SOWK-SOCIAL WORK

SOWK 2110G. Introduction to Human Services & Social Work

3 Credits (3)

This course is for students who are interested in social welfare issues and/or are considering entering a social service profession. The course presents an overview of social problems, issues and trends, and the network of social agencies developed to address these concerns. The course examines the influence of personal and professional values and ethics on the helping relationship. The concept of social welfare will be discussed from a social work perspective (with an emphasis on social justice), and students will gain a basic understanding of social work in U.S. society, social work career opportunities, and contemporary issues facing social workers. Approaches relevant to work with individuals, families, groups and communities are presented, with special emphasis on Hispanic and Indigenous populations of New Mexico and the Southwest.

SOWK 2111. Women's Issues in Social Work

3 Credits (3)

Examines gender-specific social problems and their identification and resolution through the use of social agencies and community resources. Community Colleges only.

SOWK 300. Social Work Practice Skills

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to generalist social work practice. Interpersonal skills, values, and ethics required in the helping relationship. Taught in a small-group format. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: S WK majors. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

SOWK 301. Orientation to Field

1 Credit (1)

This course will provide an orientation to requirements for a social work field practicum and to establish the transfer of learning between classroom instruction and future practicum skill application. Restricted to S WK majors.

Corequisite(s): SOWK 300.

SOWK 309. Sociocultural Concepts

3 Credits (3)

Theoretical and sociohistorical perspectives on racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination and oppression. Cultural diversity, strengths, and Southwest and border issues are examined.

SOWK 311. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3 Credits (3)

Major theories of human behavior and the life span from conception to adolescence. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: S WK majors.

SOWK 312. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3 Credits (3)

Continuation of S WK 311. Major theories of human behavior and the life span from young adulthood through old age. Restricted to: S WK majors.

Prerequisite(s): SOWK 311.

SOWK 313. Social Work Practice with Individuals

3 Credits (3)

Generalist social work practice theory and skills in engagement, information gathering, assessments, planning, interventions, evaluation, and termination with individual client systems. Restricted to: S WK majors.

Prerequisite(s): SOWK 300.

SOWK 315. Social Work Practice with Families

3 Credits (3)

Generalist social work practice theory and skills in engagement, information gathering, assessments, planning, interventions, evaluation, and termination with multicultural family systems. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): SOWK 300.

SOWK 316. Social Work Research

3 Credits (3)

This undergraduate course is designed to prepare students to be effective consumers of research and to evaluate their own practice. Students will learn to read, critically evaluate and use the research of others to select interventions that are based on evidence of effectiveness. Students will demonstrate the knowledge, values and skills to be critical consumers of research for effective and ethical practice as well as possess the basic skills necessary to evaluate their own social work professional practice. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: Restricted to Social Work majors.

Prerequisite(s): STAT 1350G or STAT 2350G.

SOWK 331V. Introduction to Social Policy: History

3 Credits (3)

Historical overview of the economic, political, and cultural impact on social welfare policy, institutions, and professions with international content.

SOWK 401. Field Experience I

3 Credits (3)

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency, providing experiential learning and instruction. 240 clock hours required. Restricted to: S WK majors. Graded: S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Corequisite(s): SOWK 412.

SOWK 403. Social Work Practicum II

3 Credits (3)

This course is a continuation of a supervised professional practice in a community social service agency, providing experiential learning and instruction. 240 clock hours required. Restricted to: S WK majors. Graded: S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Corequisite(s): SOWK 419.

SOWK 405. Service Learning

3 Credits (3)

This course introduces students to field work as an essential component of social work education. Students are required to provide a minimum of 40 hours of service to a human services agency. This course will focus on the connection between coursework, field work, the NASW Code of Ethics and skills needed to work with people.

Prerequisite(s): SOWK 301, SOWK 313.

SOWK 412. Practicum Seminar I

3 Credits (3)

The practicum seminar course will provide students the opportunities to integrate coursework and field practice experience learning to develop social work competencies. Restricted to: S WK majors. Graded: S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Corequisite(s): SOWK 401.

SOWK 415. Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities

3 Credits (3)

This course focuses on generalist social work values, knowledge and skills regarding practice with larger systems. Course content will include theories of community and organizational assessment and intervention. Strategies for advocacy and change, leadership for community and organizational change. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): SOWK 300, SOWK 313, SOWK 315.

SOWK 416. Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups

3 Credits (3)

Generalist social work practice skills with group client systems focusing on the planned change process and the empowerment of oppressed populations. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: S WK majors.

SOWK 417. Social Welfare Policy: Legislation

3 Credits (3)

Policy practice related to the formation of current social welfare policies that promote social and economic justice. Emphasis is on the development and influences of social policy, policy analysis, and the policy change process. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to: S WK majors.

SOWK 418. Professionalism in the Field of Social Work

3 Credits (3)

Students will use the field experience as the backdrop for assessing their own progress toward entry level generalist social work practice; to integrate coursework and field experience to develop their professional foundation. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: S WK majors.

Corequisite(s): SOWK 419.

SOWK 419. Practicum Seminar II

3 Credits (3)

The practicum seminar course will provide students the opportunities to integrate coursework and field practice experience learning to demonstrate social work competencies. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: S WK majors. Graded: S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Corequisite(s): SOWK 403.

SOWK 443. Family and Child Welfare Practice

3 Credits (3)

Current issues and interventions in child protection, foster care, family preservation and support, family reunification, adoption and permanency planning. Cannot receive credit for SOWK 443 and M SW 543. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Crosslisted with: MSW 543.

SOWK 449. Independent Study

1-6 Credits

Individual studies directed by consenting faculty with the prior approval of the department head.

Prerequisite: majors or consent of instructor.

SOWK 490. Family and Child Welfare Policy

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the history and evolution of child welfare policies, initiatives and factors that influence advocacy and practices within the child welfare system. Child welfare policies and services specific to the state of New Mexico are infused throughout the course. Cannot receive credit for both SOWK 490 and MSW 590 May be repeated up to 3 credits. Crosslisted with: MSW 590.

SOWK 497. Special Topics

3 Credits (3)

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be used as a mandatory practice elective. Restricted to: S WK majors.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or above standing, majors or consent of instructor.