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Department of Social Sciences

Academic Programs

The Department of Social Sciences offers Baccalaureate Degrees in Sociology and in Social Work, in addition to minors in Psychology and in Sociology. The Department’s aims are to qualify the student for employment in the various institutions that serve society and to enable the candidate to pursue higher studies.

Credits needed for the degrees

A student majoring in either Sociology or Social Work needs to earn a total of 128 credits in the Major of his/her choice distributed as follows.

Category

Credits

Sociology

Social Work

Major

61

64

Minor

24

24

University Requirements

40

40

Electives

3

0

Total

128

128

 

Major in Sociology

The Sociology major consists of a total of 61 credits as in the following table:


SOCI 131

Introduction to Sociology (3)

SOCI 338

Displacement & Forced Migration (3)

SOCI 231

Sociology of the Family (3)

SOCI 343

Computer for Social Sciences (3)

SOCI 233

Classical Theory (3)

SOCI 389

Senior Seminar (1)

SOCI 235

Modern Sociological Theory (3)

SOCI 435

Social Movements (3)

SOCI 245

Statistics for Social Sciences (3)

SOCI 437

Sociology of Dev. & Soc. Service (3)

SOCI 331

Methods of Social Research (3)

SOCI 438

Israeli Society (3)

SOCI 333

Demography (3)

SOCI 439

Sociology of Media & Communication (3)

SOCI 334

Arab Society (3)

PSYC131

Introduction to Psychology (3)

SOCI 335

Social Stratification (3)

PSYC233

Social Psychology (3)

SOCI 336

Civil Society (3)

PSYC243

Psychosocial Problems (3)

SOCI 337

Application of Res. Methods (3)

 

 


Major in Social Work

The social work major consists of a total of 61 credits in the following table.

SOCI 131

Introduction To Sociology (3)

SOWK 336

Field Work Practicum I (3)

SOWK 131

Intro. to Soc. Welfare & Soc. Work (3)

SOWK 337

Planning for Human Services (3)

SOWK 221

Fields of Social Work (3)

SOWK 338

Applica. of Research Methods (3)

SOWK 231

Human Behavior & Soc. Env. (3)

SOWK 389

Senior Seminar (1)

SOWK 235

Helping Skills in SW Practice (3)

SOWK 433

Brief SW Practice Modalities (3)

SOWK 245

Statistics for Social Sciences (3)

SOWK 434

Social Work Practice II (3)

SOWK 331

Group Work (3)

SOWK 436

Social Work Practice III (3)

SOWK 332

Methods of Soc. Research (3)

SOWK 437

Field Work Practicum II (3)

SOWK 333

Community Organization (3)

SOWK 439

Field Work Practicum III (3)

SOWK 334

Social Work Practice I (3)

SOWK 440

Field Work Practicum IV(3)

SOWK 335

Organization Theory (3)

PSYC 131

Introduction To Psychology (3)


Students majoring in either Sociology or Social Work have the opportunity to minor in a discipline other than their major field. A student may take a minor program consisting of 24 credits in the Faculties of Arts, Sciences, or Business Administration.


Paradigm of courses

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

First Year


FALL SEMEMSTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

SOCI 131

Intro. To Sociology

3

SOCI 231

Sociology of the Family

3

PSYC 131

Intro. To Psychology

3

ARAB 121

Arabic Lang. Skills II

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Lang. Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Lang. Skills II

3

ENGL 120

English Lang. Skills I

3

HIST 120

History of Mod. Palestine

3

MATH 111

Fundamentals of Math

3

SCIE 111

General Science

3

LIBR 101

Library Skills

R

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Second Year

FALL SEMEMSTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

SOCI 233

Classical Theory

3

SOCI 235

Modern Sociol. Theory

3

SOCI 245

Statistics for Social Sc.

3

SOCI 343

Computers For Soc. Sc.

3

PSYC 233

Social Psychology

3

ENGL 213

English Lang. Skills III

3

CMSR 101

Community Service

1

PSYC 243

Psychosocial Problems

3

 

Fine Arts Requirement

2

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

 

Minor

3

 

Minor

3

 

 

15

 

 

16

 

Third Year

FALL SEMEMSTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

SOCI 331

Methods of Soc. Research

3

SOCI 337

Application of Res. Meth.

3

SOCI 334

Arab Society

3

SOCI 438

Israeli Society

3

SOCI 338

Displ. & Forced Migration

3

SOCI 439

Socio. of Media & Commun.

