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05402/Social Work

0020, 0021, 0022. Cooperative Education (2-4 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Social Work 0052. Full-time work for 16 weeks in a social welfare agency. To develop the student's perspective of social welfare and skills in working with people. Up to 4 s.h. may be earned each semester in full-time employment. Cooperative education plans must be individually arranged with the department. Elective credit only. Does not meet BSW elective requirement.

0023. Extern Program (2-4 s.h.)

Offered winter recess in January; may not be used to meet BSW elective requirement. Optional work experience/career education program designed to aid students in making informed career decisions based on practical experience and self-assessment. Affords opportunity to explore a work setting for eight hours per day for four days each week. Students spend one day a week on campus in a career-oriented seminar. Written assignments required. Applications must be submitted by November 15.

0050. Introduction to Social Welfare/Human Services (3 s.h.) FS

Corequisite: Sociology C050. Open to non-majors. Social welfare as an institution and social work as a profession as these grow out of common human needs and social problems in an industrial society; the fields and settings in which social workers are employed. An opportunity to observe social workers at work.

0051. Helping Processes in Social Work I (5 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Social Work 0050, 30 successfully completed credits, including Social Work C050, and Psychology C050. May be taken concurrently with Social Work C060 or 0372. The nature of professional help; a framework for problem-solving in the context of the social environment; values, knowledge, and skills to facilitate professionally effective interpersonal relationships. Fieldwork provides opportunity to work with people in an assigned social work context, six hours per weekÑ60 hours total. Formal admission to the major is contingent upon successful completion of this course which is a prerequisite for further work in the department. Remedial work in English and/or mathematics must be completed by the end of Social Welfare 0052 and C060.

0052. Helping Processes in Social Work II (5 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Social Work 0051; Corequisite: Social Welfare 0053. May be taken concurrently with Social Work C060 or 0372. Formal and informal networks; the interrelationships between agency structure and general service delivery systems; the relationship between the immediate environment and the larger social system. Field placement continues in assigned field agency 84 hours, six hours per week.

0053. Communication in Social Work Practice (2 s.h.) S

Corequisite: Social Work 0052. Communication of verbal, nonverbal, and written messages transmitted, interpreted, and responded to in the social work process is the medium through which the purposes are achieved. Students will develop knowledge, values, and beginning skills necessary for effective work with individuals and groups.

C060. Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 s.h.) (IN) FS

Prerequisites for social work majors: Biology C071, Corequisites: Social Work 0051 or 0052. Psychology C050, and Sociology C050. Major theories of individual and family behavior. The person as a bio-psycho-socio-cultural being; the process by which human development occurs throughout the life cycle. The dynamic interrelationships between biological, psychological, and environmental factors which create both human diversity and likeness.

0105. Child and Adolescent Development (3 s.h.) FS

Ages and stages of normal child and adolescent development covering theoretical concepts and their application in social work practice. Growth and development for the prenatal period through adolescence.

C121. The History and Values of Social Welfare (3 s.h.) (AC) FS

Prerequisites for social work majors: Social Work 0051, 0052, 0053, and C060; Political Science C051, History C068; Composition 0045; and all remedial work. Values and the development of social services since ancient times with special emphasis on England and America. Evolution of welfare services related to economic, political, socio-cultural conditions in significant periods studied; attitudes and values then and now.

0122. Social Welfare in the United States (4 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Social Work C121. The development of present social welfare services, including structure, finances, functions, and public and private agencies. Exploration of selected social welfare issues, policy and administration, controversies, and new proposals and directions.

0187. Independent Study in Social Welfare (1-6 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: By arrangement. A tutorial program, developed by instructor and student, to permit study of issues relevant to social welfare and social work. Extensive readings, consultation with community leaders, and research required. Study plan must be submitted preceding semester and approved by the coordinator of independent study.

0200. Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents (3 s.h.) FS

Childhood Psychopathology: interference in normal development which results in various kinds of troubled behavior.

0205. The African-American Male in Contemporary Society (3 s.h.) S

Examines positive aspects of African-American males in the areas of spirituality, politics, institutional racism, science, health, athletics, and male/female relationships. Issues affecting the lives of African-American males and proposed solutions.

0260. Family Theory and Practice (3 s.h.) FS

A life-cycle, developmental view of the family. Concepts of the healthy family and the dys-functional family. Family therapy treatment approaches.

0270. HIV/AIDS and Social Work: Prevention and Practice (3 s.h.) S An overview of knowledge, skills, values, and policy issues related to prevention and service delivery to persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Includes a minimum of 12 hours of volunteer work related to HIV/AIDS. Open only to seniors in social work.

0280. Patterns of Service Delivery (4 s.h.) F

Prerequisites: See requirements for Social Work W285; Corequisites: Social Work W285 and 0290. Current patterns of service delivery, impact on the user and on staff; alternative issues in service delivery.

W285-W286. Seminar in Social Work Practice (3 s.h. each semester) FS respectively

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Social Work 0051, 0052, 0053, C060, C121, and 0122; cumulative average of 2.0 or better; departmental approval; a minimum of 85 s.h. of successfully completed specified course work; Corequisite: Social Work 0280 and 0290 in the fall semester; 0291 in the spring semester. Open only to seniors who are social work majors. A one-year course beginning in the fall semester. Principles and skills of social work practice. The problem-solving, social functioning model of social work practice; students engage in direct service delivery; emphasis on generic skills and the need to facilitate client independence through intervention at both the micro- and macro-levels. A supervised field work experience.

