SWK Courses

SWK101 - Introduction to the Social Work Profession (3 cr.)

This course introduces students to the profession of social work. Students will be acquainted with the purposes, structure, values, ethics, knowledge base, and practice methods of professional social work. The types of agencies employing social workers, and the client groups serviced by social workers will be examined. Through this course, students can determine their interest in pursuing a career in professional social work. (Once per year).

SWK199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

SWK260 - Introduction to Social Welfare (3 cr.)

This course analyzes the history, organization and adequacy of major cash support, in-kind, and social service programs in the U.S. Particular attention is paid to the ideological, political and economic factors that have shaped their development. The emergence of social work as a profession and the role of social workers in social welfare programs are also examined. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SOC101.

SWK299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

SWK300 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3 cr.)

HBSE is a sequence of two courses that focuses on human development in the context of the social environment. Throughout the sequence, a person-in-environment perspective is utilized to interpret the situations of individuals, families and groups. These situations are evaluated in the light of social work values and ethics. The first course in the sequence focuses on the human life cycle viewed in the context of the social environment. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: BIO100 or BIO103, PSY101, SOC101, junior standing, social work majors only.

SWK302 - Generalist Practice I (3 cr.)

This is the first of three courses that prepare students for generalist professional practice. The purposes, historical roots, structure, fields of practice, values and ethics of professional social work are presented. A systems approach to persons(s)-in-environment practice with client systems of various sizes and diverse types is presented. Planned change processes used in micro, mezzo, and macro level practice are introduced and communication skills, use of consultation, and use of supervision are included. (Fall). Prerequisite: social work major.

SWK303 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3 cr.)

HBSE is a sequence of two courses that focuses on human development in the context of the social environment. Throughout the sequence, a person-in-environment perspective is utilized to interpret the situations of individuals, families, and groups. These situations are evaluated in the light of social work values and ethics. The second course in the sequence pays attention to those features of culture, the political economy, families, groups, formal organizations, and communities that encourage human development or constrain and thwart it. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SWK300.

SWK304 - Social Welfare in Comparative Perspective (3 cr.)

Analysis of ways in which different societies respond to human needs and risks to human well being. Emphasizing the importance of a society's fundamental values in determining social welfare policies, programs and practices, this course compares and contrasts social welfare in the United States with that of Canada, Mexico, and other nations. International social work and the relationship between global interdependence and social work are introduced and examined. This course is both writing intensive and one in which writing is an integral/intrinsic part of the learning process. This course meets the advanced writing requirements for the Social Work Department. Approved AWR. (Spring). Prerequisites: ENG101, SWK260, social work major.

SWK305 - Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (3 cr.)

This course examines the impact of cultural and ethnic diversity in American society within the framework of social work values. Oppression, exploitation, prejudice, discrimination, and devaluation of groups based on "differences" are explored as historical and contemporary characteristics of society. Implications of cultural and ethnic diversity for the profession of social work and the practice of professional social work are emphasized. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: social work major.

SWK306 - Social Work and Mental Health (3 cr.)

This course examines the mental health system from a generalist social work perspective. Attention is given to the political, cultural and economic factors that have influenced policies, organizations and treatment approaches in the mental health field, in the U.S.A. and other countries. Requisite knowledge for effective service delivery and the roles of mental health providers are explored. (Fall). Liberal arts.

SWK307 - The Organizational Context of Social Work (3 cr.)

Examines the relationship between organizations and social work at micro, mezzo, and macro levels, with emphasis on the influence of social policy and contemporary issues. Includes attention to classical and contemporary organizational theory; structural attributes of organizations; ethical conflicts; roles of social workers, and organizational change. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: SWK260; social work major

SWK308 - Selected Topics in Social Work (3 cr.)

Analysis of a selected topic related to the needs of vulnerable populations in society, and relevant social work interventions. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring).

SWK309 - Social Work with Groups (3 cr.)

Introduction to principles of social group work practice, theoretical foundations for understanding properties of group structure and process, and models of group work practice. Students are introduced to skills required for group assessment and effective intervention in group work practice. Students are expsed to opportunities to experience group process and to practice group work skills through a variety of classroom experiences. Emphasis is placed on the versatility of social work group practice in diverse settings. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SWK302.

SWK320 - Issues in Family Violence (3 cr.)

This course explores different types of family violence (spouse abuse, child abuse, incest, dating violence and elder abuse) with regard to the seriousness and the extent of the problem, contributing factors, relationship dynamics, and consequences for the individual, the family, the community, and the larger society. Connections between increased violence in mainstream American culture, shifts in family structures leading to family strain, and patterns of family violence are examined. The relevance of the dimension of diversity particularly religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation to family violence and ameliorative services is considered. Causal theories and their implications for social service programs development are explored. Current social policy and social service structures are considered with regard to their effectiveness in treating and reducing family violence. (Fall or Spring). Prerequisite: SOC101.

SWK399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

SWK401 - Generalist Practice II (3 cr.)

This is the second of three courses that prepare students for generalist practice. Content focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in working with individuals, families, and treatment groups. Central to the presentation of content are the social work values of respect for the dignity and worth of every human being, venerating diversity, client empowerment and self-determination, confidentiality, and social justice. Particular emphasis is placed on approaching generalist practice with critical thinking skills. Throughout this series of courses, populations-at-risk, especially the rural poor of the North Country region are emphasized. Approved AWR. (Spring). Prerequisite: ENG101, social work majors only;SWK302.