3

POLS 300

Themes in Political Science

3

PHIL 302

Issues in Phil. & Ethics

3

 

Minor

3

Minor

3

 

 

Minor

3

 

 

 

 

 

18

 

 

15

 

Fourth Year

FALL SEMEMSTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

SOCI 335

Social Stratification

3

SOCI 333

Demography

3

SOCI 336

Civil Society

3

SOCI 389

Senior Seminar

1

SOCI 435

Social Movements

3

RELS 300

Cultural Religious Studies

3

SOCI 437

Soc. of Dev. and Soc. Serv.

3

 

General Elective

3

ECON 300

Basic Economics

3

 

Minor

3

 

Minor

3

 

Minor

3

 

 

18

 

 

16


Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

First Year

FALL SEMEMSTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

SOWK 131

Introduction to Soc. Work

3

SOWK 221

Fields of Social Work

3

SOCI 131

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOWK 235

Helping Skills

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Lang. Skills I

3

ARAB 121

Arabic Lang. Skills II

3

ENGL 120

English Lang. Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Lang. Skills II

3

MATH 111

Fundamentals of Math

3

CMSR 101

Community Service

1

LIBR101

Library Skills

R

PSYC 131

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

 

15

 

 

16

 

SUMMER SEMEMSTER

 

CR

HIST 120

History of Modern Palestine

3

SCIE 111

General Science

3

 

 

6

 

Second Year

FALL SEMEMSTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

SOWK 231

Human Behav.& Soc. Envir.

3

SOWK 332

Methods of Soc. Sciences

3

SOWK 245

Statist. For Soc. Sciences

3

SOWK 336

Field Work Practicum (1)

3

SOWK 331

Group Work

3

SOWK 434

Direct Soc. Work Ind. & Family (2)

3

SOWK 334

Direct Soc. Work Ind. & Family

3

ENGL 213

English Lang. Skills III

3

 

Fine Arts Requirement

2

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

 

Minor

3

 

Minor

3

 

 

17

 

 

16

 

Third Year

FALL SEMEMSTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

SOWK 338

Apply Research Methods

3

SOWK 333

Community Organization

3

SOWK 436

Direct Soc. Work Ind. & Family (3)

3

SOWK 439

Field Work Practicum(3)

3

SOWK 437

Field Work Practicum (2)

3

PHIL 302

Issues in Phil. & Ethics

3

POLS 300

Themes in Political Sciences

3

 

Minor

3

 

Minor

3

 

Minor

3

 

 

15

 

 

15

 

Fourth Year

FALL SEMEMSTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

SOWK 335

Organization Theory

3

SOWK 337

Planning for Human Serv.

3

SOWK 433

Brief Social Work Modalities

3

SOWK 389

Senior Seminar

1

SOWK 440

Field Work Practicum (4)

3

RELS 300

Cultural Religious Studies

3

ECON 300

Basic Economics

3

 

Minor

3

 

Minor

3

 

Minor

3

 

 

15

 

 

13

 

Minors offered by the Department of Social Sciences

In addition to the majors in Sociology and in Social Work, the Department provides the opportunity for all students to join the program toward a minor in Psychology or Sociology. The Department recommends that Social Work students opt for a minor in Psychology. To earn a minor, students are required to successfully complete 24 credits in the following courses.

Minor in Psychology

The minor in Psychogy requires the successful completion of the following courses, totaling 24 credits as described below.

Required Courses (15 Cr.)

PSYC 231

Developmental Psychology (3)

PSYC 341

Group Dynamics (3)

PSYC 333

Culture and Personality (3)

PSYC429

Clinical Psychology (3)

PSYC336

Introduction to Counseling (3)

 

 


Elective Courses (9 Cr.)

PSYC 233

Social Psychology (3)

PSYC 343

Political Psychology (3)

PSYC 331

Psychology of Adjustment (3)

PSYC 431

Exceptional Children (3)

PSYC 335

Abnormal Psychology (3)

PSYC 432

Cognitive Psychology (3)


Minor in Sociology

The minor in Sociology requires the successful completion of the following courses, totaling 24 credits as described below.

SOCI 131

Introduction to Sociology (3)

SOCI 336

Civil Society (3)

SOCI 231

Sociology of the Family (3)

SOCI 435

Social Movement (3)

PSYC243

Psychosocial Problems (3)

SOCI 437

Sociol. for Dev. & Soc. Services (3)

SOCI 334

Arab Society (3)

SOCI 438

Israeli Society (3)


Description of courses

Psychology

PSYC 131: Introduction to Psychology (Cr. 3)

This course is a general introductory survey presenting the fundamental concepts in learning, developmental psychology, personality, and other allied aspects such as motivation and emotion. Emphasis is placed on the essential differences between theory and fact.

