Chatham University

Social Work Curriculum

Major Requirements
18 courses, including:
BIO 135
Applied Human Biology
3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce non-science majors to major aspects of human biology. The course will be taught as a series of modules covering the basic biology of various human systems followed by applications that are appropriate to the needs of students. Three hours of class per week.
PSY 101
General Psychology
3 Credits
An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.
PSY 213
Statistics and Research Design
3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to essential research tools. Topics include frequency distributions, indices of central tendency, variability, and various inferential statistics, including nonparametric techniques. This course also examines research design procedures with an emphasis on analysis of variance. Priority given to psychology, social work and forensics majors.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
PSY 214
Foundations of Behavioral Research
4 Credits
This course examines the scientific method employed by psychologists. Topics include sampling, validity and reliability, experimentation, and field research. Students also conduct laboratory assignments on areas within learning, cognition, and social psychology.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and 213 or permission of the instructor.
SWK 101
Introduction to Sociology
3 Credits
The goal of the course is to introduce students to basic sociological concepts and methods, including socialization, groups, social institutions, collective behavior, and social change. Emphasis is placed on conceptual and methodological tools necessary for the scientific analysis of human interaction and on society's fulfillment of human needs through health, education, and social welfare systems.
SWK 102
Introduction to Social Work and Social Issues
3 Credits
This course examines selected social issues as well as related social welfare policies and programs. It introduces the profession of social work, key aspects of the professional knowledge base, fields of practice, and populations served by social workers.
SWK 201
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
3 Credits
This course examines the development of individuals, couples, and families from birth to adolescence within the framework of relevant biological, psychological, sociological, and social work research and theory. Additionally, it examines the evolution of families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities as systems and their influence on human development and behavior. Attention is also given to the interactions of systems that influence development as well as the impact of gender, race, ethnicity, social, and economic influences on systems and behavior, and implications for social work practice.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.
SWK 202
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
3 Credits
This course is a continuation of Social Work 201. It examines the development of individuals, couples, and families from adolescence to death within the framework of relevant biological, psychological, sociological, and social work research and theory. Additionally, it examines the evolution of families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities as systems and their influence on human development and behavior. Attention is also given to the interactions of systems that influence development as well as the impact of gender, race, ethnicity, social, and economic influences on systems and behavior, and implications for social work practice.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 201 or permission of instructor.
SWK 321
Social Welfare Policy I
3 Credits
This course examines the history, development, context, and current status of the American social welfare system. The American system is compared with policies and programs in other countries. The specifics of major welfare programs such as Social Security and Temporary Aid to Needy Families are explored.
SWK 322
Social Welfare Policy II
3 Credits
This course builds upon and adds to the knowledge gained in Social Work 321. Social welfare policies, programs, and related institutions are examined within the context of the social problems they address. Special focus is given to social welfare policies and programs designed to promote social justice, although economic justice also is addressed. This course also explores the strengths and weaknesses of current interventions and institutions regarding their promotion of social and and economic justice.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 321 or permission of instructor.
SWK 351
Social Work Practice I
3 Credits
This course introduces generalist social work practice, including its philosophy, domains, and values. The role of the practitioner and an overview of the helping process provide the foundation for the study and practice of basic interviewing skills.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 102. Open only to social work and psychology majors, human services administration minors, or with permission of the instructor.
SWK 352
Social Work Practice II
3 Credits
Building on the knowledge and skills acquired in Social Work 351, this course focuses on direct practice with individuals and families, including the assessment, middle, and termination phases of social work practice. Skills for working with diverse populations will be illustrated and practiced using videos and role playing.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 351. Open only to social work majors.
SWK 354
Social Work Practice III
3 Credits
This course examines the essential components of generalist social work practice with groups. Topics include group typology, formation, development, and processes. Strategies for effective leadership with small and large groups are explored using both didactic and experiential methods.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 351; Open only to social work majors.
SWK 355
Social Work Practice IV
3 Credits
Organizational and community theories are examined and linked to agency design and administration, community organization, and social planning. Models of intervention are evaluated in terms of existing power structures, underlying assumptions, and potential for enhancing social and economic justice. Strategies based on the strengths perspective and aimed at empowering disadvantaged groups receive special attention.

Prerequisite(s): SWK 351; Open only to social work majors.
SWK 460
Integrative Seminar in Social Work
3 Credits
The capstone course of the social work program, this seminar requires students to synthesize and integrate their professional knowledge with field experience. Topics include ethics, professional practice, critical thinking, and integration of research in practice, and career development.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: Field placement.
SWK 498
Tutorial: Social Work
4 Credits
No description available.
SWK 499
Tutorial: Social Work
4 Credits
No description available.
12 credits of field placement from the following:
SWK 451
Field Placement I
1 Credits
Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

Prerequisite(s) or Co-requisites: SWK 352, 354, 355; Co-requisite in the spring term, SWK 460.
SWK 452
Field Placement II
2 Credits
Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

Prerequisite(s) or Co-requisites: SWK 352, 354, 355; Co-requisite in the spring term: SWK 460.
SWK 453
Field Placement III
3 Credits
Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

Prerequisite(s) or Co-requisites: SWK 352, 354, 355; Co-requisite in the spring term: SWK 460.
SWK 454
Field Placement IV
4 Credits
Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

Prerequisite(s) or Co-requisites: SWK 352, 354, 355; Co-requisite in the spring term: SWK 460.
SWK 455
Field Placement V
5 Credits
Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

Prerequisite(s) or Co-requisites: SWK 352, 354, 355; Co-requisite in the spring term: SWK 460.
Preparation for professional social work practice necessitates a broad range of course work. Accreditation requirements preclude interdisciplinary majors. There is no social work minor. Students interested in the social work major are advised to meet with a member of the faculty early in their academic careers to develop a course sequence plan.