Social Work Course Descriptions and Syllabi

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I; 3cr (E) Students talk about wanting to make a difference - to change the world in some way. This course, especially designed for freshmen, helps students examine their ideas and values related to making a difference, teaches them to think critically about the meaning and methods of changing the world, and challenges them to integrate thoughtful evidence with their values and beliefs about doing good in the world. With a focus on the profession of social work and other helping professions, the course will consider a variety of social problems, and investigate and critique various approaches to creating change to improve social problems. Open to Freshmen.
(Crosslisted with Nursing, S&A PHM, Ther Sci) I, II; 2 cr (S-E). Introduction to health care systems. Factors affecting health and the value placed on health, the delivery of health care in different settings, the roles of various health workers, and the sociological and economic aspects of health care. Does not count as a B.S.-Pharmacy professional elective. P: Open to all undergrads. PRN's & NUR's must register for 2 cr.
I; 4 cr (S-E). A basic survey. Historical development, formation of social welfare policies, and the role of the social work professional. P: So st.
II; 4 cr (S-E). Provides an awareness of problems and concepts of the policy process in the U.S. Explores the political, economic, and institutional frameworks which structure public social welfare choices. Might include income maintenance, child welfare, mental health, corrections. P: So st.
Irr.; 1-3 cr (E). Topics will vary, reflecting new issues and trends in the social services. See Schedule of Classes for topics. P: Open to Fr.
I, II, SS; 1-3 cr (I). Program of study devised by a student in collaboration with a faculty member. Graded on a lettered basis; requires consent of instructor. P: Cons inst.
I, II; 2-6 cr (A). An approved generalist practice field placement in direct social work practice in a community agency setting. A minimum of 16 hours per week, including an integrative field unit seminar. The first course of the two-seminar field sequence. P: Sr or Grad st; Social Work major; cons of field director.
Irr.; 3 cr (S-I). Nature and dimensions of poverty in the U.S. Individual and social consequences of poverty. Historic and contemporary approaches. Poverty and social welfare policy and programs. P: Jr st.
(Crosslisted with Soc) Irr.; 3 cr (S-I). This course is designed to give students an understanding of the origins, nature and scope and dynamics of the social problems of older adults and their families in the U.S. and to acquaint students with programs and services available to older adults. P: Soc Work 205 or Intro Soc course (Soc 140, 181, 210, or 211).
I; 3 cr (A). Develops generalist social work knowledge and skills for working with and on behalf of individuals, families, and groups. Lectures and labs focus on development of basic social work direct practice skills. P: Sr or Grad st, soc work major.
II; 2 cr (A). Exposes students to the theory and practice of planned change in communities and organizations and helps them incorporate a generalist model into practice at these levels of intervention. P: Sr or Grad st, soc work major, Soc Work 440 & 441.
II; 2-4 cr (S-I). Presentation of social, legal, political, and ethical considerations surrounding the use and abuse of alcohol and psychotropic drugs in the U.S. P: Jr st.
I or II or SS; 3 cr (S-I). Exploration and application of theory to the formation and development of small groups deliberately used by social workers to effect specified change in interpersonal relationships. P: Soc work/welfare major.
II; 3 cr (S-I). Physiological, psychological, and social changes throughout the life cycle. Major crisis and developmental tasks at each point in terms of their implications for social work practice. P: Soc work/welfare major.
II; 3 cr (S-I). Supportive, supplementary, and substitute child welfare services employed in dealing with the problems of dependent, neglected, delinquent children. Scope, method, problems, trends of the services; child welfare in other countries; sociology of the child welfare worker. P: Soc work/welfare major.
I; 3 cr (S-D). An overview of the risk factors and trauma effects of the major forms of family violence. Models of prevention and intervention will be described. Attitudes about family violence will be explored. Basic skills for detecting abuse and making referrals will be taught. P: Jr or Sr st; soc work/welfare majors.