PSYC 231: Developmental Psychology (Cr. 3)

This course includes the development of the physical, perceptual, emotional, social, and cognitive aspects of the stages of childhood and adolescence. Focus is placed on their implications in relation to the educational and social processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 131

PSYC 232: Psychology for Health Care (Cr. 3)

This course enables students to acquire the necessary appreciation of the theories of psychology as applied in health care. It includes an awareness of their own behavior and that of others, and its importance in patient-therapist relationships. Topics covered include: perception, motivation, and the development of personality and attitudes. Emphasis is placed on group discussion in order to develop problem-solving skills essential for a competent health care practitioner.

PSYC 233 : Social Psychology (Cr. 3)

This course is designed to acquaint students with new directions in social psychology. Emphasis moves from theories and methods to applied topics, including ways in which social interaction affects the behavior and thought of the individual. Prerequisite: PSYC 231

PSYC 234: Social Psychology for Health Care (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the effects of social groups on the behavior of the individual. The nature and effects of group pressure, relationships, and hierarchical structures within social groups and development of attitudes are also studied. Particular attention is paid to the effects of disability, loss, aging, and bereavement. Prerequisite: PSYC 231

PSYC 243: Psychosocial Problems (Cr. 3)

This course acquaints students with an in-depth analysis of major psycho-social problems as drug addiction, child maltreatment, juvenile delinquency, battered women, and societal reactions to mental health problems. Interrelationship among psycho-social problems, policies, social norms, and delivery of services in areas of mental health, social welfare, and education are discussed. Special attention is given to the identification of and intervention in psycho-social problems. Prerequisite: PSYC 234

PSYC 331: Psychology of Adjustment (Cr. 3)

This course reviews theory and research in the psychology of adjustment. Emphasis is placed on major areas in psycho-social adjustment as motives, stress, frustration, anxiety, and inner conflict. The course also acquaints students with psycho-social factors that may influence adjustment in various settings as family, classroom, and workplace. Students study models of prevention and intervention in order to facilitate the process of psychological adjustment. Prerequisite: PSYC 233

PSCY 333: Culture and Personality (Cr. 3)

This course focuses on major approaches, methods, and findings in the field of culture and personality. It presents an overview of basic theories, strategies, issues, and conclusions in the psychological study of personality. Attention is given to culture emphasizing the person-situation controversy. Prerequisite: PSYC 233

PSYC 335: Abnormal Psychology (Cr. 3)

This course focuses on the concept that abnormal behaviors are no different from other behavior patterns in their development and maintenance. The aim is to acquaint students with a range of approaches to the concept of abnormality by giving a historical introduction to abnormal behavior and diagnostic methods. Students also study theories of abnormality, methods of formulating and measuring abnormal behavior, and its treatment. Prerequisite: PSYC 233

PSYC 336: Introduction To Counseling (Cr. 3)

This is a basic course for students of social work and psychology. It provides students with a comprehensive survey of major theories and systems of counseling and stresses the relationship between theory and application with emphasis on counseling micro-skills.

PSYC 341: Group Dynamics (Cr. 3)

This course reviews theory and research in group processes while demonstrating the relevance of this work in applied Palestinian settings. Conceptual analyses of group processes is reviewed in depth when presenting ideas, evidence, and viewpoints. Classic analyses of groups as leadership, reactions to deviance, and determinants of group performance are integrated with contemporary topics. Emphasis is placed on group behavior in therapeutic, educational, organizational, industrial, judiciary, and athletic contexts. Prerequisite: PSYC 232/233

PSYC 343: Political Psychology (Cr. 3)

A critical examination of the psychological bases of political behavior is covered in this course. It includes an analysis of the concepts of attitudes, ideology, power, influence, consensus, group conflict and social identity. Areas covered include learning and political socialization, personality and ideology, motivation in politics, public opinion and the media, political conflict and change.

