Social Work (SW)

SW 101. Social Work Orientation1 Unit

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: This class is designed to help students gain an increased awareness of academic support services offered throughout the University of Louisville and the Kent School of Social Work Advising and Student Services. It will allow BSW students to explore their academic and social self-awareness to create the best strategy for their career at the university. This orientation course is designed to help acclimate students to college life. The course will give the student information about how to plan which courses to take to stay on track with their BSW major, how to get involved on campus and future career paths of a social worker.

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SW 201. Introduction to Social Work - D1, SB3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: This course introduces students to the profession of social work, its Code of Ethics, values base and commitment to social justice and working with vulnerable and oppressed groups. Students are exposed to the profession's history as well as current social issues and trends. The course provides an introduction to the roles of the generalist social work practitioner within a theoretical framework that includes systems theory, an ecological perspective, a problem-solving model, and the value of diversity. The course stresses self-awareness in determining suitability for a career in social work.

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SW 202. Intimate and Family Relationships - SB3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: The course introduces students to the scientific study and understanding of couple and family life. Examination of attitudes and values regarding intimate relationships is encouraged. Class activities and assignments enable students to integrate personal experiences with newly gained understanding and knowledge.

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SW 203. Human Biology for Social Sciences3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: The course is designed to be a supporting course for bachelor degree students in social work. In each session,we consider fundamental physiological conditions and the structures related to each condition. While the course emphasizes normal functioning, each discussion will include examples of alterations caused by illness and exposure to exogenous substances (drugs, medications, and infections).

Note: Cross-listed with PSYC 305 and HSS 202.

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SW 204. Introduction to Social Statistics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Completion of General Education Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement.

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce Bachelor of Social Work students to quantitative tools used to describe/interpret data used in social work practice, research, and policy formation. Students learn to plan and conduct analyses guided by understanding of social work.

Note: Cross-listed with MATH 109, PSYC 301, SOC 301, CJ 326, MGMT 201.

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SW 205. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Issues and Social Welfare3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SW 201.

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce contemporary topics related to the social welfare of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals. Issues addressed are related to development, health disparities, family, research, history and ethics.

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SW 301. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Completion of General Education requirements and admission to BSW program.

Description: Focuses on society at large (social movements, social institutions and social structure), larger environments (physical environment, communities, and formal organizations) and small groups.

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SW 302. Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Completion of General Education requirements and admission to BSW program.

Description: Explores the historical context and evolution of social welfare policy, and how dominant values and contextual factors shape policy in a broad range of social welfare arenas.

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SW 303. Generalist Practice I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Completion of General Education requirements and admission to BSW program.

Description: Orients students to the helping process and the generalist perspective. Emphasizes systems theory, the ecological model and strengths based perspectives and explores methods of interventions to enhance social functioning.

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SW 304. Generalist Practice II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 303.

Description: Addresses the development of the knowledge and skills necessary for generalist social work practice with individuals, maintaining the context and relationship with the environment.

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SW 315. Mental Health3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW students.

Description: This course is designed to familiarize the student with a body of knowledge and the service delivery system known as mental health.

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SW 319. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 301.

Description: Focuses on families, dyads, and the individual person (biological person, psychological person, spiritual person and the lifespan development).

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SW 322. Issues in Policy and Service Delivery3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 302.

Description: Emphasizes the interrelationship between problem conceptualization, policy options, and their impact on social work practice and clients and analyzes these interrelationships in fields of child welfare,health, mental health and aging.

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SW 333. Social Work and Human Sexuality3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW students.

Description: This course provides knowledge about physical, behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual aspects of human sexuality.

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SW 336. Death and Grief3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: The main purpose of this course offering is to prepare bachelor's and master's level social workers for effective practice with persons experiencing terminal illness as patients, family or caregivers and persons coping with grief and loss.

Note: HBSE I and II recommended, not required.

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SW 352. Child Abuse and Neglect (Child Maltreatment)3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW students.

Description: This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to child abuse and neglect from a social work perspective.

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SW 353. Child Abuse Interventions3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): SW 352; restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: In this course, students will learn about various practice skills and treatment interventions related to social work with abused/neglected children and their families.

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SW 361. Special Issues in Alcohol and Drug Counseling3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: This course includes highly specialized and advanced topics in addiction treatment to prepare students to begin practice in Alcohol and Drug Counselor training. Content will round out and complete a basic course of study for alcohol and drug counselors that was not adequately addressed in substance abuse and motivational interviewing classes. These advanced topics will 1) generally aid students in submitting the application for certification as alcohol and drug counselors, 2) provide students with required case management training for working in a licensed alcohol and other drug treatment facility, and 3) prepare students for working within multidisciplinary teams and gain familiarity with clinical supervision methods utilized in substance abuse treatment programs. 4) Students will become familiar with the use of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) a very common assessment tool widely used in substance abuse treatment settings. The complexity and demonstrated efficacy of specialized treatment for substance abuse disorders is well documented and preparation to work with this problem will be valuable across a range of populations; including, but not limited to individuals treated in traditional and non-traditional treatment settings. Evidence based knowledge is progressively improving the effectiveness of treatment. This course will utilize a convergence of knowledge to prepare students for their role in advancing the treatment of alcohol and other drug dependency.