0290. Social Work Practicum (5 s.h.) F

Corequisite: Social Work W285. For details on field placement process, refer to Senior Seminar Field Guide. Social work practice in selected social welfare and related agencies; 200 hours of instruction. Opportunity to connect social work theory with practice, to develop skills, and understand their application with the user of service.

0291. Social Work Practicum (5 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Social Work W286. A continuation of the field practice begun in Social Work 0290; 200 hours in field instruction.

0301. Health Care: The Psycho-Social Aspects (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing in social work program. Technological innovations in health care impact on patients and their families as well as on public policy. Issues regarding health care services; psychological and social effects of illness on patients and their families; and the roles of the social worker in the interdisciplinary team.

0338. Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (3 s.h.) SS

This course provides students with current information about alcohol and other substance abuse. Using ecosystems and family systems frameworks, information is presented regarding the bio-psycho-social impact of alcohol and other substance abuse on individual and family functioning. Particular attention is given to treatment options and resources for change.

0360. Human Sexuality and Social Work (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing in social work program; others with permission of instructor. Personal and professional attitudes and values toward human sexuality and sexual expression. Special attention to such issues as birth control, abortion, racism, and sex education; to special populations; and to sexually oppressed groups. Implications and skills for working in social service settings.

0361. Developmental Disabilities/ Normalization (3 s.h.)

Open to undergraduate and graduate students in social work and other professional programs. In this course, mental retardation is examined primarily from a sociological perspective. Knowledge about mental retardation, the deinstitutionalization movement and human service provisions are presented. Attitudes and values toward people with developmental disabilities are covered with the problem area of stigma being examined in depth. Each student is given the opportunity to become a personal associate of a mentally handicapped person as an aspect of the learning of the course.

0363. Crime and Social Welfare (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Social welfare implications for consumers, processors, and service providers; past, present, and emerging goals of the criminal justice system.

R365. Institutional Racism: Effects on the Delivery of Social Welfare Services (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisites: History C068 and Social Work C060. How institutional racism affects the lives of African-Americans; implications for social work practice. Identification and examination of the manifestations of racism; sensitization to this major social problem.

0368. Responsible Responses to Aging (2-4 s.h.) FS

Biological, physical, psychological, and social aspects of aging. Income, family, living arrangements, and health in relation to needs, services, and gaps in services. Students develop actions projects in education, programmatic change, and research.

0369. Societal Responses to Aging (2-4 s.h.) FS

The second of a two-course sequence. Explores public and private resources, the need for social and political action, the network of services to meet the needs of individuals and their families, present policies and practice in income maintenance, health, housing, safety, and social status. Public-private sponsorship, cost, accountability, benefit levels, and administration. Student social action projects completed and expanded.

0372. The Social Worker in the Group (3 s.h.) FS

For sophomore or junior majors. Different theoretical conceptualizations of the role of the social worker in the group. Social group work, group psychotherapy, group dynamics, and growth-group literature. Special focus on the worker involved with community groups.

0373. Loss and Grief (3 s.h.) F

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing in social work or related majors. The dynamics of loss, the stress of grief and mourning, societal attitudes about death, and cultural variations in dealing with loss and bereavement practices. To help students explore and examine personal meanings about loss and to prepare students to be responsive and helpful as social workers working with those experiencing loss and grief. Class sessions combine cognitive and experiential material.

0374. Law and the Practice of Human Services (3 s.h.) FS

This course provides an introduction to the law as it affects the human services professional and the practice of social work. The course provides an overview of major areas of the law as they relate to juveniles, families, and the elderly. It also includes a review of professional responsibilities including informed consent, privileged communication, malpractice laws, and the building of effective social work/legal teams.

0375. Alcoholism (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Senior standing in social work program. Introduction to the field of alcoholism. In addition to conceptual and definitional issues, various perspectives relating to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Two visits to Alcoholics Anonymous ÒopenÓ meetings required.

0378. Group Work With the Elderly (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing in social work, recreation, and related fields. To assist students in using their knowledge of the elderly and the dynamics of group process to assist the elderly in functioning effectively in different kinds of groups. Development of social group process skills with the elderly for self-development, problem-solving, social change, and for achieving group goals.

0390. Introduction to Social Research (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Psych. C067; Soc. C067; or Stat. C021. To be taken in junior year. An introduction to the philosophy, concepts, principles, and methods of empirical research in the social and behavioral sciences. Characteristic stages and formats of social research are reviewed, with the primary aim of developing beginning competence in the critical assessment of published research and use of research techniques.

0392. Case Management (3 s.h.) FS

This course focuses on the design and process of case management as an approach to human service delivery. The students will acquire knowledge and skills to provide effective and efficient services. The course content includes the history of case management and the specialized knowledge, theory, and methods necessary to meet clients' needs.

0394. Exploration in Ethnic, Racial, and Cultural Diversity (3 s.h.) S

This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to explore diversity through the experience of self and others, utilizing the City of Philadelphia as a living laboratory.

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