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Undergraduate Program Course Descriptions


ScWk 010

Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work.

An introduction to Social welfare institutions and the social work profession: its development, knowledge base, value system, and specific areas of direct practice. (3 units, required for SW minor.)

ScWK 107

Aging and Society

For course description, see GERO 107

ScWk110

Foundations of Generalist Practice

Introduction to the history, mission, values, skills and knowledge base of generalist social work practice within a transcultural perspective. Focus on social work practice with emphasis on those populations at-risk who are disenfranchised and marginalized. (3 units)

ScWk 111

Generalist Social Work Practice I

Knowledge, values and skills for generalist social work practice utilizing problem-solving methods with systems of all sizes. Focus on developing professional relationships, defining issues, communication skills, collecting data and assessing individuals from diverse backgrounds interacting with their environments. (3 units. Prereq: ScWk 110, 120, 130. Corequisite: 141. Open to Social Work Majors only)

ScWk 112

Generalist Practice II

Knowledge, values and skills for generalist social work practice with emphasis families, groups, organizations and communities. Focus on transactions to optimize social well-being and empowerment of individuals, families, and communities utilizing strengths and transcultural perspectives. (Students must pass ScWk 111 with a "C" or better to move on to ScWK 112. Coreq: ScWk 142. Open to Social Work majors only.)

ScWk 120

Social Welfare Institutions and Policies I

Developmet of social work as a profession, including mission, values, and ethics. Development and changes in the philosophy, legislative base and structures for social services as these affect social and economic justice and impact health and well-being. (3 units) Prerequisite: Junior standing.

ScWk 121

Social Welfare Institutions and Policies II

Methodology and frameworks for analyzing social policy and understanding institutional discrimination, particularly related to populations-at-risk and other disenfranchised groups. Political and organizational processes to influence policy development. (3 units. Prereq: ScWk 120)

ScWk 130

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Theories and knowledge of bio-psycho-social development from birth to old age. The dynamics of interacting social systems and culture on human development. Human diversity and populations-at-risk emphasized. (3 units. Prereq: Junior standing)

ScWk 131

Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

Theories and knowledge about groups, organizations and communities from a systems perspective. The impact of discrimination, economic deprivation and oppression on populations-at-risk. Emphasis on the promotion of optimal health and well-being. (3 units. Prereq: ScWk 130)

ScWk 140

Introduction to Field Practicum

Volunteer experience with a community service organization that will provide the student with exposure to clients/client systems prior to Field Practicum 1. Six to eight hours weekly in community based agencies and on-campus seminars. (3 units)

ScWk 141

Field Practicum I

Generalist Social Work Practice with individuals, families, and communities from a transcultural perspective in an agency under supervision. Sixteen hours per week required in placement. (4 units. CR/NC grading. Prereq: ScWk 110, 120, 130, & 140; Corequisite: ScWk 111)

ScWk 142

Field Practicum II

Generalist Social Work Practice in an agency setting continued. Emphasis is on individuals, small groups and communities from a transcultural perspective. Sixteen hours per week required in placement. (4 units.) CR/NC Prereq: ScWk 111, 141; Corequisite: ScWk 112

ScWk 165

Community Field Practicum.

Assignment to various community projects, programs, or agencies with emphasis on children and youth on group development and empowerment. Data collection, problem identification, and community analysis to identify resources for problem resolution. (1-4 units)

ScWk 170

Introduction to Research Methods

Scientific and analytic approaches to building knowledge for social work practice, including ethical issues in social research. Evaluation of service delivery systems using qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. (3 units. Prereq: ScWk 110, ScWk 120, ScWk 130. Pre/Corequisite: Stat 95.)

ScWk 175

Social Work Senior Seminar

An integrative capstone seminar reviewing current trends, problems and issues confronting the profession. Developments and challenges in California and in the country for BA level generalist practitioners evaluated in light of the student's own personal and professional goals. (3 units. Prereq/Coreq: ScWK 175; must be taken concurrently with ScWK 112 and ScWK 142; or taken in the semester immediately following completion of ScWK 142, and all other social work courses must have been completed. graduating senior status. Open to Social Work majors only.)

ScWk 180

Individual Studies

Individual work on special topics by arrangement with a faculty member. Social Work majors only. (CR/NC grading. Repeatable for credit. 1-4 units.)

ScWk 192

Social Work with Families

Exploration of various family forms, cultural factors, and dynamics influencing family interaction with agencies and community. Practice strategies include assessment, defining strengths, and focusing on interventions to promote health and well-being. (3 units. An elective)

ScWk 195

Social Services for Children and Youth

Policies, programs, and methods utilized in providing services to children and their families. Child and youth behavior analyzed in relation to interaction with family, peers, schools, community and other institutions. Impact of service structures on individuals from diverse backgrounds considered. (3 units. An elective.)

