. 3. Explores mental health services, policies, neologies, history, and interventions. Information examined in light of social work values and ethics, concerns for populations-at-risk, and social and economic justice. Issues of diversity in mental health areas considered throughout. Dual listed with SOWK 4030. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5081. Assessment and The DSM. 3. Through a psychiatric social work lens students will become familiar with the process of conducting a diagnostic interview, writing psychiatric assessment including a mental status exam and formulating a diagnosis using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This course assumes some knowledge of mental health and mental illness. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5082. Women and Mental Health in Context. 3. Examines the context of women's lives that contribute to actual or perceived emotional vulnerability and psychiatric diagnoses. Priority will be shifted from individual clinical pathology of women to a perspective of societal and patriarchal oppression. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

5083. Social Work and Health Care. 3. Identifies and addresses social work issues related to health, such as medical social work, public health, and health promotion. Dual listed with SOWK 4083. Prerequisites: SOWK 3630 and Admitted Major status; a WB course and junior standing for non-social work majors.

5084. Professional Social Work Practice: Alcohol and Other Drugs. 3. Examines alcohol and substance abuse and social work's role in varied practice settings. Issues explored include medical considerations in alcohol abuse, social and familial challenges, as well as social work values and ethics, and concern for populations-at-risk. Dual listed with SOWK 4084. Prerequisites: SOWK 3630 and Admitted Major status; a WB course and junior standing for non-social work majors.

5100. Principles and Philosophy of Social Work. 3. Explores the history, traditions, ethics, purpose, philosophy, and knowledge base of the social work profession. Introduces the 10 core competencies of the MSW curriculum and the generalist social work perspective in rural settings using the problem-solving approach. Prerequisite: admission into the MSW program.

5110. Social Policy Analysis. 3. Explores the theory, history, structure and impact of social welfare policy on individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Particular attention paid to the analysis and development of policy, programs, and services related to social issues on a national, state, and local level. Prerequisite: admission into the MSW program and have either completed SOWK 5100 or take SOWK 5110 and 5100 concurrently.

5115. Social Welfare Policy: Human Rights and Social Justice. 3. Examines human rights and social and economic justice from a social work perspective, as well as systems that oppress and create injustice in the US and internationally. Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program.

5120. Generalist Social Work Competency Assessment I. 1. Develops and supports student integration of classroom and field practicum experiences in a seminar-style discussion of core competencies for the foundation year MSW student. Prerequisites: taken concurrently with SOWK 5450.

5121. Generalist Social Work Competency Assessment II. 1. Develops and supports student integration of classroom and field practicum experiences in the 2nd seminar-style discussion course of core competence for the foundation year MSW student. Prerequisite: taken concurrently with SOWK 5460.

5200. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I. 3. A theoretical examination of human behavior and the social environment, focusing on individuals, families and small groups in the context of human life cycle development. Emphasizes issues of human diversity and social and economic justice in the context of the environment. Prerequisites: admission into the MSW program and either completion of SOWK 5100 or concurrent enrollment.

5210. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II. 3. A theoretical examination of human behavior in the social environment, focusing on groups, communities, organizations and institutions. Emphasizes issues of human diversity and social economic justice. Prerequisite: SOWK 5200.

5300. Generalist Social Work Practice I. 3. Applies social work skills, values, and knowledge to a range of human service settings in a rural state. Emphasis is on generalist practice models and skills within a systems' framework. Covers engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation across all system levels. Addresses ethics and diversity throughout the course. Prerequisite: admission into the MSW program.

5310. Generalist Social Work Practice II. 3. Applies social work skills, values and knowledge to the engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation processes with groups, organizations and communities. Emphasis on ethics and diversity in practice. Prerequisite: admission into the MSW program; must have completed SOWK 5300.

5400. Social Work Generalist Research Methods. 3. Covers design, implementation and interpretation of research in social work practice settings. Presents methods of program evaluation and practice research at all system levels using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Prerequisite: admission into the MSW program.

5450. Field Practicum I. 3. Provides the opportunity for students to learn through experience the skills of entry-level generalist social work practice. The course consists of supervised practice, in a community service agency, of social work knowledge, values and skills learned in the classroom. Prerequisites: Students must have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, SOWK 5100, SOWK 5200, SOWK 5300, and SOWK 5400.

5460. Field Practicum II. 5-10 (Max. 10). Provides the opportunity for students to learn through experience the skills of entry-level generalist social work practice. The course consists of supervised practice, in a community service agency, of social work knowledge, values and skills learned in the classroom. Prerequisite: SOWK 5450.

5495. Social Work Research and Analysis. 3. Designed for MSW advanced standing students to address research methods and analysis in the context of the generalist problem-solving approach. Prerequisite: admission to the MSW advanced standing program; concurrent enrollment in SOWK 5499.

5499. Social Work Generalist Practice. 3. Designed to prepare newly admitted advanced standing MSW students for advanced generalist practice.  Covers, in depth, theoretical perspectives practice with individuals and families, ethics and values, the social work relationship, the problem-solving process, interviewing, intervention, and evaluation skills. Focus on evidence-based practice models will be addressed. Prerequisite: admission to the MSW advanced standing program; concurrent enrollment in SOWK 5495.

