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. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the interactions of social institutions, cultural factors, dimensions of identity, and environment with the human development and behavior of individuals. Demonstrate knowledge of the social work profession’s focus on addressing contemporary social issues in the United States. Describe the mission and services provided by social service agencies at the regional, national, and global levels. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the social work profession, its history, career opportunities, and contemporary issues facing social workers in the United States today. Recognize how students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes impact their competence as helping professionals.

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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. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the commonalties among all women, identifying commonalties and differences among oppressed and dominant groups, recognize multiple oppressions, and respect diversity while conducting social work practice through readings, class discussions, and/or written assignments. Identify the various needs of women as individuals, family members and community members through readings, class discussions,and/or written assignments. Demonstrate skills in working effectively with diverse issues involving women with an emphasis on building strengths, interdependence, self-direction, shared power, and cooperation through experiential exercises, written assignments, companion book, and instructor presentations. Demonstrate skills in addressing issues that affect women such as parental issues, relationship problems, physical abuse, sexual abuse, crime, substance abuse, eating disorders, housing concerns, psychological issues and physical abilities written reports. Understand the importance of and demonstrating skills in caring and empathetic connection in the change process through written assignments, experiential activities in the companion book. Understanding the Importance of the Professionals Self-Care through experiential activities and journaling in the companion book.

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SOWK 3110. 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. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine the role culture, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic class play in the way people think, feel, and behave. Examine how diverse populations have been oppressed and exploited by dominant groups throughout U.S. history. Analyze the effects of stereotypes, fallacies, and misconceptions about groups that experience oppression such as the LGBTQIA2S+ community, the Elderly, People with Disabilities, BIPOC and people from low socio economic backgrounds and other socially marginalized groups. Recognize theoretical models that describe various forms of discrimination, oppression, privilege and power. Be familiar with relevant knowledge regarding the Southwest, border issues, Native American and Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic content. Recognize and implement anti racist, anti oppressive, and practice decolonization/indigenization and cultural humility in social work practice and social justice.

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SOWK 3120. 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.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply knowledge of and be able to critique the major theories of human behavior and development processes in the social environment. Introduce knowledge and understanding of the influence of environmental systems (groups and communities) and the complex interplay of biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural dimensions for human development and functioning across the life span. Explore and discuss knowledge and appreciation for human diversity (race/ethnicity, culture, gender, physical/mental disabilities, rural/urban differences, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status) and their impact on human development and functioning. Identify and analyze factors and/events that affect ethnic minorities, women, and other vulnerable and/or oppressed populations. Become familiar with current research of human behavior and the social environment as well as principal based ethics and social work values involved. Examine and explore awareness of the ethical dilemmas, controversies and values inherent in work with diverse populations and various social systems and the implications for practice with emphasis on the Southwest. Explore biases and stereotypes that can affect the understanding of human behavior and change in the social environment

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SOWK 3130. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3 Credits (3)

Continuation of S WK 3120. Major theories of human behavior and the life span from young adulthood through old age. Restricted to: S WK majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: SOWK 3120.

SOWK 3140V. 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. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will use reflection and self- regulation to manage personal values as they engage in discussion and written reflection around underlying values in social welfare. Students will apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the macro level through written reflection. Students will apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies through self-reflective discussions. Students will apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to analyze social policy and advocate for just policies. Through policy analysis and review of policy research, students will Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services; assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services, and apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

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SOWK 3150. 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. Restricted to Social Work majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: MATH 1350G or STAT 2350G.

SOWK 3210. 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. Restricted to: S WK majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills of entry-level generalist social work practice which focus on the interaction between client-systems and the social environment. Demonstrate and apply the integration of social work values and ethics with one’s own personal values and apply ethical decision making in practice. Demonstrate and apply worker-client relationship building and maintenance skills which can be applied across client-systems and populations. Demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills of entry-level generalist social work practice with populations that are targeted and most vulnerable Demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills of entry-level generalist social work practice with populations-at-risk including skills for engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Demonstrate and apply both critical thinking and evidence-based practice skills in entry-level generalist social work practice. Identify and apply methods of evaluating effectiveness in practice skills, assessment, and intervention across client systems.

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SOWK 3220. 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. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: SOWK 3210.

SOWK 3230. 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: SOWK 3210.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will apply ethical principles in social work and frameworks for ethical decision making to case scenarios involving families. Students will assess their family of origin and its potential impact on their own work with families. Students will model stages of the helping process with diverse families using cultural humility and a transcultural perspective. Students will explain how family identity intersects with social factors to impact family functioning. Students will plan and execute role plays modeling engagement with diverse families that reflect transcultural awareness and cultural humility. Students will integrate discussion of their own experiences in their planning for family engagement. Students will plan and execute role plays modeling assessment with diverse families that reflect transcultural awareness and cultural humility. Students will conduct a family biopsychosocial assessment and treatment plan. Students will conduct a family biopsychosocial assessment and treatment plan. Students will plan and execute role plays modeling practice evaluation.

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SOWK 4110. 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. Restricted to: S WK majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the social policy development and influence process. Apply a framework for the analysis of current and proposed social policy. Identify and discuss current legislation which addresses social and economic justice. Articulate gaps and/or problems in existing social welfare policies and in social welfare programs. Identify strategies which are appropriate to baccalaureate level practice that may influence policymakers on behalf of people in need.

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SOWK 4210. 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.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze various macro theories and apply two or more to a particular issue within a local community or organization. Describe the historical context/foundation of macro practice in social work and identify its application in the community. Identify ethical principles related to macro practice. Describe the use of macro level practice in empowering diverse and oppressed populations Describe an evidence-based practice framework for social work intervention with communities and organizations.