I, II; 4 cr (S-D). Introduction to the complex issues surrounding homelessness in America including epidemiology, demographics, history and public beliefs and attitudes. It explores structural conditions and personal attributes posited as causes of contemporary homelessness. Varying social policies and service needs of homeless persons are discussed. P: Jr or Sr st; soc welfare major.
1 cr (A). Intensive study of selected topics in the field of social work. P: Jr st; cons inst
2 cr. Nature, purpose, function, and organizational content of the profession. Historical development; a consideration of the development of the social welfare institutions, formation of social welfare policies and their impact on practice, and the role of the social work professional. P: Grad st.
2 cr. Analysis of policy issues as applied to such fields as poverty, discrimination, crime, physical and mental health on both national and state levels. P: Grad st.
II; 2-3 cr (S-A). This foundation course prepares social work students to recognize major mental health concerns across the lifespan. The course includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders (DSM) as the organizing framework for reviewing major mental disorders and critique of the current "medical model" approach to mental health in the United States. The course considers mental health issues from a generalist perspective including the role of the social environment, culture and stigma in mental health services, access and policy. P: BSW/MSW students
I or II or SS; 2-3 cr (A). Exploration of the small group as the interventive unit; major models and techniques; principles guiding the selection of the small group approach to intervention based on research knowledge of problems, processes, and outcomes. P: Sr or Grad st, soc work major & Soc Work 440.
II; 2-3 cr (S-A). P: Junior Standing; BSW/social welfare majors or consent of instructor. 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. The course is designed to enhance student understanding of issues related to GLBT individuals in America. A life cycle perspective will be presented to highlight the unique issues of LGBT people at various stages of human development. Overlapping sexual orientation, in addition to these generational considerations, are the many other aspects of diversity present in the LGBT community, including race,ethnicity, class, gender, physical and mental abilities, religion, and national origin. Students will be exposed to empirical literature on LGBT issues that will inform their understanding of past, present, and future challenges facing the LGBT community in light of its many complexities.
I; 2-3 cr (e-S-A). This course prepares students for generalist social work practice in a multicultural society. It discusses Afro-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Asian Americans, and implications are drawn for social policy. P: Soc work/welfare major.
2-3 cr. Drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives and a critical review of the literature, students explore practice implications and interventions regarding problems of adolescents and at-risk youth with a focus on environmental influences that affect normal development. P: Soc work/welfare major.
II; 2-3 cr (S-A). P: Open to Social Welfare Majors, BSW and MSW students and others with instructor consent. This course is designed to enhance students' knowledge base regarding social work services to youth who are troubled and delinquent. The course examines etiological factors that contribute to mental health issues experienced by this population. These factors along with a basic conceptual understanding of child and adolescent psychopathology will be applied to the social work process of assessment, treatment, and prevention for this population.
I, II, SS; 2-3 cr (S-A). Definition, incidence, and prevention of intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Examines the life-cycle needs of this population, as well as social-welfare issues, social services available, and the social worker's role. P: Jr st, soc work/welfare major.
I or II; 2-3 cr (S-A). The course is concerned with physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children, child neglect and exploitation. P: Soc work/welfare major.
I, II; 1-3 cr (S-A). Open to Social Welfare Majors, BSW and MSW students. Others with faculty consent. Focuses on social work practice with children, adolescents, adults and elders who have terminal illness, as well as their families.
II; 2-3 cr (S-A). Social research and problems of project design and programming. Distinctive characteristics of investigations directed to planning, administrative, and scientific objectives. P: Jr st, stat requirement filled, soc welfare major, B.S.W. or M.S.W. stdts.
2-3 cr. Social welfare issues from national and local perspective, research, and foster care practice. P: Jr st and Social Work major, open to special students.
I or II or SS; 2-3 cr (S-A). P: Jr st and Social Work 205 or cons inst.
I or II or SS; 1 cr (A). Intensive study of selected topics in the field of social work. P: Jr st; cons inst.
