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A pre-major and transfer social work faculty advisor meets with students individually to help them set and plan academic goals, plan or change a course schedule, evaluate transfer credits and plan their coursework prior to admission to the baccalaureate program. Following acceptance into the program, each student is assigned a permanent social work faculty advisor who will provide the student guidance through the BSW curriculum, offering academic and professional advising. To schedule a meeting with an advisor, please call 314.516.6385.
SOC WK 2000 Social Work and Social Issues (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or PSYCH 1003. Examination of the network of social programs and services developed in response to social problems in modern urban communities and the various roles and functions performed by helping professions. Introduction to basic values, skills, and training involved in a helping relationship, as well as characteristics of clients seeking help and professional engaged in the helping process.
SOC WK 2001 Social Work and Social Issues Lab (1)
Simultaneous with SOC WK 2000. The lab session will be used for field trips to social agencies which will allow students to better understand the many roles social workers are involved in. This course is required for social work majors.
SOC WK 2102 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (3)
Same as HIST 2102, SOC 2102 and GS 2102. This core class is required for all Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate earners. This class introduces students to cultural, political and historical issues that shape gender. Through a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the course familiarizes students with diverse female and male experiences and gendered power relationships.
SOC WK 2200 Social Welfare as a Social Institution (3)
Prerequisite: SOC WK 2000 or consent of instructor. A study of the: 1) development of social welfare services and the philosophy underlying the present practices and systems; 2) present social welfare programs with particular emphasis given to public income-maintenance provisions; 3) special welfare needs of blacks, aged, women, Hispanics, and Native Americans; and 4) the development of social work as a profession. This course may be taken by non-social work majors.
SOC WK 2201 Social Welfare as a Social Institution Laboratory (1)
Prerequisite: Simultaneous with SOC WK 2200. The lab session will be used for field trips to social agencies. This course is required for all Social Work majors.
SOC WK 2330 Asians in Migration (3)
This course is a comparative analysis of the social and cultural diversity of the peoples of East, South, and Southeast Asia. Study focuses on their reasons for migration and the extent and quality of the social and cultural connections they maintain to their homelands. Implications of these cultures for students in a variety of disciplines are explored. This course satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
SOC WK 2670 Aging in America: Concepts and Controversies (3)
Same as SOC 2170, INTDSC 2170, and GERON 2170. This course examines the major theoretical and service issues connected to the study of older adults and their families, using multidisciplinary perspectives. Students are provided with an introduction to the field of aging through an examination of current social issues and controversies. This course emphasizes student involvement through class discussion, and is appropriate for students in the arts and sciences, business, communication, education, and nursing.
SOC WK 3100 Introduction to Strategies for Social Work Practice (3)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 2200, SOC 1010 and PSYCH 1003, or permission of instructor. A presentation of basic knowledge, skills, and theory used for entry-level professional practice, such as problem assessment, interviewing skills, crisis intervention, and referral procedures. The course objectives also will be to teach students how to help clients negotiate systems effectively, and to use resources, services, and opportunities.
SOC WK 3210 Social Issues and Social Policy Development (3)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 2200, POL SCI 1100, and ECON 1000. The identification of issues concerning governmental provisions to meet contemporary social needs, with analysis of the principles and values underlying alternative solutions. A study of the processes by which citizen opinions and public policies evolve and are implemented in areas such as income maintenance, crime and delinquency, employment, family and child welfare, and public mental health.
SOC WK 3410 Research Design in Social Work (3)
Prerequisites: Satisfaction of Math Proficiency requirement and either SOC 3220, CRIMIN 2220, or PSYCH 2201. Students explore research concepts and procedures (hypothesis testing, sampling, measurement, and design) emphasizing issues in social work research. Students learn to collect, analyze and present data.
SOC WK 3510 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 1012 and SOC 2160 or PSYCH 2160 or permission of instructor. This course will focus on the normative stages in the life span, specifically how human development is affected by the physical environment and social status characteristics. Empirical information and theoretical views on human development will be included. Human development will be viewed as a complex interaction of individual developmental stages with family, social, and community systems.
SOC WK 3700 Diversity and Social Justice (3)
Same as GS 3700. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or equivalent. Analyzes the structure, dynamics, and consequences of social and economic injustice, and the impact on diverse groups in American society. Examines theoretical models and practice principles for work with diverse groups.
SOC WK 4110 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (3)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 3100, and SOC WK 3510. This course continues the presentation of basic knowledge and practice skills for entry level professional practice begun in SOC WK 3100. It builds on the generalized helping model, incorporating specialized skills for working with specific groups of clients (e.g., children, aged, mentally ill, and physically handicapped), with families and small groups.