ScWk 197

Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and the Family.

An overview of alcohol and substance use and abuse. Effects on client systems, particularly families and children. Identification of symptoms and addictive behaviors, strengths and limitations of interventions reviewed with a special focus on oppressed and marginalized populations. (3 units. An elective.)

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Graduate Program Course Descriptions


ScWk 202

Social Policy and Services: History and Values

History of social welfare and social work with emphasis on diverse populations, particularly Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Social policy and social work values in relation to practice issues and social services. (3 units.)

ScWk 204

Social Policy Analysis

Frameworks for analyzing social policies using principles of social and economic justice. The role of policy in helping or deterring people in attaining well-being. Focus on diverse populations and populations-at-risk. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 202.)

ScWk 212

Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

Systems theory and the ecological model presented with transcultural perspectives from infancy through the end of adult life cycle. Emphasizes behavior of individuals and families, especially Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and other diverse and oppressed populations. (3 units.)

ScWk 214

Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

Systems theory and the ecological model presented with transcultural perspectives. Emphasizes behavior in groups, communities, and organizations with a focus on Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and other diverse and oppressed populations. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 212.)

ScWk 220

Transcultural Generalist Practice I


Transcultural generalist practice with client systems, particularly individuals and families, at micro, mezzo and macro levels. Assessment, planning and implementing interventions within a professional relationship, utilizing a strengths perspective, focusing on Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans and other diverse populations. (3 units. Must be taken concurrently with ScWk 230.)

ScWk 221

Transcultural Generalist Practice II

Transcultural generalist practice with client systems, particularly groups, organizations and communities to enhance well-being. Approaches and skills to ameliorate conditions affecting people adversely, particularly those of diverse backgrounds and fields of practice. Emphasis on promoting social and economic justice. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 220 and 230. Must be taken concurrently with ScWk 231.)

ScWk 222

Transcultural Multi-Systems Practice I: Family Systems Focus

Transcultural multi-systems practice with an emphasis on family systems, diverse cultural patterns and varying family forms. Assessment of multi-systems interactions of communities and organizations with a focus on enhancing the health and well-being of marginalized populations and populations-at-risk. (3 units. Prerequisites: ScWk 220 and 221. Must be taken concurrently with ScWk 232. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

ScWk 223

Transcultural Multi-Systems Practice II: Community Systems Focus

Methods of community intervention at multiple levels focused on empowerment and developing the strengths of diverse groups, particularly Latino, African American, Asian American and other oppressed and marginalized populations. Includes community social work, assessment and interventions. (3 units. Prerequisites: ScWk 220 and 221. Must be taken concurrently with ScWk 232. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

ScWk 224

Multi-Systems Practice: A Spanish/English Framework

Analysis of cultural relevant services to linguistic minority Spanish-speaking population from a transcultural generalist perspective. Skills to include Spanish language interventions appropriate for cultural access, appropriate assessment, individual, family, and group interventions, and advocacy for clients systems at all levels. (3 units. Prerequisite: Pass preliminary Spanish language competency exam.)

ScWk 230

Social Work Practicum I

Development of transcultural practice skills with families, groups, and individuals in their social contexts. Emphasis on developing professional roles and relationships, applying multi-systems assessment and interventions, particularly with Latino, African American, and Asian American clients/client systems. (4 units. CR/NC. Co-requisite: ScWk 220.)

ScWk 231

Social Work Practicum II

Development of skills to differentially assess the strengths and capacities of interacting individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Application, termination and evaluation of problem-solving interventions from a transcultural generalist practice perspective.
(4 units. CR/NC. Prerequisite: ScWk 230. Co-requisite: ScWk 221.)

ScWk 232

Social Work Practicum III

Development of multi-systems practice skills with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities from a transcultural multi-systems perspective emphasizing family, community and policy practice. Development of skill to use self effectively with diverse clients, colleagues and community members from various backgrounds. (5 units. CR/NC. Prerequisite: ScWk 231. Co-requisites: ScWk 222 and 223.)

ScWk 233

Social Work Practicum IV

Development of transcultural multi-systems practice skills in a field of practice: aging, children, youth, and families, health/mental health, or education. Developing culturally competent skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate interventions from transcultural and strengths perspectives to address family and community well-being. (5 units. CR/NC. Prerequisite: ScWk 232.)

ScWk 240

Research Methods and Design


Scientific method and problems of knowledge. Basic concepts and models of research methodology, qualitative research, program and practice evaluation in social work. Critical analysis of existing research on diverse and oppressed populations. (3 units. ScWk 240 also serves as an evaluative course to pass the university's Professional Writing Competency policy.)

