University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Courses in Social Work (SWSS)

SWSS 002 - Foundations of Social Work
An introduction to the profession of social work, its functions, values, knowledge, and the problems it addresses. Includes a service-learning component.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 003 - Human Needs & Social Services
Students provide volunteer service in a human service agency, relate observations to theory about clients, agency structure, programs, and operations, and assess their commitment to the profession of social work. Prerequisite: SWSS 002 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 005 - Biosociopolitical Issues SW
Outlines human body organ systems and extrapolates from the biological into the socio-political. Bioethical dilemmas, environmental racism, and multiple chemical sensitivity studied from a social work perspective. Prerequisite: Social Work major or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 007 - Quantitative Meth SW Research
Introduction to statistics and social work research methods. This course introduces students to quantitative methodology in research and practice.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 008 - Civic Engagemnt&Self-Reflectn
This seminar is specifically designed for Dewey House residents to accompany their residential learning experiences and their collective and individual service in the community.
Credits: 1.00
SWSS 047 - D2: Theories in Social Work I
Critical examination of traditional and contemporary theories of social work and human behavior and their application in generalist direct practice social work. Prerequisites: SWSS 002; SWSS 003.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 048 - D2: Theories in Social Work II
Critical examination of traditional and contemporary theories of social work and human behavior and their application in generalist group and macro practice contexts. Prerequisites: SWSS 002; SWSS 003; SWSS 047.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 055 - Special Topics
Designed so that its content and structure may accommodate special issues not offered within the boundaries of an existing course. Open to First-Year and Sophomore students.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SWSS 058 - Civic Engagemnt,Ldrshp,Pub Spk
This course is specifically designed for Dewey House residents in their second year to accompany their residential learning experiences as student directors and their community impact proposal and project.
Credits: 1.00
SWSS 060 - D1:Racism & Contemporary Issue
Study of perception, conceptualization, and comprehension of racism. Strategies, techniques, and procedures to identify and decrease many facets of racism.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 140 - D1:SW w/Indigenous: VT Abenaki
An introduction to social work practice and cultural competency with the Abenaki tribe in Northwestern Vermont. An understanding of tribal history and traditions prepares students to work effectively and respectfully from a cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; Social Work major.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 150 - Independent Study
Supervised practicum, readings, or research on special topics not within the boundaries of an existing course for advanced level students. Prerequisites: Social Work major, Instructor permission, pre-arrangement.
Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
SWSS 160 - Soc Wrk Pr:Chld,Fam&Youth Svc
Explores perspectives relevant to child protection and family support. Emphasizes skills in writing reports, giving oral testimony, making referrals, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical decision making, cultural competence. Pre/co-requisite: Junior status in Social Work; SWSS 002, SWSS 003, SWSS 047, SWSS 048; or permission of Instructor.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 163 - Theory & Integration Prep Sem
This course is a bridge between theories studied in pre- and co-requisite courses and senior year. It prepares the student for their field pacticum. Pre/co-requisites: SWSS 047, SWSS 048, SWSS 164, SWSS 165, and SWSS 166.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 164 - Intro Social Work Research
Introduction to models and methods of social research from a social work perspective. Prerequisite: SWSS 002, SWSS 003, SWSS 047, SWSS 048, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 165 - Iss & Pol in Social Welfare I
An introduction to economic, political, historical, and social forces that influence the development and implementation of social welfare policy. Prerequisite: SWSS 002, SWSS 003, SWSS 047, SWSS 048, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 166 - Iss & Pol in Social Welfare II
In-depth examination of social welfare policy and accompanying social services in the U.S.; major policy analysis models presented and used. Prerequisite: SWSS 165 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 168 - Social Work Practice I
Social work theory and practice methods employed by social workers in providing services to individuals, families, and small groups. Prerequisite: Social Work major, Senior standing or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 169 - Social Work Practice II
Social work theory and practice methods employed by social workers in providing services to groups, organizations, and communities. Prerequisites: Social Work major; SWSS 168; Senior standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 171 - Field Experience Seminar I
Weekly integrative seminar; discussion of practice within field agency. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in SWSS 173.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 172 - Field Experience Seminar II
Weekly integrative seminar; discussion of practice within field agency. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in SWSS 174.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 173 - Field Experience I
Supervised field-based learning of 15-20 hours per week. Students are placed in human service agencies and organizations and learn the application of social work, theory, ethics and skills. Pre/co-requisite: Social Work major;Senior standing; Instructor permission; taken concurrently with SWSS 168 and SWSS 171.
