Chatham University

Social Work Curriculum

Social Services Administration Minor Requirements
6 courses, including:
BUS 105
Foundations of Business
3 Credits
This course provides an understanding of formal organizations - profit and nonprofit - and the development of effective and efficient managerial traits and skills. The course covers a wide range of topics, such as motivation, conflict, leadership, control, and change. The practical side of organizational life is examined: entry and adaptation, business culture, power, politics, discrimination, and resistance. The main functional areas of management also are discussed. Focus is on real and/or simulated situations, field assignments, business games, and tests.
BUS 337
Managing Nonprofit Organizations
3 Credits
Through the use of case studies, assignments, and class projects, this course familiarizes students with the distinctiveness of nonprofit organizations and their management. Specific topics include marketing and fund raising, budgeting, personnel management and supervision, strategic planning and implementation, environmental and program evaluation, and managing interorganizational networks. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105, or SWK 101 and 102, 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.
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.
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 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.
One of the following:
SWK 322
Social Welfare: Women and Policy
3 Credits
This course is designed to locate and examine current issues that imopact the lives of women, to examine various policies related to these isses, and to explore methods of creating new, or modifying existing, policies and programs.
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 393
Internship
3 Credits
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