ScWk 242

Research Methods, Data Analysis and Evaluation

Basic concepts and models for research methodology applied to the analysis of data in social work. Emphasis on quantitative analysis, using statistics software. Qualitative research is also incorporated. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 240.)

ScWk 245

Management in Human Services

The organization and continuous operation of service delivery systems including the functions of management, decision-making, communication, authority, delegation, planning, and staffing. (3 units. An elective.)

ScWk 246

Supervision and Consultation

Focuses on the knowledge and skill base of the social worker in supervision and consultation. Identification and analysis of the functions of the social worker as supervisor and consultant. (3 units. An elective.)

ScWk 250

Policy Practice in Aging

Critical analysis of the impact of policies on older adults and their families, particularly those who are Latino, African American, and Asian American and other diverse and oppressed populations. Assessment of organizations and policy implementation. Development of strategies to promote well-being and social change. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 204. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

ScWk 251

Social Work with Aging Populations

Knowledge and skill development for transcultural multi-systems perspective in aging settings. Emphasis on Latino, African American, Asian American and other diverse and oppressed populations. Conceptual frameworks for practice at micro, mezzo, and macro levels. (3 units. An elective. Prerequisites: ScWk 220 and 221. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

ScWk 260

Policy Practice in Child and Family Welfare

Critical analysis of the impact of social policies on children and families, particularly those who are Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans and other diverse and oppressed populations. Assessment of organizational structure and policy implementation. Development of strategies to promote well-being and social change. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 204. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

ScWk 261

Social Work Practice with Children

Skills and knowledge in working with high-risk children and families from a transcultural multi-systems perspective. Focus on understanding of child and family development as well as assessment and intervention at various levels in a transcultural context. (3 units. An elective. Prerequisite: ScWk 220 and 221. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

ScWk 262

Social Work Practice with Adolescents

Skills and knowledge in working with diverse populations of high-risk adolescents from a transcultural multi-systems perspective. Focus on understanding adolescent and family development as well as assessments and interventions at various levels in a transcultural context. (3 units. An elective. Prerequisite: ScWk 220 and 221. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

ScWk 263

Social Work and the Law

Analytical skills to understand the legal system, its functions, organization, jurisdiction and case processing methods. An examination of the legal environment of social work practice in selected settings: domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse and education. (3 units. An elective. Required for Title IV-E and PPSC Students. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

Scwk 272

Social Work in Educational Settings
 
Examines the promotion of well-being and social change, with emphasis on attainment of educational goals. Individual and family needs are explored in the context of educational policies, organizational dynamics, pupil adjustment and assessment, life cycle development, and advocacy. Prerequisite: SCWK 212, SCWK 214, SCWK 220, SCWK 221.

ScWk 280

Policy Practice in Health/Mental Health

Critical analysis of the impact of health/mental health policies on populations-at-risk, particularly those who are Latino, African American, and Asian American. Assessment of organizations and policy implementation. Development of strategies to promote well-being and social change. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 204. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

ScWk 281

Social Work in Health/Mental Health

Knowledge and skill development for multi-systems practice in health/mental health settings. Emphasis on Latino, African American, and Asian American clients/client systems interacting with service delivery systems. Conceptual frameworks for practice at micro, mezzo and macro levels. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 220 and 221. Preference given to students in advanced year.)

ScWk 283

Psychopharmacology for Social Workers

Historical trends and specific transcultural and lifespan issues of psychotropic medications, alcohol and drug use are presented. Psychotherapeutic drugs and the pharmacology basis of medicines for psychiatric disorders and evidence-based treatment interventions for substance abuse will be discussed. (3 units. An elective. Required for MHIP Students.)

ScWk 285

Social Work and Social Problems

Examination of selected social problems related to the direct practice of social work that focuses on in-depth knowledge of the problems and of the required direct practice skills and techniques. (3 units. An elective.)

ScWk 287

Multi-Systems Practice in Substance Abuse

An in-depth examination of major clinical issues in work with alcoholics and families. Analysis of major treatment methods including individual therapy, education, group therapy and conjoint family therapy with an exploration of socio-cultural variables as they affect assessment and treatment. (1 to 3 units. An elective.)

ScWk 298

Special Study

Planning and implementation of research practica emphasizing culturally appropriate measures and design strategies. Students produce a professionally written evaluation study demonstrating understanding of the knowledge base underlying social work interventions. (1 to 3 units. CR/NC. Prerequisites: ScWk 240 and 242.)

ScWk 299

Master's Thesis

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the Master's degree in Social Work, and approval of the School's Research Committee. (1 to 3 units. CR/NC. Prerequisites: ScWk 240 and 242.)

*** Note that not all electives are offered each year, and under-enrollment may result in the unavailability of certain courses.