SWK402 - Generalist Practice Methods III (3 cr.)

This is the last in a series of three courses that prepare students for generalist professional practice. Content focuses on the development of generalist practice knowledge and skills with task groups, organizations, and communities within the context of social work values. Responsibilities of professional social workers for lifelong learning and continuing professional development are examined. (Fall). Prerequisites: SWK401, senior standing.

SWK403 - Field Practicum in Social Work I (3 cr.)

This course is part I of a two-semester field practicum which provides students with the opportunity to integrate their academic learning in a practice setting under supervision of a qualified field instructor. The two-semester field practicum requires a minimum of 450 hours (225 per semester) of field practice and participation in the field orientation. Each student will complete an education plan of field practicum learning activities consistent with the field practice core competencies and practice behaviors. (Fall). Corequisite: SWK408. Prerequisites: social work majors approved for field practicum.

SWK404 - Field Practicum in Social Work II (3 cr.)

This course is part II of a two-semester field practicum which provides students with the opportunity to integrate their academic learning in a practice setting under supervision of a qualified field instructor. The second semester builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester. The field practicum requires a minimum of 450 hours (225 per semester) of field practice and participation in the field orientation. Each student will complete an education plan of field practicum learning activities consistent with the field practice core competencies and practice behaviors. (Spring). Corequisite: SWK409. Prerequisites: SWK403, SWK408.

SWK405 - Research Methods in Social Work (3 cr.)

Introduction to basic research methods used in professional social work. (Spring). Prerequisites: social work major.

SWK408 - Field Practicum Seminar in Social Work I (1 cr.)

The integrative field practicum seminar is the first of a two-part sequence taken concurrently with the basic field education experience. The seminar provides students with an on-going forum in which to explore practice and professional development issues as they relate to each student's field experience. It provides an opportunity for individual and group reflection on the integration of classroom and field learning. (Fall). Corequisite: SWK403.

SWK409 - Field Practicum Seminar in Social Work II (1 cr.)

The integrative field practicum seminar is the second of a two-part sequence taken concurrently with the basic field education experience. The seminar provides students with an on-going forum in which to explore practice and professional development issues as they relate to each student's field experience. It provides an opportunity for individual and group reflection on the integration of classroom and field learning. The second seminar expands on the knowledge and skills developed in the first seminar. (Spring). Corequisite: SWK404. Prerequisites: SWK403, SWK408.

SWK460 - Social Policy (3 cr.)

This course analyzes how social welfare policies are initiated, legislated, implemented, and evaluated. The political and organizational processes that affect policy creation and implementation are examined. Attention is given to the role of social movements and interest groups in the development of social welfare policies. Special emphasis is given to the ways social policies facilitate or impede racial divisiveness, social injustice, and economic exploitation. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SOC101, SWK260.

SWK499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall).

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Alphabetical Listing of Curriculum Descriptions by Course Subject

A

  • Africana Studies = AAS
  • Accounting = ACC
  • Anthropology = ANT
  • Arabic = ARA
  • Art = ART
  • Asian Studies = ASI
  • Astronomy = AST

B

  • Biology = BIO
  • Business = BUS

C

  • Canadian Studies = CAS
  • Communications Disorders & Sciences = CDS
  • Consumer Economics Management = CEM
  • Chemistry = CHE
  • Counseling = CLG
  • Career Life Planning = CLP
  • Communication Studies = CMM
  • Computer Science = CSC
  • Criminal Justice = CRI

E

  • Economics = ECO
  • Education = EDU
  • Education - Administration = EDA
  • Education - Mathematics = EDM
  • Education - Reading = EDR
  • Education - Special = EDS
  • English = ENG
  • Environmental Science = ENV
  • English as a Second Language = ESL
  • Expeditionary Studies = EXP

F

  • Finance = FIN
  • Foreign Languages & Literature = FLL
  • French = FRE
  • Freshman Seminar = FRS
  • Freshman Experience = FRX

G

  • Geography = GEG
  • Gender & Women's Studies = GWS
  • Geology = GEL
  • German = GER

H

  • Health Education = HED
  • History = HIS
  • Honors = HON
  • Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management = HRT
  • Human Development and Family Relations = HDF

I

  • Interdisciplinary Studies = INT
  • Italian = ITA

J

  • Journalism = JOU

L

  • Latin American Studies = LAS
  • Latin = LAT
  • Leadership = MLS
  • Library Skills = LIB
  • Language & Linguistics = LIN

M

  • Mathematics = MAT
  • Meteorology = MET
  • Military Studies = MTS
  • Management & International Business = MGM
  • Marketing & Entrepreneurship = MKE
  • Minority Studies = MNS
  • Music = MUS

N

  • Nursing = NUR
  • Nutrition = FNI

P

  • Physical Education = PED
  • Philosophy = PHI
  • Physics = PHY
  • Portuguese = POR
  • Political Science = PSC
  • Psychology = PSY

R

  • Reading = RDG
  • Recreation = REC
  • Russian = RUS

S

  • Science & Society = SCI
  • Sociology = SOC
  • Spanish = SPA
  • Social Work = SWK

T

  • Theatre = THE
  • Tutor Training = TTR