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SWO 210 Applied Statistics for Social Work Practice (B,M)

Open only to majors and intent-to-major, this class provides a basic introduction to the conceptual and quantitative tools used to describe and interpret data in the conduct of social work practice and research. Students learn how to select, calculate, and interpret appropriate statistical methods applicable to common data analysis situations related to direct practice, administration and planning, and policymaking, including descriptive data analyses, nonparametric tests, and inferential statistical analyses. Meets SUNY M General Education Requirement. NYSED requires a minimum course grade of “C” (undergraduate sections) for certification. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 221 Intro to Generalist Social Work Practice (B)

Prerequisites minimum grade of C: (BIO221 or BIO281) and PSH110 and SOC100.

This course provides an overview of professional social work. The course examines the historical development of the profession and introduces the profession’s values, ethics, and practice principles to identify trends in the profession with emphasis on undergraduate generalist practice. Prepares social work students for field practicum. The course requires students to complete three hours of volunteering at an approved social service agency as part of a larger service-learning project. Course requires a minimum grade of “C” for Major/Minor/Certification. Open only to majors. 3 Cr. Fall.

SWO 301 Human Behavior/Social Environment I (B)

Prerequisites: PSH110, SOC100, and (BIO221 or 281) with minimum grade of C.

This course explores the bio-psycho-social-spiritual and cultural functioning of human beings across the life span using an ecological-systems lens. Students will analyze major developmental theories for culturally responsive, generalist social work practice. Three credits. Open only to majors.Course requires a minimum grade of "C" for major. 3 Cr. Fall.

SWO 304 Case Management: The Generalist Method in Social Work Practi (B)

Prerequisites: require a minimum grade "C": (BIO221 or BIO281) and PSH110, SOC100.

This course provides an introduction for effective case management skills in the profession of social work. Students will develop skills to create client-centered, culturally-responsive service plans, link clients to resources, and continuous case documentation. The focus will be how social workers approach case management and populations served. Open only to majors. Course requires a minimum grade of “C” for Major. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 310 Practice Informed Research and Research Informed Practice (B)

Prerequisites minimum grade of C: (BIO221 or(BIO281) and PSH110, SOC100, SWO21.

This course offers an overview of research methods as applied to the assessment and evaluation of social work interventions, methods, policy, and service delivery. It covers the principles of scientific inquiry, culturally informed and ethical approaches to building knowledge and is designed to develop students’ ability to locate, interpret, and critically analyze research-based articles. Open only to majors. Course requires a minimum grade of “C” for Major. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 311 Social Welfare Policy (B)

Prerequisites minimum grade of C: (BIO221 or BIO281) and PSH110 and SOC100.

This course explores the role of the social worker in policy development and implementation. The course provides students with a basic understanding of the policy process, information on major social welfare policies, social welfare history, economic factors and political contexts, and how to advocate for social, political, and policy changes that address human needs and ameliorate social problems. Open only to majors. Course requires a minimum grade of “C” for Major. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 323 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (B)

Prerequisite: BIO221 or 281 and PSH110 and SOC100 with a minimum grade of "C".

This course explores how diverse identities experience discrimination, oppression, and marginalization, and how these perceptions and experiences relate to social, economic, and environmental justice and injustice. A human rights approach is utilized to identify ways in which oppression of vulnerable groups is perpetuated, as well as ideologies that foster exclusion. Students will begin to explore their own identity and the identify of others through a cultural humility perspective, understanding social and economic justice disparities, both in the United States and internationally. Students will recognize the role of social workers in addressing these disparities. Open only to majors, Required course requires a minimum grade of "C" for major/minor/certification. 3 Cr. Fall.

SWO 341 Micro Social Work Theories and Practice (B)

Prerequisites minimum grade of C: (BIO221 or BIO281) and PSH110 and SOC100).

This course provides basic knowledge, theories, and skills as a foundation for generalist social work practice with individuals and families. More specifically, it analyses the application of theories and methods to social work practice with individuals and families, teaching communication skills, relationship-based social work skills and the utilization of generalist intervention model of change. Open only to majors. Course requires a minimum grade of “C” for Major. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 342 Mezzo Social Work Theories and Practice (B)

Prerequisites minimum grade of C: (BIO221 or BIO281) SWO341, PSH110 SOC100.