PSYC 429 : Clinical Psychology (Cr. 3)

Students are exposed to the history, theory, and practice of clinical psychology and its relationship with abnormal psychology and counseling. Students are introduced to clinical practices used for individuals with psychological or clinical behavioral problems. Included in this course are an overview of psychotherapeutic procedures, community intervention, interview and assessment methods, and the use of personality inventories and intelligence tests. Research, ethical issues, and professional relationships are also discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 335

PSYC 431: Exceptional Children (Cr. 3)

This course presents the characteristics of exceptional children and various ways in which they are educated, trained, and treated. The focus is on traditional categories of special education, as learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, speech, and language disorders, hearing, visual and physical impairment, and giftedness. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, etiology, assessment, and intervention.

PSYC 432: Cognitive Psychology (Cr. 3)

This course provides a critical overview of the theories and methods in social cognition. Application of theories and methods of research in therapy, health, politics, education, organizations, marketing, and law are discussed. Emphasis is placed on social cognition theories of attribution, psychological control, social schemata, attention, personal memory, and social inferences.

 

Sociology

SOCI 131: Introduction to Sociology (Cr. 3)

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the development of modern sociology. Reference is made to the contributions of Ibn Khaldun and al-Farabi to sociology and social thought and to the input of some of the founding fathers. The course also includes the study of social institutions as the family, culture, socialization, intergroup relations, social aggregates, and the methodology of sociology. Students are encouraged to reflect on the issues confronting their society through the use of sociological principles and guidelines.

SOCI 231: Sociology of the Family (Cr. 3)

The focus of this course is the family with its related systems. Forms and functions of the family are discussed as they have evolved historically together with the effects of social change on the family and the relationships that contribute to its integration. Kinship systems, marriage, and divorce are studied with concentration on modern developments in the Arab family. Prerequisite: SOCI 131

SOCI 233: Classical Theory (Cr. 3)

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the theories of the founding fathers as Comte, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. This knowledge should enable students to understand how classical theories have contributed to the development of sociology and to discuss the relevance of some of these theories to Palestinian and Arab society. Prerequisite: SOCI 131

SOCI 235: Modern Sociological Theory (Cr. 3)

Trends and theories of modern sociology are discussed with attention to structural-functionalism, conflict, and psychosocial paradigms. Points of divergence and convergence among the various theories and trends are highlighted enabling students to apply this knowledge to their own society. Prerequisite: SOCI 233

SOCI 245: Statistics for the Social Sciences (Cr. 3)

This course comprises a study of the rationale, application, and interpretation of statistical concepts pertinent to social sciences. Frequency distribution and graphing, measures of central tendency, measures of relative standing, hypothesis testing, regression, correlation, and probability are covered.

SOCI 331: Methods of Social Research (Cr. 3)

The nature of social research is studied with emphasis on the characteristics of the social researcher and the scientific method in social studies. The steps involved in social research are clarified together with the tools used in gathering, classification, and analysis of data. The outstanding methods and tools currently used in social studies are also discussed. Prerequisite: SOCI 245

SOCI 333: Demography (Cr. 3)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the science of population. Demographic terms, equations, and theories are studied in order to understand the significance of vital statistics and the characteristics of the population as they relate to age-sex composition, spatial distribution, and other specific indicators. Students are encouraged to focus on their own society and to compare its population data and figures with neighboring and other societies.

SOCI 334: Arab Society (Cr. 3)

The objective of this course is to introduce students to Arab society with emphasis on Palestinian society. Social, cultural, and political systems and their manifestations in social structure, institutions, and behavior of individuals are examined in the Arab and Palestinian contexts. Prospects and obstacles to development are also studied with focus on the challenges facing Palestinian society. Prerequisite: SOCI 131

SOCI 335: Social Stratification (Cr. 3)

Students are introduced to the concepts of inequality and stratification. Slavery, the estate system, castes, and classes are discussed. The Marxist and Weberian approaches to stratification are examined together with the theories expounded by Davis, Moore, Lenski, Dahrendorf, and others. Attention is given to stratification in Palestinian society based on the theoretical knowledge gained in the course. Prerequisite: SOCI 334

SOCI 336: Civil Society (Cr. 3)

The aim of this course is to focus on the inter- and intra-state relations and civil society. The conditions in which socioeconomic organizations and structures integrate and function are discussed. Some topics studied include social practice, influence, pluralism, democracy, independence in processes of power, leadership, and administration.

SOCI 337: Application of Research Methods (Cr. 3)

This course provides students with the opportunity to practice the research methods and techniques that have been studied in SOCI 331. Prerequisite: SOCI 331

SOCI 338: Displacement and Forced Migration (Cr. 2)

This course focuses on refugee status and displacement as a socio-political process of international and national dimensions. Attention is given to causes and effects of this phenomenon and to various proposed solutions in different contexts. Emphasis is placed on the Palestinian refugee experience in its various aspects.

