University of Vermont

UVM Course Directory

Term: Fall 2017

Subject: Social Work

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.

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.

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.

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.

SWSS 147 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

SWSS 171 - Field Experience Seminar I

Weekly integrative seminar; discussion of practice within field agency. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in SWSS 173.

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.

SWSS 200 - Contemporary Issues

Content and structure may accommodate special issues not especially appropriate within the boundaries of an existing course. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SWSS 340 - Trans. Change in SW Orgs

This course prepares social workers to lead transformative organizational change; change that reorients the way the organization functions through critical questioning of standing organizational discourse and practices. Topics include: futures research, change models, constructivist approaches, & social inequity and difference. Prerequisites: Completion of first year of the MSW program or Advanced Standing status in the MSW program.

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.

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.