SOC WK 4300 Social Work Practice with Communities (3)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 3210 taken prior to or concurrently, senior standing. Continuation of basic practice skills with emphasis given to analysis and intervention at the community level. Includes assessment of community assets and needs and the development of community-level interventions. Emphasis is also placed on helping the practitioner evaluate the impact of intervention.
SOC WK 4350 Social Work Organizations (3)
Prerequisites: Junior standing. This course seeks to help develop knowledge of organizational functioning and an understanding of organizational history, principles and philosophy of effective administration. Students develop theoretical and empirical understanding of groups and organizations, including concepts such as power and authority, organizational structure, goals, membership, leadership, motivation, technology and organizational culture. They will learn to develop a budget and to submit proposals for grant funding. Using a systemic perspective with organizations as settings for practice students learn to function in and through organizations.
SOC WK 4376 Mental Health and Aging (3)
Same as GERON and PSYCH 4376. Prerequisites: 9 hours of psychology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor (MSW students normally take all foundation courses prior to enrolling in this course.) This course provides a survey of theory and research in mental health issues for older populations, focusing on psychological and social aspects of mental health and impairment. The course details approaches to understanding prevalence, etiology, assessment, and treatment of the psychological disorders most commonly experienced by older adults, including anxiety, depression, delirium, and dementia, among others.
SOC WK 4601 Abused and Neglected Children (3)
Prerequisite: SOC WK 3510 or equivalent. This course explores the major concepts necessary for understanding abused and neglected children and their families. Emphasis is placed on (1) defining the problem, including societal stresses which contribute to the abuse and neglect; (2) examining existing practice methods; and (3) understanding the role of the social worker on interdisciplinary teams.
SOC WK 4602 Child Welfare Practicum Seminar (3)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 4800, and consent of instructor. This seminar allows students to integrate previous course work with their experience in child welfare agencies. Classroom discussion will emphasize core competencies needed for child welfare practice.
SOC WK 4610 Domestic Violence: Theory, Problems & Practice (3)
Same as GS 4610. Prerequisite: SOC WK 3510 Focuses on theoretical and empirical understanding of domestic violence in US society and social work practice with battered women and their families. This course addresses direct services, community organizing, and public policy changes to help end violence against women. Relationships between violence against women and other forms of oppression (e.g., racism, economic exploitation, heterosexism and social class) are explored.
SOC WK 4620 Addictions: Assessment and Intervention in Social Work Practice (3)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 4110 or SOC WK 5100 or equivalent (or are taking concurrently), or consent of instructor. This class examines the interface of psychological, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of addiction. This practice class is designed to deepen students’ abilities to address clients’ issues related to addiction and addictive behaviors, including: prevention, assessment, and intervention. It builds on the generalized helping model within systems perspective, and it introduces specialized skills for working with individuals, with specific groups of clients, with families, and with small groups.
SOC WK 4630 Gender Issues in Social Work (3)
Same as GS 4630. Prerequisite: SOC WK 3700, GS 2102, or graduate standing. This course will help students become more sensitive to the social and welfare concerns based on gender. Topics include work, education, family responsibilities, violence against women, and special health service needs. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how social action can be used to bring about positive change.
SOC WK 4641 Crisis Intervention (1)
Prerequisite: SOC WK 4110 or SOC WK 5100 or equivalent (or are taking concurrently), or consent of instructor. This course introduces students to the theoretical framework as well as the skills needed to understand and engage in effective crisis intervention. Students will learn a specialized model for assessment and intervention with people in crisis and will have an opportunity to apply this model to a variety of case situations.
SOC WK 4642 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (1)
Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate Standing. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention is a nonharmful behavior management system designed to aid human service professionals in the management of disruptive and assaultive people. These techniques are used to reduce tension in agitated people, control anxiety during interventions, determine alternative approaches if a person becomes violent. Students will learn how to use nonverbal paraverbal, verbal and physical intervention skills to maintain the best care and safety for clients.
SOC WK 4645 Social Work in Mental Health (3)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 3510 and SOC WK 4110 or the equivalent. The role of social work in the field of behavioral health has evolved over the last thirty years at as the setting for service activity has shifted from inpatient facilities to community-based care and treatment. This course will integrate the basic components of good social work practice with the contemporary role of the social worker in the field of behavioral healthcare. This course will focus on practical applications of social work in the context of working with individuals and families dealing with mental health and/or addiction disorders with an emphasis on consumer empowerment and recovery.
SOC WK 4655 Health and Mental Health of Racial and Ethnic Minorities (3)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 3700 or equivalent and graduate standing or approval of the instructor. This course explores the major health and mental health conditions that adversely affect the well-being and social functioning of racial and ethnic minorities. The course will explore the assessment of health and mental health conditions among varying minority groups, the availability of services to treat these conditions, the accessibility of services, and the quality of care provided to these groups. Traditional barriers to care will be explored including cost of care, societal stigma, client fears, and language differences. The course will also help students develop culturally competent approaches to working with racial and ethnic minorities that are individualized to a target population.