This course provides students with the knowledge and transferable skills necessary to utilize social group work as a modality in enhancing the well-being of individuals. Students are introduced to the principles of selected group work theories and techniques for effective undergraduate social work group practice. Open only to majors. Course requires a minimum grade of “C” for Major. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 411 Human Service Systems/Policy Analysis (A)

Prerequisite SWO 311, Open only to majors.

Covers concepts, methods and frameworks used in the analysis and change of social welfare policy; human service systems in relation to social policy; economic and political contexts in relation to social policy; legislated social policies relevant to the social work profession. Course requires a minimum grade of "C" for major/minor/certification. 3 Cr. Fall.

SWO 441 Macro Social Work Theories and Practice (B)

Prerequisites: (BIO221 or BIO281) and PSH110, SOC100, SWO 341,SWO 342.

This course provides basic knowledge, theories, and skills as a foundation for generalist social work practice with a focus on organizations, communities, and policy practice. Critical evaluation and application of macro-practice concepts are explored. Open only to majors. Course requires a minimum grade of “C” for Major. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 451 Social Work Field Instruction I (B)

$21 Course fee required. Prerequisites: SWO 210, 221, 301, 304, 311, 323, 341, 342. Corequisite: SWO455. Allows for the application of social-work skills and knowledge to implement tasks and strategies of an entry-level generalist social worker in a service delivery system. Requires minimum grade of "S" for major/minor/certification. Open only to majors. 4 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 453 Social Work Field Instruction II (B)

$21 Course fee required: Prerequisites: SWO451 with "S" grade and SWO455 and Corequisite SWO457 with minimum "C" grades. Open only to majors. Provides a continuation of SWO 451 with an emphasis on elaboration and refinement of skills in a service delivery system. Requires a minimum grade of "S" for major/minor/certification. 4 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 454 Social Work Field Instruction (Block) (B)

$21 Course fee required. Prerequistites: SWO210, 221, 301, 304, 311, 323, 341, 342 and Corequistie SWO 456 with minimum grade of "C". Prerequisite: open only to majors. Open only to majors. Combines SWO 451 and 453 in a concentrated, four-to-five day/week block field placement. Eight credits per semester, by arrangement with the Coordinator of Field. 8 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 455 Seminar in Field Instruction I (B)

Prerequisites: SWO210, 221 301, 304, 311, 341, 342 with minimum grade of C and Corequisite: SWO451 with minimum S grade.

Open only to majors. This must be taken concurrently with Social Work 451. This course provides the opportunity to achieve integration of classroom learning with field experience; resolution of discontinuity regarding the development of social work competencies in the field setting; development and integration of responsibilities of social worker's professional role. Requires minimum grade of "C" for major/minor/certification. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 456 Seminar in Field Instruction (Block) (B)

SWO 210 221, 301, 304,323, 311, 341 & 342; Corequistie: SWO454 all with minimum "C" grade. Provides a continuation of SWO 455. Open only to majors. 4 Cr. Fall.

SWO 457 Seminar in Field Instruction II (B)

Prerequisites: SWO 451 (minimum "S" grade) and SWO455 (minimum D- grade) and Co-requisite SWO453 (minimum "S" grade).

Open only to majors. Provides a continuation of SWO 455. Provides an opportunity to review and integrate course content from all of the program components. Requires a minimum grade of "C" for major/minor/certification. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 475 Women's Lives (A,I,W,Y)

Cross-listed as WMS 475.

Examines women as clients, helpers, and policy makers in the context of social forces, values, and attitudes. Explores the theoretical, developmental, political and social implications of women's changing roles. Open to selected upper-division undergraduates. 3 Cr.

SWO 476 Issues of Aging in America (A,I)

Examines the older person as an evolving individual; bio-psycho-social elements in the aging process; major issues related to the older person, the aging process; and the society. Compares the needs of the elderly with the service systems program and discusses methods of intervention specifically needed for the older person. 3 Cr.

