Social Work (SWK)

SWK F103X      Introduction to Social Work      (s)
3 Credits

Introduction to the profession of social work and the human services delivery system. Examines historical development of social work focusing on the knowledge, values and skills that characterize the social worker. Orientation to the context for social work, including the diversity of human needs, human services, social policy and legislation. Services, programs, and career opportunities within rural and urban Alaska, as well as nationally, are discussed.

Attributes: UAF GER Social Sciences Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F220      Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice      (s)
3 Credits

The professional nature and meaning of generalist social work practice. Examines the NASW code of ethics. Introduces interpersonal communication and interviewing. Assists students in making decisions about a career in social work.

Prerequisites: SWK F103X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F305      Social Welfare History      (O, s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Analysis of social inequality and the U.S. social welfare system by tracing the historical development of government response to social inequality and exploring historical and persisting dilemmas in the provision of social welfare services.

Prerequisites: COJO F131X or COJO F141X; SWK F103X or HIST F100X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F306      Social Welfare: Policies and Issues
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Social policies and how they effect the delivery of social services. Factors influencing development of the current social service system. Analysis of dilemmas that develop in a welfare system attempting to deal with rapid social change. Alternative approaches to the solution of social problems and possible future developments.

Prerequisites: ECON F100X; PS F100X; SWK F103X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F310      Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

An overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders with a particular focus on the needs, issues and programs specific to Alaska.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F320      Rural Social Work      (W, a)
3 Credits

Offered Spring

This course examines rural and small community life, its value systems, strengths and capacities, custums, political and economic structures and their implications for the lives of people in rural settings and for generalist social work practice. Special attention is given to differences in intervention and service provision in rural areas, particularly in rural, remote and Alaska Native communities.

Prerequisites: WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; SWK F103X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F330      Seminar in International Social Work
3 Credits

Offered Fall

International issues related to social work practice and social welfare policy. The focus of the seminar will be on global and international issues related to social and economic justice, distributive justice, and human and civil rights. Specific content is announced at registration. Course may be repeated once for credit when content varies.

Prerequisites: SWK F103X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F341      Human Behavior in the Social Environment I      (s)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

HBSE is a sequence of two courses that focus on human development in the context of the social environment. Throughout the sequence, a person-in-environment perspective is utilized to interpret the situations of individuals, families and groups. These situations are evaluated in the the light of social work values and ethics. The first course in the sequence focuses on the human life cycle viewed in the context of the social environment.

Prerequisites: PSY F101X; SOC F101X or ANTH F100X; SWK F103X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F342      Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
3 Credits

Offered Spring

HBSE is a sequence of two courses that focus on human development in the context of the social environment. Throughout the sequence, a person-in-environment perspective is utilized to interpret the situations of individuals, families and groups. These situations are evaluated in the the light of social work values and ethics. The second course in the sequence pays attention to those features of culture, the political economy, families, groups groups, formal organizations and communities that encourage human development or constrain and thwart it.

Prerequisites: PSY F101X; SOC F101X or ANTH F100X; SWK F103X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F350      Women's Issues in Social Welfare and Social Work Practices      (W, s)
3 Credits

Examination of theories and research concerning women's issues in the field of social work and in the social welfare system, with particular emphasis on women in poverty and women of color. Contemporary policy issues and strategies of empowerment will be covered.

Prerequisites: WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; SWK F103X or SOC F101X; or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed with WGS F350.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F360      Child Abuse and Neglect
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Dynamics, implications and treatments of child abuse and neglect for individuals and families in rural and urban Alaska.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F370      Services and Support for an Aging Society      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

An examination of the aging process, theories, political processes, social work generalist intervention and strategies and agency support for the aging population. The rapidly changing social and health issues of older adults are addressed in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F375      Research Methods in Social Work      (W)
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Course has a two-fold objective: to help students become critical consumers of research in the social sciences and to allow students to carry out beginning research studies. Course sequentially covers phases of the research process, whether quantitative or qualitative.

Prerequisites: WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; SWK F103X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F390      Trauma and Wellness: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrents

This course explores and critically examines diverse ways of knowing about experiences related to the concepts of trauma and wellness, both individually and collectively, and builds upon wellness stratagies that focus on context, culture and lived experience across the lifespan.

Prerequisites: Sophmore standing; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F440      Social Work Practice with Military Families
3 Credits

Explores the history and roles of social work with military families. Ethical concerns that emerge from social work practice with military families are addressed. Military social workers' roles in mental health programs, family advocacy, program administration, and policy making are examined. Addresses the issues that affect military families during times of deployment.

Prerequisites: SWK F220; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F460      Social Work Practice I
3 Credits

Offered Fall

Development of beginning skills in interviewing and helping processes with individuals and families. Application of intervention strategies, interviewing techniques, case management and advocacy.Co-requisites: SWK F461.

Prerequisites: acceptance to practicum; social work major; senior standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F461      Practicum in Social Work I
3,6 Credits

Offered Fall

Individual training and practice in a social service agency. Students signing up for 3 credits complete 100 hours; students signing up for 6 credits complete 200 hours of direct practice in an approved agency under the supervision of a field instructor.

Prerequisites: Social Work major; senior standing; approval from practicum coordinator.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 7,15 + 0

SWK F463      Social Work Practice II
3 Credits

Offered Spring

Further development of student's knowledge of direct practice and beginning skills in groups and community practice. Emphasis on aspects of rural practice.Co-requisites: SWK F464.

Prerequisites: SWK F460; social work major; senior standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F464      Practicum in Social Work II
3,6 Credits

Continuation of SWK F461; further direct practice experience in an agency. Students signing up for 3 credits complete 100 hours; students signing up for 6 credits complete 200 hours of practice in an approved agency under the supervision of a field instructor. Taken concurrently with SWK F463.

Prerequisites: SWK F460; SWK F461; Social Work major; senior standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 7,15 + 0

SWK F466      Practicum in Social Work III
3,6 Credits

Further direct practice experience in an approved agency under the supervision of a field instructor. Students enrolled in 3 credits must complete 100 hours of practicum. Students enrolled in 6 credits must complete 200 hours of practicum.

Prerequisites: SWK F460; SWK F461; SWK F463; SWK F464; Social Work major; senior standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 7,15 + 0

SWK F470      Substance Abuse Theories and Treatment      (s)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Examination of research and theories of chemical dependency from a social work, systems/ecological framework. Critically examines current theory and practice in terms of effectiveness, cultural appropriateness and validity with vulnerable populations.

Prerequisites: SWK F103X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

SWK F484      Seminar in Social Work Practice Areas
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Problem areas in social work. Topics vary in different semesters, content announced in class schedule prior to each semester. Course may be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Prerequisites: SWK F103X; or permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0