SOC WK 4670 Cross Cultural Perspectives on Social Policy (3)
Prerequisite: SOC WK 3210 or equivalent. This course examines social policies in different countries, which may include social insurance, social assistance, health care, and social services. Using a comparative framework, the course examines the nature of government involvement, and public and private sector relations. It examines adequacy, equity, inclusiveness, comprehensiveness, effectiveness, and efficiency of social policies in the countries being studied.
SOC WK 4680 Introduction to Gerontological Practice (3)
Same as GERON 4680. Prerequisite: Advanced undergraduate or graduate standing. This course introduces key concepts and practices in the evaluation and care of older adults. It is intended for students considering aging-focused careers in the social service or healthcare fields. Topics include developmental and health-related theories of aging, functional and psychosocial aspects of aging, working with older adults in various service settings, multi and inter-disciplinary team approaches, and basic standards of professional conduct that apply across professions.
SOC WK 4800 Supervised Field Experience in Social Work I (4)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 4110 must be taken prior to or concurrently, SOC WK 4801 must be taken concurrently, consent of instructor. This course provides students practice experience in social service agencies. Students work at the agencies approximately 20 hours per week. The purpose of this experience is to familiarize students with agency operations. Selection of the agency is based on student education needs.
SOC WK 4801 Integrative Field Experience Seminar I (2)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and concurrent registration in SOC WK 4800. This seminar provides an opportunity for students to integrate previous course work with their experience in social work agencies. Classroom discussion will emphasize direct practice issues.
SOC WK 4850 Supervised Field Experience in Social Work II (4)
Prerequisites: SOC WK 4800, SOC WK 4801, and consent of instructor. This is a continuation of agency practice experience. Students work at the agency approximately 20 hours per week and may continue at the same agency as SOC WK 4801, or change agencies with the consent of the instructor.
SOC WK 4851 Integrative Field Experience Seminar II (2)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and concurrent registration in SOC WK 4850. This seminar is a continuation of SOC WK 4801. Classroom discussion will emphasize administration and community organization issues.
SOC WK 4900 Special Study (1-10)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Independent study through advanced readings in method and philosophy on a topic of particular interest, or field research in an agency.
SOC WK 4911 Staff Management Issues in Nonprofit Organizations (1)
Same as POL SCI 4911 and P P ADM 4911. Prerequisite: Junior Standing. This course addresses issues involved in managing staff in nonprofit organizations. The course will cover the following topics: fundamentals of staff supervision; balancing supervisory processes with counseling and coaching; selecting, hiring, evaluating, and terminating staff; legal issues that affect these processes.
SOC WK 4912 Legal Issues in Managing Nonprofit Organizations (1)
Same as POL SCI 4912 and P P ADM 4912. Prerequisite: Junior Standing. This course addresses legal issues involved in managing and governing nonprofit organizations. The course will cover the following topics: The Board as steward of the organization; Director and officer liability; tax laws concerning charitable giving; legal issues in managing staff and volunteers (e.g., hiring, evaluating, and terminating employees); Missouri nonprofit law.
SOC WK 4913 Financial Issues in Managing Nonprofit Organizations (1)
Same as POL SCI 4913 and P P ADM 4913. Prerequisite: Junior Standing. This course addresses financial issues involved in governing and managing nonprofit organizations. The course will cover the following topics: Cash flow analysis; budgeting; fund accounting; cost accounting (determining costs for programs and services); understanding and using standard financial statements, including balance sheets, cash flow statements, statements of activity, and operating and capital budgets.
SOC WK 4940 Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3)
Same as P P ADM 4940, POL SCI 4940, SOC 4940. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Addresses the role and scope of the independent sector in the United States, as well as the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations within that sector. Topics include the economic and political scope of the independent sector, the role of volunteerism in a democratic society, and the role and scope of philanthropy. Topics in voluntary organization management and leadership include: the dynamics, functions and membership structure of NPOs, especially staff-board and other volunteer relations; governance and management of NPOs; resource mobilization; and program development management and evaluation.
SOC WK 4950 Seminar in Social Work Issues (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A variable-credit course examining current and future considerations in designing and implementing social work service and delivery arrangements. Issues will be selected according to interests of the class. Course may be taken more than once for credit as different topics are offered.
SOC WK 4960 American Philanthropy and Nonprofit Resources Development (3)
Same as POL SCI 4960 and P P ADM 4960. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. This course addresses the history, philosophy, roles and scope of philanthropy in the United States, including its role in the nonprofit, voluntary sector. It further examines the contemporary forces which impact philanthropy and charitable giving, both by institutions and individuals. The course examines the effective planning and management of development programs (e.g., annual giving), fund raising vehicles (e.g., mail solicitations) and the fund raising process, from planning through donor relations.