I or II or SS; 1 cr (A). Intensive study of selected topics in the field of social work. P: Jr st; cons inst.
I; 3 cr (S-A). P: Sr st and cons inst.
II; 3 cr (S-A). P: Sr st & cons inst & Soc Wk 681.
I; 2 cr (S-A). P: Sr st and cons inst.
II; 2 cr (S-A). P: Sr st cons inst & Soc Wk 691.
I, II, SS; 1-3 cr (A). P: Jr or Sr st & cons inst.
Course for students in the Part-Time MSW Program to maintain UW-Madison status when they have partial exemptions and no other courses available. P: Admission to Part-Time MSW Program
2 cr. The literature on human behavior and the environment is reviewed from a bio-psychosocial perspective. Special attention is given to understanding individual and family behavior and development as a function of reciprocal interactions with groups, communities, organizations, and society. P: Grad st.
3 cr. This practice course focuses on a biopsychosocial understanding of mental wellbeing and mental illness from a social work and social environment perspective. It gives special attention to the social work view in relation to the person-in-environment and other classification systems available to the practitioner. The course emphasizes an appreciation of the critical influence of culture, class, race and ethnicity, religion, and social values of the individual, family, group, and social institutions in the assessment of client strengths and vulnerabilities. The course critically reviews current classification systems and major theories regarding the nature of mental disorders, their diagnoses and etiologies, and the treatment approaches available to help people in their recovery. P: Grad standing
(Crosslisted with Urb R Pl) 3 cr. Research methods and statistics used in analyzing planning problems: conceptualization, design, and implementation of planning research; statistical methods for analyzing data including review of inferential statistics, analysis of variance, correlation, and multiple regression; use of computer; review of sources of planning data. P: Grad st.
2 cr. Addresses multi-level interventions with children, youth, and families across multiple service systems, with an emphasis on practice innovations. P: Grad st.
2 cr. An advanced practice course on social work treatment methods with children and adolescents from a cognitive behavioral perspective. Assessment, treatment, and generalization of change strategies; problem-solving; resource development; intervention planning and other practice issues are explored. P: Grad st.
(Crosslisted with Pediat, Nursing, Phm Prac) 2-3 cr. Workshops, case conferences/simulations, and problem-solving exercises are presented by members of an interdisciplinary pediatric team and guest speakers. Course integrates knowledge from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, nutrition, respiratory care, home care, and education with an emphasis on critical transition points in the care of children with chronic disease. P: Grad st and/or cons inst.
2-6 cr. An approved advanced social work practice field placement in an area of concentration. A minimum of 20 hours per week, including an integrative field unit seminar. The first of the two-semester advanced field sequence. P: Grad st; cons of field director.
2 cr. Prepares front line social workers to address mental health needs of older adults and their family members. Examines common mental health conditions, assessment, planning, evidence-based individual, family and group interventions, resources, cultural competence, ethical issues, and contexts for practice. P: Grad st.
(Crosslisted with LAW) 2-3 cr. Marriage and less formal spousal relationships, husband-wife relationships in on-going marriage; divorce and its economic and custody consequences; post-divorce relationships. P: Cons inst required for Social Work.
(Crosslisted with LAW) 3 cr. The relationship of parent and child; the rights of unmarried mothers and fathers and their children; parental rights to custody vis a vis third parties; parents' rights to make decisions affecting children; neglect; termination of parental rights; the foster care system and adoption.
2 cr. This course introduces social work students to the nature and centrality of the experience of loss and subsequent grief in their personal lives, in the lives of their clients, and in their role as professional helpers. P: Grad st.
2 cr. Focuses on the core practice theories, conceptual frameworks, and intervention skills necessary for social work practice in mental health. P: Grad st in social work.
2-3 cr. Prepares students for leadership roles in mental health programs, agencies and organizations. Examines mental health policies and services that influence care and treatment of persons with mental illness and shape mental health care systems, programs and services. P: Grad st.