Credits: 6.00
SWSS 174 - Field Experience II
Supervised field-based learning of 15-20 hours per week. Students are placed in human service agencies and organizations and learn the application of social work, theory, ethics and skills. Pre/co-requisite: Social Work major; Senior standing; Instructor permission; SWSS 168 and SWSS 171; taken concurrently with SWSS 169 and SWSS 172.
Credits: 6.00
SWSS 197 - Readings & Research
Prerequisite: Social Work major. Pre-arrangement only. Variable credit.
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
SWSS 198 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
SWSS 199 - Laboratory Experience
Supervised practicum for advanced level students. Pre/co-requisite: Social Work major; Instructor permission; pre-arrangement.
Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
SWSS 200 - Contemporary Issues
Content and structure may accommodate special issues not especially appropriate within the boundaries of an existing course. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SWSS 212 - Social Work Practice I
A comprehensive introduction to concepts and skills employed by social workers in interactions and interventions with individuals, families, and groups is provided. Prerequisite: MSW standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 213 - Social Work Practice II
Knowledge and skills of social work practice with organizations and communities is emphasized. Prerequisite: Completion of SWSS 212; MSW advanced standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 216 - Th Found of Hum Beh&Soc Envr I
This course introduces students to the biological, psychological, cultural/social, and economic forces that influence human behavior and their implication for social work practice. Prerequisite: MSW standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 217 - Th Found Hum Beh&Soc Envr II
Focus is on theories regarding the nature and functioning of human service organizations and communities in relation to meeting human needs. Prerequisite: SWSS 216 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 220 - Soc Welfare Pol & Services I
An introduction to history and philosophy of social work and social welfare and the structure of service programs is provided. Prerequisite: MSW standing or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 221 - Soc Welfare Pol & Services II
Focus is on the analysis of the economic, political, and social forces that influence the development and implementation of social welfare policy. Prerequisite: SWSS 220; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 224 - Child Abuse & Neglect
An MSW foundation elective that considers child abuse and neglect from historical, cultural, sociopolitical and psychological perspectives and examines professional social work responses to them. Prerequisite: Matriculation in the foundation year of Graduate study in Social Work; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 225 - Transf Ourselves&Comm:SW Persp
An MSW foundation elective that examines systems of oppression and social work strategies to decrease biased practices and create more equitable communities and institutions. Prerequisite: Matriculation in the foundation year of graduate study in Social Work; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 226 - Assessment Theory Social Work
An MSW foundation elective analyzing competing and complementary assessment theories and their implications in social work in health/mental health and with children and families. Prerequisite: MSW standing or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 227 - Found of Social Work Research
An introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods of applied social research including program evaluation and the evaluation of practice and application to social work is taught. Prerequisite: MSW standing or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 228 - Aging:A Strength&Hum Right Per
An examination of aging for social work policy and practice from the perspectives of strengths, social justice, human rights and critical social constructionism.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 229 - D2:Soc Work&Disability Rights
A multi-cultural, age, gender, economic and international exploration of having a disability in terms of language, labeling, rights, social location, legislation, services and personal narratives.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 280 - Perspectives on Social Work
Taking a social constructionist stance, students explore guiding concepts of the MSW curriculum and their application to social work practice, policy, human behavior and research. Pre/co-requisite: MSW standing.
Credits: 4.00
SWSS 290 - Foundation Yr Field Practicum
Supervised field-based learning of 15-20 hours per week. Students are placed in human service agencies and organizations and learn the purposeful application of generalist social work theory, ethics, and skills. Prerequisite: Permission of Coordinator of Field Education.
