SOCIAL WORK





MSW Foundation Year


SOWK 6011- Social Welfare Policies and

Programs............................................3.00 credits

Examines the history and current structures of social policies and services, the role of policy in service delivery, and the role of practice in policy development.  Prerequisites:  Admission to the graduate program; admission to the MSW Program or the permission of the Instructor.


SOWK 6020- Achieving Justice in a Diverse

World..................................................3.00 credits

Historical, political, and socio-economic forces that maintain oppressive values, attitudes, and behaviors in society are examined.  Prerequisites:  Admission to the graduate program; admission to the MSW Program or permission of the Instructor.


SOWK 6021-Human Behavior and the Social

Environment.......................................3.00 credits

Lays the theoretical groundwork for social work practice with individuals over the lifespan.  Prerequisites:  Admission to the graduate program or the permission of the instructor.


SOWK 6031-Direct Practice Methods.3.00 credits

Provides students with the knowledge, values and skills to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate individuals.  Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW Program and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, SOWK 6021:  Human Behavior and the Social Environment.


SOWK 6032- Theory and Practice with Families

and Groups.............................................3.00 credits

Provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate families and groups.  Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW Program and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, SOWK 6021:  Human Behavior and the Social Environment.


SOWK 6033- Theory and Practice with

Communities and Organizations.......3.00 credits

Provides students with the knowledge, values and skills to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate communities and organizations.  Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW Program and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, SOWK 6021:  Human Behavior and the Social Environment.


SOWK 6041- Research in Social

Work.....................................................3.00 credits

Provides students with critical thinking skills to become competent consumers of social research and evidence based practice methods. 

Prerequisites:  Admission to the graduate program; admission to the MSW program or the consent of the Instructor.


SOWK 6051- Foundation Field

Seminar I........................................... 1.00 credit

Connects the knowledge, values and skills addressed in the classroom with the practical world of the field practice setting. 

Prerequisites:  Concurrent enrollment in SOWK 6055:  Foundation Field Experience I.


SOWK 6052- Foundation Field

Seminar II...........................................1.00 credit

Connects the knowledge, values and skills addressed in the classroom with the practical world of the field practice setting. 

Prerequisites:  Concurrent enrollment in SOWK 6056:  Foundation Field Experience II.


SOWK 6055- Foundation Field

Experience I......................................3.00 Credits

MSW-supervised field experience of 225 clock (or 16 hours per week).  Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW Program, successful completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, SOWK 6051:  Foundation Field Seminar I, and written consent of the MSW Field Coordinator.


SOWK 6056-Foundation Field

Experience II.......................................3.00 credits

MSW-supervised field experience of 225 clock (or 16 hours per week). 

Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW Program, successful completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, SOWK 6052:  Foundation Field Seminar II, and written consent of the MSW Field Coordinator.



MSW Advanced Practice Year


SOWK 7011-Legal and Ethical Issues in Children and Family Policies....................................3.00 credits

Critical examination of current and proposed policies impacting children, vulnerable adults and families.  Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all Foundation Year coursework or consent of the Instructor.


SOWK 7021-Family Dynamics Through the Life Cycle....................................................3.00 credits

Provides the advanced theoretical bases for understanding complex family processes over the life span. 

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all Foundation Year coursework or consent of the Instructor.


SOWK 7031-Assessment and Practice with Children

and Adolescents.................................3.00 credits

Incorporation of theories of childhood and adolescent development into the processes of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation.  Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all Foundation Year coursework and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, SOWK 7021:  Family Dynamics Through the Life Cycle.


SOWK 7032-Assessment and Practice with

Families.............................................3.00 credits

Incorporation of theories of family development into the processes of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation. 

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all Foundation Year coursework and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, SOWK 7021:  Family Dynamics Through the Life Cycle.


SOWK 7033-Assessment and Practice with

Vulnerable Adults..........................3.00 credits

Incorporation of theories of adult development into the processes of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation. 

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all Foundation Year coursework and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, SOWK 7021:  Family Dynamics Through the Life Cycle.


SOWK 7041-Evaluation of Practice with Children

and Families........................................3.00 credits

Application of knowledge and skills in evaluating practice with vulnerable children, families and adults.  Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all Foundation Year coursework or consent of the Instructor.


SOWK 7051- Advanced Field

Seminar I.............................................1.00 credit

Connects the knowledge, values and skills addressed in the classroom with the practical world of the field practice setting. 

Prerequisites:  Concurrent enrollment in SOWK 7055: Advanced Field Experience I.