SOCI 343: Computer for the Social Sciences (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the use of the computer and to programs applied in the social sciences. In addition they are introduced to basic knowledge of statistical packages for social sciences. At the completion of the course, students should be able to enter data into the computer and to organize and analyze it. Prerequisite: SOCI 245

SOCI 389: Senior Seminar in Social Science (Cr. 1)

This course provides seniors with an opportunity to review, organize, and integrate material from previous major courses. Seminar participants conduct research and present papers for open discussion and defense, with faculty members assisting as resource consultants. Seniors in Sociology are expected to make use of the basic skills they have acquired from the methodology and statistics courses. The seminar course is required for graduation.

SOCI 435: Social Movements (Cr. 3)

This course examines basic processes by which societies initiate, consolidate, transform, and change their basic institutions and social structures. Anatomy of reform and revolutionary social movements, especially those affecting Arab and Third World countries are given special attention.

SOCI 437: Sociology of Development and Social Service (Cr. 3)

This course examines concepts of development and their relevance to Palestinian society. Theories of development are discussed together with a review of public and private social service organizations engaged in development work. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with development projects underway and to examine alternative models of development appropriate to the specific conditions of their society.

SOCI 438: Israeli Society (Cr. 3)

This course studies Israeli society and how it has blended heterogeneous groups who differ in customs, traditions, situations, and cultures into one society. The course also focuses on the problems of creating a homogeneous society composed of different subgroups.

SOCI 439: Sociology of Media & Communication (Cr. 3)

The central topic of this course is: the interaction of historical and contemporary communication and media forms in social and cultural relations. The course examines the role of communication and media in everyday life through a variety of sociological perspectives. Emphasis is on “information society” and arguments raised not only from a technical perspective, but also from its sociological organization. Aspects of globalization, including dominance by global media conglomerates and their distinctive effects upon or resistance by national and local cultures, are also considered.

Social Work

SOWK 131: Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the history and nature of social welfare emphasizing social work as one of the major professions of this system. It outlines the nature and characteristics of social work, its functions and principles, and some of basic concepts the social worker will be dealing with, such as human needs, social problems, and social services. These topics are discussed with special interest in light of their relationship to the Palestinian society.

SOWK 221: Fields of Social Work (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to different fields of social work practice. It focuses on the following fields: family welfare, school social work, correctional social work, social work in health settings, psychiatric social work, social work with the elderly, and vocational social work. Prerequisite: SOWK 131

SOWK 231: Human Behavior and Social Environment (Cr. 3)

This course is designed to elucidate the range of human needs and behavior as related to various conditions of rural and urban scenes in Palestine. It examines social, political, economic, and cultural factors which influence individual, group, and community social functioning in contemporary Palestine and the function and mission of welfare institutions. Prerequisite: SOWK 221

SOWK 235: Helping Skills in Social Work Practice (Cr. 3)

This course is designed to provide students with basic skills in conducting an effective interview with a variety of clients. In addition, focus is on basic helping skills in social work practice, as verbal and nonverbal behaviors, different modes of continuing responses, leading responses, self-referent responses, and identifying and understanding one’s own needs in helping relationships. The course is both didactic and experiential. Prerequisite: SOWK 131

SOWK 245: Statistics for the Social Sciences (Cr. 3)

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts of statistics used in social work research, including descriptive statistics and measures of central tendency, t-test, and chi-square.

SOWK 331: Group Work (Cr. 3)

The aim of this course is to develop both a theoretical base for the practice of group work and a broader understanding of its contemporary forms from various theoretical perspectives. Issues of group composition including age, race, religion, and “personality style” are examined. Group dynamics such as power and authority, group roles beginnings and endings, development phases, and group sub-culture and cohesion are discussed. Prerequisite: SOWK 131

SOWK 332: Methods of Social Research (Cr. 3)

This course acquaints students with the basics of research methods in social work. Emphasis is placed on sampling and research design, data collection, coding, and data analysis. Prerequisite: SOWK 245

SOWK 333: Community Organization (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the macro practice of community work with emphasis on the organizing and advocacy skills needed to implement organizational and community change. Social work students learn how to identify these needs and mobilize agencies and communities to meet them. They learn how to advocate on behalf of clients and empower people at the grassroots level to participate in decisions that affect their lives. The course is both didactic and experiential. Prerequisite: SOWK 331