Credits: 3.00 to 4.00
SWSS 293 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SWSS 294 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SWSS 296 - Social Work in Global Context
Study of social work issues in different parts of the world. Located at the University of Lapland in Finland. Prerequisite: Background in human services or social work major; or MSW standing; permission of the Instructor.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 301 - Social Work in Health
Based on examinations of current trends with clients of multiple ages, needs, and cultural perspectives, this course examines social work roles in delivering health services. Prerequisites: Completion of foundation coursework; MSW advanced standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 302 - Social Work in Mental Health
Advanced knowledge and skills in working with children with severe emotional disturbances and adults with persistent mental illness. Community-based services are emphasized. Prerequisites: Completion of foundation coursework; MSW advanced standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 310 - Soc Work W/ Children & Fam I
Focus is on families whose major task is child rearing and child caring. Covers advanced knowledge, concepts, and methods of contemporary child/family services within a family-centered approach. Prerequisites: Completion of foundation course work; MSW advanced standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 311 - Soc Work W/Children & Fam II
Focus is on families with adolescents, families with no children and families with dependent adults. Advanced analysis of families from an adult member perspective and from a critical view of family ideology and myth. Prerequisites: Completion of foundation coursework; MSW advanced standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 314 - Transformative Social Work I
Advanced practice in transformative social work will focus on developing relational, profound, and generative meanings for change across populations, fields of practice and social issues. Prerequisite: Completion of Foundation Year.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 315 - Transformative Social Work II
Advanced practice in Transformative Social Work II will focus on practical applications across populations at risk, field of practice and social issues. Prerequisite: Completion of Foundation Year.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 316 - Integrative Appr Transform SW
In this course students will synthesize their exploration of their area of focus in transformative social work through scholarly reading, research and classroom presentations. Prerequisite: Completion of Foundation Year.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 320 - Adv Soc Welf Policy Anyl&Prac
In depth analysis of social welfare policy with application to children and families or health and mental health is required. There is an emphasis on the skills of the policy practitioner. Prerequisite: Completion of SWSS 220 and SWSS 221; MSW advanced standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 327 - Adv Social Work Research
An analysis of social work research from methodological and theoretical perspectives is emphasized. The application of research to the student's concentration area is required. Prerequisites: Completion of SWSS 227; a basic statistics course; MSW advanced standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 330 - Assessment in Social Work
An advanced MSW concentration elective that analyzes competing and complementary assessment strategies and their implications in social work in health/mental health and with children and families. Prerequisite: Completion of MSW foundation course work; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 331 - Feminist Social Work Practice
An advanced MSW concentration elective that analyzes practice conceptions and dilemmas of feminist social work in a global context and emphasizes professional activism and leadership. Prerequisite: Completion of MSW foundation course work; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 332 - SW w/Battered Women&Children
An advanced MSW concentration elective that investigates theoretical and practical issues of social work practice with battered women and their children and develops related recommendations. Prerequisite: Completion of MSW foundation course work; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 333 - Social Work with Groups
An advanced MSW concentration elective that integrates professional history, conceptual overviews and direct experience with methods for group work distinctive to social work practice. Prerequisite: Completion of MSW foundation course work or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 334 - Intrdsc Sem Neurodev Disabil I
Semianr exploring interdisciplinary process, collaborative teaming, cultural competence and family-centered care as they relate to children and families affected by neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. Pre/co-requisites: Permission of Instructor, Graduate standing. Cross-listed with: CMSI 311, EDSP 295, GRNU 296, PSYC 380, MVSR 381.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 335 - Intrdsc Sem Neurodev Disabil 2
Seminar exploring interdisciplinary process, collaborative teaming, cultural competence and family-centered care as they relate to children and families affected by neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. Pre/co-requisite: Graduate standing. Cross-listed with: CMSI 312, EDSP 295, GRNU 296, PSYC 380, MSVR 381.
Credits: 3.00
SWSS 380 - Prof Issues in Social Work
Designed to cover selected social work issues in depth. Major emphasis on intensive and critical analysis of the literature and practice in a given area. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.
Credits: 2.00 to 4.00
SWSS 390 - Concentration Yr Field Pract
Supervised field-based learning of 15-20 hours per week. Students are placed in human service agencies and organizations and apply advanced social work practice related to an area of concentration. Prerequisite: Completion of all Foundation Year Graduate Level Coursework; permission of Field Education Coordinator.
Credits: 3.00 to 4.00
SWSS 397 - Independent Study
Individual work on Social Work issue(s) selected by the student in consultation with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SWSS 398 - Final Project
A written identification and analysis of a social work issue related to the student's concentration is prepared and presented. Prerequisite: Successful completion of foundation coursework and Instructor permission. Variable three credits. Total of three credits required. Fulfills Graduate College comprehensive examination requirement.
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
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