2 cr. Explores multiple approaches social workers use to influence groups, organizations, communities and systems. Concepts, theories and models of macro level practice and advanced practice skills for addressing complex practice and organizational situations are examined. P: Grad st.
Learning patterns, principles and methods of supervision and consultation. P: Grad st
2-3 cr. Meaning of crisis to client systems and social work practitioners; principles guiding rational decision to intervene at the point of "critical incident". P: Grad st.
2-3 cr. P: grad st. This advanced graduate course will focus on political advocacy strategies in public policy and government settings. To best prepare social workers and those seeking to impact public policy and social change and improve the social and economic status of individuals, families, communities and systems, students in this course will examine the knowledge and political skills, strategies, techniques and actions which influence elected officials and policy makers and the policies, practices, programs, services and resources they establish for people in need through local, state and federal units of government. To find out more about this course, watch a video with instructor Roberta Gassman.
2 cr. An advanced practice course that teaches evidence-based interventions used by clinical social workers in the treatment of serious mental illnesses. P: Grad st.
2 cr. Develops advanced practice knowledge and skills for social workers practicing in health and health care settings. P: Grad st.
2 cr. Provides knowledge about the contemporary organization of health care, as well as policies and services for older adults and people with disabilities. P: Grad st.
(Crosslisted with HDFS, Ed Psych, Nursing) 3 cr. This course provides a theoretical, empirical and practical foundation for prevention science as it relates to the prevention of human social problems. Research and evaluation methods, program design strategies, best practices and policy as they relate to the field of prevention are also examined. P: 2nd yr Grad st or cons inst.
(Crosslisted with HDFS, Ed Psych, Nursing) 1 cr. This course provides an opportunity for students to meet with prevention professionals and scholars from across campus and the community to explore current and emerging issues of prevention research and professtional practice. P: HDFS/Ed Psych/Nurs/Soc Work 880 & cons inst.
II; 3 cr. P: Social Work or La Follette Graduate student or consent of instructor. Nonprofit leadership focuses on developing management skills for the nonprofit area through readings, case materials and structured activities. Students examine the context, issues and skills associated with leadership and management in nonprofit organizations and apply them to challenges and opportunities that confront administration of nonprofits. Cross-listed with the La Follette School of Public Affairs.
2 cr. Considers legislation, policies, and institutional structures that affect children, youth, and families across multiple service systems. P: Grad st.
2-3 cr. Implications of knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences and public welfare policy on child welfare problems and services. P: Grad st.
2 cr. An overview of the risk factors and trauma effects of the major forms of family violence. Models of prevention and intervention will be described. Attitudes about family violence will be explored. Basic skills for detecting abuse and making referrals will be taught. P: Grad st.
2-3 cr. Review of family theory and its relevance for social work practice; an analysis of family subsystems in the U.S.; current research on the American family. P: Grad st.
2-3 cr. History, current understanding, assessment, and treatment of problematic substance abuse. Provided knowledge and social work skills to conceptualize, screen, assess, and treat substance abuse and co-occurring disorders (i.e., mental illness and substance use disorders. A biopsychosocial perspective is emphasized. P: Grad st.
(meets SW 952 requirement)

3 cr. A comprehensive introduction to practice of program evaluation research in social welfare and human development. Developments in descriptive, experimental, quasi-experimental, theory-driven, and naturalistic evaluations detailed. Topics include assessment, evaluation design, monitoring, outcome evaluation, selection bias, program theory, meta-analysis and utilization. P: Grad st.

1 cr. This course is designed to: further the socialization of students to the Ph.D. program, its aims and objectives; provide opportunities for faculty to discuss research interests and doctoral education. P: Grad st.
1 cr. Course designed to: provide a forum for students to discuss experiences, success strategies and research interests; provide opportunities for advanced doctoral students to receive feedback on their research and later, on colloquia they prepare for their job searches.
2-3 cr. P: Cons inst.
1-9 cr. P: Cons inst.

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