SWO 477 Perspectives on Older Adults and the Aging Family (A)

Provides in-depth analysis of select issues faced by older adults and their families using a multi-systems perspective and service learning activities. Bridging theory and practice, content utilizes a case study methodology to reflect practice-based situations encountered by health providers, older adults and their families. Topics include family caregiver/care recipient experiences, loss/resiliency, advance directives/end-of-life decision-making, impact of substance abuse on aging families, and elder abuse. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 479 People with Disabilities (A)

Provides an in-depth analysis of select issues faced by people with disabilities and their families using a multi-systems perspective and collaborative learning activities. Bridging theory and practice, the course content utilizes a case study methodology to reflect practice-based situations encountered by people with disabilities. Topics include: policy and laws with emphasis on the American with Disabilities Act and educational laws. Areas of study include vision and hearing loss, developmental disabilities and physical and mobility conditions. 3 Cr. Summer.

SWO 481 Social Problems in the Global Community (A)

Explores service in attempting to resolve social problems in the global community through micro and macro activities, from feeding the poor to engaging revolution. Students will explore the influences of history, culture, and practice arenas of services for the poor and particularly vulnerable populations in a variety of nations, with a view toward improving the lives of the exploited and disadvantaged. 3 Cr.

SWO 485 Practice with Sexual Minority Communities (A)

Uses a gay-affirmative framework to examine practice with gender identity and sexual orientation identity. History of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, including self-help and professional social service responses, will be discussed. Students will examine own biases and strengths within the context of gay-affirmative, social justice oriented practice. Intersectionality of racial and ethnic identity, social class identity and other cultural identities explored. 3 Cr. Summer.

SWO 492 Topics in Social Work (A)

Provides an intensive study of a specific topic with a small group of students. May be repeated for credit if topics are different. 1-6 Cr.

SWO 497 Fall Prevention and Older Adults (A)

Social Work 497/597, an interprofessional elective, is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become trained as a matter of Balance ‘coach’ and implement the program for a group of older adults. The training will prepare students to lead a group of 12 older adults in an 8-session program. 3 Cr. Summer.

SWO 498 Integrative Approaches to Global Social Work – Russia (B)

This course is designed to introduce student to international social work practice abroad. The course works on developing knowledge and skills in culturally competent approaches that effectively enhance assets and empower individuals, families, groups, agencies and communities within an international context, specifically those impacted by trauma and domestic violence including child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence and elder mistreatment. This course provides a beginning knowledge base for international social work practice from a collaborative perspective with emphasis on reciprocity with the host culture, to address the challenges of child abuse and neglect, mental illness, family violence and substance abuse. 3 Cr.

SWO 499 Independent Study in Social Work (A)

Enables students to complete an independent project related to either academic or field study in an individually designed course. Enrollment by permission of and in consultation with social work faculty; and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. Credits Vary. 1-6 Cr.

Graduate Courses

SWO 570 Professional Ethics (B)

Ethical behavior is rooted in moral philosophy. This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and in-depth ability to apply ethical theory, rank-ordering, and ethical reasoning to ethical dilemmas in professional practice by examining moral philosophy and critically reflecting on one’s own value system. Course content will highlight contemporary professional issues in social work practice (e.g. confidentiality, privileged communication, boundaries, conflict of interest, dual and multiple relationships) as well as examining contemporary moral issues of interest to students( e.g. death penalty). 3 Cr.

SWO 576 Issues of Aging in America (A)

Examines the older person as an evolving individual; bio-psycho-social elements in the aging process; and major issues related to the older person, the aging process and the society. Compares the needs of the elderly with the service system's response and discusses methods of intervention specifically needed for the older person. 3 Cr.

