2007-2008 UAF Catalog


Course descriptions index


Social Work

SWK 103      3 Credits
Introduction to Social Work (s)
Introduction to the profession of social work and the human services delivery system. Examines historical development of social work focusing on the knowledge, values and skills that characterize the social worker. Orientation to the context for social work, including the diversity of human needs, human services, social policy and legislation. Services, programs and career opportunities within rural and urban Alaska, as well as nationally, are discussed. (3 + 0) Offered Fall, Spring


SWK 220      3 Credits
Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice (s)
The professional nature and meaning of generalist social work practice. Examines the NASW code of ethics. Introduces interpersonal communication and interviewing. Assists students in making decisions about social work or other helping professions. (Prerequisite: SWK 103 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall, Spring


SWK 305O     3 Credits
Social Welfare History (s)
Analysis of social inequality and the U.S. social welfare system. Traces the historical development of government responses to social inequality and explores historical and persisting dilemmas in the provision of social welfare services. (Prerequisites: COMM 131X or 141X, SWK 103 or SOC 100X or ANTH 100X.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


SWK 306W     3 Credits
Social Welfare: Policies and Issues
Social policies and how they effect the delivery of social services. Factors influencing development of the current social service system. Analysis of dilemmas which develop in a welfare system attempting to deal with rapid social change. Alternative approaches to the solution of social problems and possible future developments. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X or permission of instructor; SWK 103 or SOC 100X or ANTH 100X.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


SWK 310      3 Credits
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
An overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders with a particular focus on the needs, issues and programs specific to Alaska. (Prerequisites: SWK 103 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


SWK 320W     3 Credits
Rural Social Work
Preparation for practice in rural areas characterized by the need for multiple delivery systems, unique local customs and inadequate resources. Emphasis on preparation for practice nationally with unique features of Alaska incorporated at key points. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or 213X or permission of instructor; SWK 103.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


SWK 330      3 Credits
Seminar in International Social Work
International issues related to social work practice and social welfare policy. The focus of the seminar will be on global and international issues related to social and economic justice, distributive justice, and human and civil rights. Specific content is announced at registration. Course may be repeated once for credit when content varies. (Prerequisites: SWK 103 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


SWK 341      3 Credits
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (s)
Theoretical frameworks for organizing knowledge about personality development, social behavior and the organization of groups and communities. An emphasis is placed on the bio-psycho-social perspective of human development from birth through adolescence. (Prerequisites: SOC 100X or ANTH 100X; SWK 103; and PSY 101.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


SWK 342O     3 Credits
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
Theoretical frameworks for organizing knowledge about personality development, social behavior and the organization of groups and communities. An emphasis is placed on the bio-psycho-social perspective of human development, young adulthood through later life. (Prerequisites: COMM 131X or 141X; SOC 100X or ANTH 100X; SWK 103, PSY 101; and social work major.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


SWK 350W     3 Credits
Women's Issues in Social Welfare and Social Work Practice (s)
(Cross-listed with WMS 350W)
Examination of theories and research concerning women's issues in the field of social work and in the social welfare system, with particular emphasis on women in poverty and women of color. Contemporary policy issues and strategies of empowerment will be covered. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X; SWK 103 or SOC 100X; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall


SWK 360      3 Credits
Child Abuse and Neglect
Dynamics, implications and treatments of child abuse and neglect for individuals and families in rural and urban Alaska. (Prerequisites: SWK 103 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


SWK 370      3 Credits
Social Work and the Aging Society (s)
Examination of the aging process, theories, political processes and social work generalist intervention strategies with the aging population. The rapidly changing social and health issues of older adults are addressed in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach. (Prerequisites: SWK 103 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


SWK 375W     3 Credits
Research Methods in Social Work (s)
Course has a two-fold objective: to help students become critical consumers of research in the social sciences and to allow students to carry out beginning research studies. Course sequentially covers phases of the research process, whether quantitative or qualitative. (Prerequisites: SWK 103, ENGL 111X, ENGL 211X or 213X.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


SWK 460      3 Credits
Social Work Practice I
Development of beginning skills in interviewing and helping processes with individuals, families and groups. Application of intervention strategies and techniques made to case materials, primarily in family and child welfare services. Contracting, case management and social brokerage. (Prerequisites: social work major, senior standing, concurrent enrollment in SWK 461.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


SWK 461      3 or 6 Credits
Practicum in Social Work I
Individual training and practice in a social service agency. Students signing up for 3 credits complete 100 hours; students signing up for 6 credits complete 200 hours of direct practice in an approved agency under the supervision of a field instructor. (Prerequisites: social work major, senior standing and approval from practicum coordinator.) (1 + 15) (1 + 7) Offered Fall


SWK 463      3 Credits
Social Work Practice II
Further development of student's knowledge of direct practice with clients and development of beginning skills in community work including social planning. Emphasis on aspects of rural practice such as use of community associations and the informal helping network. Taken concurrently with SWK 464. (Prerequisites: social work major, senior standing and concurrent enrollment in SWK 464.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


SWK 464      3 or 6 Credits
Practicum in Social Work II
Continuation of SWK 461; further direct practice experience in an agency. Students signing up for 3 credits complete 100 hours; students signing up for 6 credits complete 200 hours of practice in an approved agency under the supervision of a field instructor. Taken concurrently with SWK 463. (Prerequisites: SWK 460, 461, social work major and senior standing.) (1 + 7) (1 + 15)


SWK 466      3 or 6 Credits
Practicum in Social Work III
Further direct practice experience in an approved agency under the supervision of a field instructor. Students enrolled in 3 credits must complete 100 hours of practicum. Students enrolled in 6 credits must complete 200 hours of practicum. (Prerequisites: Social Work Major, senior standing, SWK 460, SWK 463, SWK 461 and SWK 464.) (0 + 7) (0 + 15) Offered Summer, As Demand Warrants


SWK 470      3 Credits
Theories of Chemical Dependency and Social Work Practice (s)
Examination of research and theories of chemical dependency from a social work, systems/ecological framework. Critically examines current theory and practice in terms of effectiveness, cultural appropriateness and validity with vulnerable populations. (Prerequisites: SWK 103 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


SWK 484      3 Credits
Seminar in Social Work Practice Areas
Problem areas in social work. Topics vary in different semesters, content announced in class schedule prior to each semester. Course may be repeated for credit when topic varies. (Prerequisites: SWK 103 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


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