University of Vermont

UVM Course Directory

Term: Spring 2018

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 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.

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 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.

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 148 - 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, and SWSS 147.

SWSS 150 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

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.

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.

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.

SWSS 172 - Field Experience Seminar II

Weekly integrative seminar; discussion of practice within field agency. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in SWSS 174.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

SWSS 336 - Addressing Substance Abuse SW

In this course, students will investigate the research on the etiological and contributing factors to substance abuse, and study gender specific and culturally responsive treatment strategies, than include trauma-focused, motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Prerequisites: Social Work majors, Concentration year status (completion of foundation year or having advancing 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.