SWO 577 Perspectives on Older Adults and the Aging Family (A)

Provides in-depth analysis of select issues faced by older adults and their families using a multi-systems perspective and service learning activities. Bridging theory and practice, content utilizes a case study methodology to reflect practice-based situations encountered by health providers, older adults and their families. Topics include family caregiver/care recipient experiences, loss/resiliency, advance directives/end-of-life decision-making, impact of substance abuse on aging families, and elder abuse. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 579 People with Disabilities (A)

Provides an in-depth analysis of select issues faced by people with disabilities and their families using a multi-systems perspective and collaborative learning activities. Bridging theory and practice, the course content utilizes a case study methodology to reflect practice-based situations encountered by people with disabilities. Topics include: policy and laws with emphasis on the American with Disabilities Act and educational laws. Areas of study include vision and hearing loss, developmental disabilities and physical and mobility conditions. 3 Cr. Summer.

SWO 585 Practice with Sexual Minority Communities (A)

Uses a gay-affirmative framework to examine practice with gender identity and sexual orientation identity. History of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, including self-help and professional social service responses, will be discussed. Students will examine own biases and strengths within the context of gay-affirmative, social justice oriented practice. Intersectionality of racial and ethnic identity, social class identity and other cultural identities explored. 3 Cr. Summer.

SWO 597 Fall Prevention and Older Adults (A)

Social Work 497/597, an interprofessional elective, is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become trained as a matter of Balance ‘coach’ and implement the program for a group of older adults. The training will prepare students to lead a group of 12 older adults in an 8-session program. 3 Cr. Summer.

SWO 640 Sex, Drugs and Cigarettes: Addictions in Social Work (A)

This course provides a survey of various chemical and behavioral addictions, including, but not limited to, alcohol, illicit drugs, eating disorders, and sexual addictions. Students will learn about the addictive cycle and its impact on persons across the lifespan. 3 Cr.

SWO 641 Social Work with Urban Children and Families (B)

This course, focusing on direct practice with urban children and families, examines the unique barriers facing this population encompassing social, educational, political, and cultural factors. Emphasis will be placed on practitioner cultural competencies and the demythologizing of stereotypes which can hinder effective interventions. 3 Cr.

SWO 654 Evidence Based Practice Seminar (B)

Aimed at developing the knowledge and skills necessary for working with individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness using recovery-oriented, evidence-based practices. It is designed for MSW students and MSW mental health practitioners. Students will become familiar with evidence-based practices, within a recovery-oriented paradigm, as a general approach to practice as well as specific evidence-based interventions to use for individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness. It is assumed that students will have a basic knowledge of serious mental illness as a pre- or co-requisite, however a review will be provided. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 655 Mental Health Recovery (A)

This course explores the concept of Mental Health Recovery and prepares students to provide Recovery-Oriented Social Work to adult individuals, families and groups. Students will gain an understanding of Mental Health Recovery as a personal process for an individual diagnosed with “mental illness” and will be introduced to various intervention, practices and policies that support Mental Health Recovery. The course will explore the ways in which a Strengths and Empowerment approach support Recovery along with other topics including Self-Determination, Wellness Self Management, Person-Centered Planning, Shared Decision Making and Peer Support. 3 Cr.

SWO 670 Sex, Drugs & Cigarettes- Addictions in Social Work (B)

Provides a survey of various chemical and behavioral addictions, including, but not limited to, alcohol, illicit drugs, eating disorders and sexual addictions. Students will learn about the addictive cycle and its impact on persons across the lifespan. Study will participate in the evaluation of various casual and treatment models, focusing upon paradigms for recovery. 3 Cr.

SWO 698 Integrative Approaches to Global Social Work -Russian (A)

This course is designed to introduce students to international social work practice abroad. Students develop knowledge and skills in culturally competent approaches to effectively enhance assets and empower individuals, families, groups, agencies and communities within an international context, specifically those involved with gerontological issues and to health and social services. This course provides a knowledge base for international social work practice from a collaborative perspective with emphasis on reciprocity and formal caregiving, service delivery models and Interprofessional approaches in identifying and managing functional health challenges. 6 Cr. Summer.

SWO 699 Independent Study in Aging (A)

Provides an individualized opportunity for a graduate student to engage in an aging-focused research and/or service project. Expectations will vary depending on the student’s area of interest and number of credits. (1-3 credit hours). 1-3 Cr.