SOWK 334: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families I (Cr. 3)

This is the first in a sequence of three courses. It is designed to introduce the philosophy and principles of direct social practice and provide students with basic skills in developing and enhancing professional relationships. The course also explains the methods of case study, needs and problems identification and diagnosis. The course is both didactic and experiential. Prerequisite: SOWK 221

SOWK 335: Organization Theory, Practice, and Change (Cr. 3)

This is an introductory course in organization and administrative practice and theory. It covers classical theories of bureaucracy and scientific management, neoclassical human relations theories, and their applications in organizations, contemporary concepts of contingency, open systems, organizational environments, and inter organizational networks. Emphasis is given to the application of theories to human and social services in contemporary Palestinian society. Prerequisite: SOWK 333

SOWK 336: Field Work Practicum I (Cr. 3)

This course enables students to apply theoretical content learned in class to real problem-solving activities in community agencies. Students are placed in a community agency in the second semester of their junior year and are expected to practice in the agency for two and a half days per week. Students will receive intensive individual and group supervision. Prerequisite: SOWK 334

SOWK 337: Strategic Planning for Human Services (Cr. 3)

This course focuses specifically and in depth on the early stages of the problem-solving process, namely exploration, assessment, goal formulation, and planning. Under the general theme of “strategic planning,” students examine key theoretical bases of social planning and the important issues, methodologies, and technologies relating to both the strategic and technical aspects of planning, which are dealt with both as an early stage in the problem-solving process and as the setting for a field of practice. Prerequisite: SOWK 335

SOWK 338: Application of Research Methods (Cr. 3)

This course provides students with the opportunity to put into practice the research methods, techniques, and statistical analysis that have been studied in SOWK 332 and SOWK 245. Emphasis is placed on the use of statistical packages such as SAS or SPSS in data analysis. Prerequisite: SOWK 332, SOWK 245

SOWK 389: Senior Seminar in Social Work (Cr. 1)

This course is designed to provide seniors with an opportunity to review, organize, and integrate material from previous major courses. Seminar participants conduct research and present a paper for open discussion and defense, with faculty members assisting as resource consultants. Seniors in social work are expected to make use of the basic skills they have acquired from the methodology and statistics courses. The seminar course is required for graduation.

SOWK 433: Brief Social Work Practice Modalities (Cr. 3)

This course examines the theory and application of brief practice modalities, as task-centered, crisis intervention, as they are used in a variety of settings. Strategies for contact, data collection, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and termination are explored within the context of short-term models. Students are asked to apply theory to specific systems, drawing upon knowledge of appropriate techniques, socio-cultural factors, and types of problems presented. The course is both didactic and experiential. Prerequisite: SOWK 436

SOWK 434: Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families II (Cr. 3)

This is the second in a three-course sequence and it focuses on introducing students todiagnostic skills and on developing and building intervention strategies and plans. Focus is on the application of the following models in direct social work practice: the psychosocial model, the cognitive model, the task-centered model, the problem-solving model, the functional model, and the ecological model. The course is both didactic and experiential. Prerequisite: SOWK 334

SOWK 436: Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families III (Cr. 3)

This is the third in a three-course sequence and it examines theory and research as they apply to direct practice with the family system. Differential use of theory provides a framework for intervention strategies in troubled families. Patterns of family functioning are examined and implications for intervention are discussed. Content, process, and goals of all phases of practice from contact through termination are examined. Implications of practice with caring family constellations are addressed. The course is both didactic and experiential. Prerequisite: SOWK 434

SOWK 437: Field Work Practicum II (Cr. 3)

This course enables students to apply theoretical content learned in class to real problem-solving activities in community agencies. Students are placed in a community agency in the first semester of their senior year and are expected to practice in the agency three days per week. Students receive intensive individual and group supervision. Prerequisite: SOWK 336

SOWK 439: Field Work Practicum III (Cr. 3)

This course enables students to apply theoretical content learned in class to real problem-solving activities in community agencies. Students are placed in a community agency in the second semester of their senior year and are expected to practice in the agency three days per week. Students receive intensive individual and group supervision. Prerequisite: SOWK 437

SOWK 440: Field Work Practicum IV

This course enables students to apply theoretical content learned in class to real community needs. Students will apply the principles of critical thinking to theories they have been learned. Through this course students will learn about services learning methods and apply it in the community. Students receive intensive and continues reflectors by using different types of reflection strategies.

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