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SW 362. Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: Examines current issues associated with substance abuse. Prevailing paradigms related to substance abuse are explored and pragmatic intervention strategies for dealing with those abusing substances are presented and applied.

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SW 381. Social Gerontology3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: This course is designed to enable students to understand the complexity of the aging process from the perspective of the individual, the family and society.

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SW 382. Social Work Practice with Older Adults3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of assessment and clinical intervention with older adults.

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SW 384. Spirituality and Social Work3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: This course is offered as an elective course and provides in-depth examination of the meaning of spirituality for social work practice.

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SW 385. Planning and Community Development3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: Using theories from the behavioral and social sciences, this course will provide students with a basic theoretical, methodological, value and skill base in social planning within a context of community development, organization and advocacy.

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SW 397. Special Topics in Social Work3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: Selected topics in Social Work. Topics chosen will reflect the needs of the students and the background of the instructor. May be repeated under different subtitles.

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SW 405. Generalist Practice III3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 303 and SW 304; SW 470 (or concurrent) and SW 472 (or concurrent).

Description: Focuses on mezzo systems. Applications of Social Work values, knowledge and methods with families and small groups is emphasized.

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SW 406. Generalist Practice IV3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 405; SW 471 (or concurrent) and SW 473 (or concurrent).

Description: Engage Social Work skill development and practice in the application of knowledge, skills, and methods to the macro systems of professional practice including neighborhoods, communities and organizations.

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SW 415. Mental Health3 Units

Description: This course is designed to familiarize the students with the body of knowlege and the service delivery system known as "mental health." The factors of human experience that promote mental health or serve as a barrier to healthy functioning will be examined.

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SW 426. Introduction to Social Work Research3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 304.

Description: Provides students the foundation knowledge for scientific inquiry, covering all aspects of the research process from problem formulation to writing of the research report.

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SW 442. Psychopathology3 Units

Description: This course examines concepts of labeling theory, stigma, strengths perspective, and the clinical use of diagnostic classification of psychopathology from a social work perspective. The implications of various definitions of psychopathology and the uses of diagnostic systems to inform practice, policy, and promote social justice are considered.

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SW 459. Introduction to Family Therapy Practice3 Units

Description: This course emphasizes understanding assessment, case planning, and intervention in couple and family therapy. The students will be introduced to the major assessment and intervention ideas/skills associated with the major schools of marital family therapy. Skill development will encompass systemic assessment, consensus building, case planning and the tools necessary to conduct an initial interview.

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SW 460. Motivation and Change3 Units

Description: The course focus is on theory and evidence based practice methods aimed at engaging resistant people in the process of change: Motivational interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, yet directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation for change. BSW Upper Division Elective.

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SW 464. Social Work and the Law3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students admitted to Kent School of Social Work BSW program.

Description: This course is designed to: 1) familiarize students with the legal system and the various roles of social workers within the legal arena; 2) increase student understanding of the impact of the legal system on social work clients and client groups; 3) increase student understanding of the interface of the law with professional social work practice; and 4) develop and enhance the skills needed by the professional social worker in situations where social work and the law interface.

Note: Previously taught as SW 364.

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SW 470. Practicum I6 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 405 (or concurrent) and SW 472 (or concurrent).

Description: Provides an educationally supervised practicum within a human services organization, developing a social work perspective and skills with a range of client systems;: individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities.

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SW 471. Practicum II6 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 470; SW 406 (or concurrent) and SW 473 (or concurrent).

Description: Provides an educationally supervised practicum within a human services organization, developing a social work perspective and skills with a range of client systems: individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities.

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SW 472. Practicum Seminar and Lab I - CUE3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 405 (or concurrent) and SW 470 (or concurrent).

Description: Supplements through class discussion, readings, and role play the experiences of the practicum, creating an arena for integration of practice theory and content.

Course Attribute(s): CUE - This course fulfills the Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) requirement for certain degree programs. CUE courses are advanced-level courses intended for majors with at least 90 earned credits/senior-level status.

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SW 473. Practicum Seminar and Lab II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): SW 472; SW 406 (or concurrent) and SW 471 (or concurrent).

Description: Supplements through class discussion, readings, role play the experiences of the practicum, creating an arena for integration of practice theory and content.

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