5500. Advanced Policy: Advocacy and Social Action. 3. Advanced generalist course builds on foundation and advanced year courses to prepare students to conduct comparative and advanced policy analysis and develop practice/advocacy components. Emphasis is given to policy practice issues that address economic and social justice, diversity, populations at risk, and ethics and values. Prerequisite: SOWK 5310 and SOWK 5115 or advanced standing.

5550. Child Welfare Services. 3. Examines issues of child and family welfare in the context of national, state, and local policy and practice. Social and economic justice are examined as they relate to interventions with children and families. Dual listed with SOWK 4550. Prerequisites: admission to advanced standing or SOWK 5100 and 5200.

5600. Advanced Generalist Practice. 3. Teaches advanced generalist practice theories and skills for work with individuals and families in the context of their environment. Engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation skills will be assessed. Issues of ethics, rural practice, and diversity are addressed throughout the course. Prerequisites: SOWK 5300 and SOWK 5310 or advanced standing.

5700. Advanced Theories and Practice with Children and Families. 3. Advanced application of generalist problem-solving theories and skills in working with individuals and families in the context of their environment. Issues of ethics, rural practice, diversity, and evaluation of practice addressed throughout the course. Prerequisite: SOWK 5300 and SOWK 5310 or advanced standing.

5705. Social Work Leadership in Supervision and Administration. 3. Focuses on theories and skills for leadership, supervision, and administration in social work practice. Study of models and best practices, as well as skill development, will move the student toward leadership in supervision and management competence. Prerequisites: SOWK 5300 and SOWK 5310 or advanced standing.

5720. Advanced Generalist Practice: Community and Rural Practice. 3. Emphasizes advanced understanding and application of models of rural community practice for promotion of well-being of client systems. Rurality and diversity/difference will be highlighted in this course. Models taught are appropriate to the social work profession, based on ethical considerations, cultural competency, and the strengths perspective. Prerequisite: SOWK 5310 or advanced standing.

5750. Applied Research: Practice Evaluation. 3. Focuses on the theory and use of small system design and program evaluation to evaluate one's social work practice. Prerequisite: SOWK 5400.

5755. Practice Evaluation. 1-12 (Max. 12). Students complete a non-thesis Plan B practice evaluation paper of quality, working with a committee structure. Must complete a minimum of two credit hours of 5755. Prerequisite: SOWK 5750; or advanced standing status and SOWK 5495, and instructor approval.

5795. Rural Health Care Seminar. 3. Examines social work and rural health and medical care for individuals, families and larger systems through policy, practice, and research. Includes a focus on the health and health care of older adults. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, graduate standing, participation in WYO HealthCARE Inter-disciplinary rural training grant.

5800. Advanced Seminar in Social Work. 1-3 (Max. 15). Consideration of special topics of current interest in social work. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 hours when the topic of the seminar is different. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

5810. Working with Children and Families in the Schools. 3. Enhances knowledge, skills, and values of the generalist social worker serving children of diverse backgrounds and their families in the school and its environment, preparing the social worker for a leadership role in a rural school setting. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5820. School Social Work. 1. Builds on the skills developed in SOWK 5810, advancing the knowledge, values and skills necessary for school social work. Students integrate observations of school social work settings with theory and practice, and personal evaluation, within this seminar. Public school law and policy are highlighted. Prerequisite: successful completion of SOWK 5810.

5850. Advanced Field Practicum. 5-10 (Max. 10). Provides advanced generalist social work practice experience in a community human service organization. Emphasizes core competencies and advanced generalist practice behaviors in social work ethics, values, theory, skills, practice and research in relation to social work with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities. Prerequisites: SOWK 5460 or Advanced Standing.

5855. Advanced Generalist Social Work Competency Assessment I. 1. Supports the advanced year MSW student's experience in the field practicum. The course is taken concurrently with SOWK 5850. Prerequisites: taken concurrently with SOWK 5850.

5856. Advanced Generalist Social Work Competency Assessment II. 1-8 (Max. 8). Supports the advanced year MSW student's experience in the field practicum. To be taken concurrently with SOWK 5850, spring semester. Prerequisite: SOWK 5855; concurrent with SOWK 5850.

5881. International Social Welfare and Social Development. 3. Examines the basic framework of social welfare analysis and social development programming in the international arena, employing a multinational comparative analysis approach to explore the wide array of responses to social need across the globe. Students employ multinational comparative analyses to an area of social concern. Dual listed with SOWK 4881; cross listed with INST 5881. Prerequisite: POLS 1000; ECON 1010 recommended.

5887. American Indian Health. 3. Studies the impact of federal policy on development of American Indian Health programs and the current status of American Indian health. Prerequisite: admission into graduate program.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5950. Interpersonal Counseling. 3.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Graduate level course designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate degree program, and instructor approval.

5975. Independent Study. 1-3 (Max. 3). In-depth exploration of a social work topic in consultation with a social work faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

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