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SOWK 4220. 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. Restricted to: S WK majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 4230. 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. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 4240. 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. Restricted to: S WK majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Corequisite: SOWK 4321.

SOWK 4310. Practicum 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.

Corequisite: SOWK 4311.

SOWK 4311. 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.

Corequisite: SOWK 4310.

SOWK 4320. 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.

Corequisite: SOWK 4321.

SOWK 4321. 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. Restricted to: S WK majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Corequisite: SOWK 4320.

SOWK 4510. 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. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 4996. Special Topics

3 Credits (3)

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be used as a mandatory practice elective. Junior or above standing, majors or consent of instructor. Restricted to: S WK majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

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SOWK 4997. Independent Study

1-6 Credits (1-6)

Individual studies directed by consenting faculty with the prior approval of the department head. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

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SOWK 5110. Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest

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 emphasized. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 5120. Social Work Research I

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to analytical skills used in social work research: problem formulation, research designs, measurement, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, use of human participants in research, and application of research knowledge and professional ethics to social work practice. Restricted to: MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 5130. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3 Credits (3)

The major theories of human behavior and the life span from conception to adolescence. Focuses both on the areas of concern and risk for client systems and on the opportunities and strengths in the social environment. Restricted to MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 5140. Human Behavior & the Social Environment II

3 Credits (3)

The major theories of human behavior from young adulthood to old age. This course will focus on both areas of concern and risk for client systems and on the opportunities and strengths in the social environment. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5130.

SOWK 5150. Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy

3 Credits (3)

An overview of social and economic problems in the United States and the historical and current social welfare policies aimed at alleviating these problems. Emphasis on developing an awareness and ability to change policies that impact vulnerable populations. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 5160. Generalist Social Work Practice I

3 Credits (3)

This is the first course of a two-course sequence. An introduction to the generalist crosscultural, social work practice perspective with individuals and families, focusing on social work as a profession, social work knowledge base, professional development, relationship building and assessment with individuals and families within a framework of social work values and ethics. Restricted to: MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 5170. Generalist Social Work Practice II

3 Credits (3)

This is the second course of a two-course sequence. A continuation of the generalist crosscultural, social work practice perspective with indivduals and families, focusing on goal setting, contracting, implementation, and outcome assessment. The course also applies the generalist practice perspective and methods to larger systems: groups, organizations, and communities and includes relationship building, assessment, goal setting, contracting, implementation and outcome assessment within a framework of social work values and ethics. Restricted to: MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5160.

SOWK 5180. Generalist Practicum Experience I

3 Credits (3)

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency, providing experiential instruction and learning. 225 clock hours required. Seminar required. Restricted to: MSW majors.

SOWK 5190. Generalist Practicum Experience II

3 Credits (3)

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency. 225 clock hours required. Seminar required. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5180.

SOWK 5220. Social Work Research II

3 Credits (3)

Focused on advanced generalist practice research in multicultural settings. Advanced skills to evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in multicultural settings. Needs assessment as well as program and practice evaluation are emphasized. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5120.

SOWK 5250. Policy Analysis and Change

3 Credits (3)

This course will emphasize policy practice focusing on policy analysis and creating and implementing policy change. Restricted to MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5150.

SOWK 5280. Advanced Generalist Practicum Experience I

3 Credits (3)

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency providing experiential learning in advanced generalist practice. 250 clock hours required. Seminar required. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5190.

SOWK 5290. Advanced Generalist Practicum Experience II

3 Credits (3)

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency providing experiential learning in advanced generalist practice. 250 clock hours required. Seminar required. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5280.

SOWK 5310. Advanced Social Work Mental Health Practice

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to add to the practice sequence for Masters Level students in Social Work. It addresses social work assessment of major mental health issues across the life span with an emphasis on resiliency and coping skills. Culturally responsive practices are applied to the major issues of mental health. Basic psychopharmacology, neurobiology and the ways in which Social Workers interact with clients to aid education and effective treatment of medical interventions will be a prominent part of this course. Evidence-based practices useful for work in various disorders will be incorporated. Restricted to: MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 5320. Advanced Practice with Individuals

3 Credits (3)

This class builds on Foundation Year Practice courses by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with individuals. Restricted to: MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5170.

SOWK 5330. Advanced Practice with Groups

3 Credits (3)

This course will address the knowledge, values and skills needed to work effectively with diverse populations in group settings. The course will build on Foundation Year courses by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with social work groups. Restricted to: MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5170.

SOWK 5340. Advanced Practice with Families

3 Credits (3)

This class builds on Foundation Year Practice courses by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying, and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with families. Restricted to: MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5170.

SOWK 5350. Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities

3 Credits (3)

This class builds on Foundation Year Practice courses by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying, and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with organizations and communities. . Restricted to: MSW majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: SOWK 5170.

SOWK 5510. Family and Child Welfare Policy

3 Credits (3)

This course will enhance students’ ability to offer child welfare services that respect cultural differences, reflect current policy knowledge concerning child maltreatment, build on the advocacy and protective capacities of individuals, families and communities and encourage permanency for children and preservation of families. Required basic knowledge of child welfare and assessment skills. Outside majors require instructor permission. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

SOWK 5996. Special Topics

1-3 Credits (1-3)

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Open to graduate students in related disciplines and to community professionals in related disciplines and to community professionals in related fields. May be repeated up to 99 credits.

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SOWK 5997. Independent Study

1-3 Credits (1-3)

Individual study to augment depth of knowledge in area related to course of study. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

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SOWK 5999. Graduate Thesis

1-6 Credits (1-6)

Required for thesis option. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

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