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Social Work


SWK F103 Introduction to Social Work (s)

3 Credits

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)


SWK F220 Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice (s)

3 Credits

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. Prerequisites: SWK F103 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


SWK F305O Social Welfare History (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Analysis of social inequality and the U.S. social welfare system by tracing the historical development of government response to social inequality and exploring historical and persisting dilemmas in the provision of social welfare services. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; SWK F103 or SOC/ANTH F100X. (3+0)


SWK F306W Social Welfare: Policies and Issues

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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 F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; ANTH F100X or SOC F100X or SWK F103. (3+0)


SWK F310 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

An overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders with a particular focus on the needs, issues and programs specific to Alaska. Prerequisites: SWK F103 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


SWK F320W Rural Social Work

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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 F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; SWK F103. (3+0)


SWK F330 Seminar in International Social Work

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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 F103 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


SWK F341 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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: PSY F101; SOC/ANTH F100X; SWK F103. (3+0)


SWK F342O Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Theoretical frameworks for organizing knowledge, personality development, social behavior and the organization of groups and communities. An emphasis is placed on the bio-psycho-social of human development young adulthood through later life. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; PSY F101; SOC/ANTH F100X; SWK F103; social work major. (3+0)


SWK F350W Women's Issues in Social Welfare and Social Work Practices (s)

3 Credits

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 F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; SWK F103 or SOC F100X; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with WMS F350.) (3+0)


SWK F360 Child Abuse and Neglect

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Dynamics, implications and treatments of child abuse and neglect for individuals and families in rural and urban Alaska. Prerequisites: SWK F103 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


SWK F370 Social Work and the Aging Society (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

An 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 F103, or permission of instructor. (3+0)


SWK F375W Research Methods in Social Work

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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: ENGL 111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL 213X; SWK F103; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


SWK F460 Social Work Practice I

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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: Concurrent enrollment in SWK F461; Social Work major; senior standing. (3+0)


SWK F461 Practicum in Social Work I

3 or 6 Credits     Offered Fall

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; approval from practicum coordinator. (1+7 or 15)


SWK F463 Social Work Practice II

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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 F464. Prerequisites: Social work major, senior standing, and concurrent enrollment in SWK F464. (3+0)


SWK F464 Practicum in Social Work II

3 or 6 Credits

Continuation of SWK F461; 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 F463. Prerequisites: SWK F460; SWK F461; Social Work major; senior standing. (1+7 or 15)


SWK F466 Practicum in Social Work II

3 or 6 Credits

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: SWK F460; SWK F461; SWK F463; SWK F464; Social Work major; senior standing. (0+7 or 15)


SWK F470 Theories of Chemical Dependency and Social Work Practices (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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 F103 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


SWK F484 Seminar in Social Work Practice Areas

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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 F103 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


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