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BASW Course Descriptions

Introduction to Social Work (Soc Wf 200, 5 credits) 
Introduction to the field of social work, including the theoretical concepts and institutional framework that guide practice. Overview of social work profession and social welfare system within which it operates. Lectures supplemented by exercises, films, guest lectures, and class discussions.

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (Soc Wf 402, 5 credits) 
First of two-quarter sequence focusing on understanding human development across the lifespan. Integrates biological, psychological, structural, environmental, political, global, and socio-cultural perspectives. Explores relationship between the person and the environment including families, groups, organizations, communities, and institutions.

Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (Soc Wf 403, 5 credits) 
Continuation of Soc Wf 402

Community Service Learning (Soc Wf 315, 2-3 credits) 
Opportunity for students to apply social work theory to practice, to advocate for social justice, and to be involved in community service. Students learn by connecting classroom theory and community-based experience through the completion of community-based projects in social service agencies.

Social Welfare Policy (Soc Wf 320, 5 credits) 
Emphasizes policy and program development in social welfare with emphasis on the context, making, and unmaking of social policy. Covers policy formulation as well as current and emerging policies in social welfare.

Prerequisite: Soc Wf 200. BASW major only.

Cultural Diversity and Justice (Soc Wf 404, 5 credits) 
Provides a forum for students to explore their own values, beliefs, and behaviors and how they might affect their future work with people who are different. Students explore some of the critical issues in race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and other societal forces that affect human functioning. An important outcome is to understand how professionals can use knowledge of diverse groups to build alliances and develop effective working relations.

Introduction to Social Welfare Research (Soc Wf 390, 5 credits) 
Introduces the logic of the scientific method as applied to social work and social welfare, the design and conduct of a research study, data collection and summarization, and skill development in critical consumption of social welfare research. Computer lab utilized.

Prerequisite: STAT 220 or an equivalent introductory statistics course.

Social Welfare Practice I (Soc Wf 310, 3 credits) 
First in a practice sequence that provides a conceptual framework for generalist social work practice and introduces students to the knowledge, values, and skills needed to work with individuals, families, groups, communities, tribes, and organizations. Introduction to the roles, tasks, and functions of the social welfare practitioner as well as theories and methods of assessment, intervention, and evaluation. The sequence emphasizes strengths and empowerment perspectives that promote social justice for marginalized individuals, groups, and communities.

Open only to social welfare practice majors.

Social Welfare Practice II (Soc Wf 311, 3 credits) 
Continuation of Soc Wf 310. BASW majors only.

Social Welfare Practice III (Soc Wf 312, 3 credits) 
Continuation of Soc Wf 311. BASW majors only.

Social Welfare Practice Elective (3 credits) 
Follows Soc Wf 312 and focuses on advanced skills in a particular area of practice (e.g., child welfare practice; chemical dependency). Students choose from among several courses offered in the program.

Practicum Seminar (Soc Wf 405, total 3 credits) 
Meets several times during each quarter of year two with the primary purpose of enhancing students’ integration of social work practicum experiences with prior and concurrent coursework. Methodology includes discussion, class presentations, and simulations of practice situations that combine knowledge and skill utilization.

Open only to social welfare seniors. Taken in conjunction with Practicum (Soc Wf 415).

Practicum (Soc Wf 415, 4 credits, total 12) 
Incorporates and builds upon content and skills acquired in the required curriculum for social welfare. In a selected social service agency, the student is provided the opportunity to develop social work knowledge and skills under the supervision of an experienced social worker. Emphasis is placed on development of the knowledge, perspectives, and skills needed for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. In addition, the development of culturally competent practice and planned social change skills are an integral part of the practicum and are seen as critical for the effective delivery of social services.

In consultation with the BASW practicum coordinator during spring quarter of the first year, students are referred to selected social service agencies. During fall quarter of the second year, students enter the agency to accept social service assignments under the supervision of approved agency personnel. Practicum is taken in three-quarter segments (16+ hours per week), for a total of 480 clock hours. Prerequisite: all first-year course requirements. BASW majors only. CR/NC.