SOWK 7052- Advanced Field

Seminar II..........................................1.00 credit

Connects the knowledge, values and skills addressed in the classroom with the practical world of the field practice setting. 

Prerequisites:  Concurrent enrollment in SOWK 7056:  Advanced Field Experience II.


SOWK 7055- Advanced Field

Experience I......................................3.00 credits

MSW-supervised placement of 225 clock hours (or 16 hours per week). 

Prerequisites:  Completion of all foundation year course requirements, concurrent enrollment in SOWK 7021, SOWK 7031, SOWK 7041, SOWK 7051,, and written consent of the MSW Field Coordinator.


SOWK 7056- Advanced Field

Experience II.....................................3.00 credits

MSW-supervised placement of 225 clock hours (or 16 hours per week). 

Prerequisites:  Completion of all first semester advanced coursework, SOWK 7031, SOWK 7033, SOWK 7011, concurrent enrollment in SOWK 7052, and written consent of the MSW Field Coordinator. 


MSW Program Electives

SOWK 6130- School Social

Work..................................................3.00 credits

Overview of the various social work related theoretical perspectives, models, and programs for intervention with children and their families in school settings.  Prerequisites:  Graduate admission; admission to the MSW program or consent of the Instructor. 


SOWK 6131- Family Violence Across the

Lifespan............................................3.00 credits

Examines the various forms of violence in families, including intimate partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse.  Prerequisites: Graduate admission; admission to the MSW program or consent of the Instructor. 


SOWK 6132-Grief and Loss in Social Work

Practice...........................................3.00 credits

An examination of theories and interventions relating to grief and loss. 

Prerequisites:  Graduate admission; admission to the MSW program or consent of the instructor. 



SOWK 6133-Social Work Practice with Older Adults...........................................3.00 credits

Examination of the developmental stages of later adulthood, the aging process, and best practices in meeting the bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs of older adults from diverse populations.  

Prerequisites:  Graduate admission; admission to the MSW program or consent of the Instructor. 


SOWK 6134-Special Topics in Social

Work ...............................................3.00 credits

Topics vary from semester to semester depending on the needs and interest of the students and the southwest Georgia service area.

Prerequisites:  Graduate admission; admission to the MSW program or consent of the Instructor. 


SOWK 7130-Social Work Practice with Abusing

and Neglecting Families................3.00 credits

Examines the theories and best practices with abusing and neglecting families.

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all MSW foundation year course work.    


SOWK 7131-Psychopathology and

Psychopharmacology.........................3.00 credits

Prepares social workers to understand the medical model of mental health practice (e.g., DSM IV, multiaxial diagnoses, clinical treatment, psychotropic medications, etc.).

Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW program or consent of the Instructor. 


SOWK 7132-Social Work with

Groups.................................................3.00 credits

Knowledge, values and empirically-supported practice skills for competent group work with diverse children, adolescents, families and vulnerable adults.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of all MSW foundation year course work.  


SOWK 7133-Behavioral Methods in Social Work

Practice..............................................3.00 credits

Prepares social workers with the knowledge, values and empirically-supported behavioral intervention skills applicable in a variety of settings.

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all MSW foundation year course work.  


SOWK 7134-Social Work Practice with Substance

Abusing Families.....................................3.00 credits

Provides theories and methods in the assessment, prevention, intervention and rehabilitation of substance abusers and their family members.

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all MSW foundation year course work.  


SOWK 7135-Social Work Practice with Military

Families....................................................3.00 credits

Evidence-based theories and methods in the assessment, prevention, intervention and rehabilitation with military veterans and their families. 

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all MSW foundation year course work


SOWK 7136-Case Management............3.00 credits

Provides knowledge, values and skills regarding the historical development, processes and models for case management in the social services.

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all MSW foundation year coursework. 


SOWK 7137-Crisis Intervention.............3.00 credits

The development of knowledge, values and skills that address the impact of specific crises on individuals and families, such as life-threatening illness, trauma, physical and mental disability, and death.  Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all MSW foundation year course work. 


SOWK 7138-Supervision in the Social

Services............................................3.00 credits

The development of the knowledge, values and skills necessary to provide competent supervision in direct social services. 

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of all MSW foundation year course work.


SOWK 7139-Special Topics in Social Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3 - 6 credits

A variable content elective graduate course focusing on selected topics in social work and social welfare. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSW program and consent of the instructor. 


SOWK 7141-Directed Independent

Study.................................................3.00-6.00 credits

An individualized research study of a social work issue conducted under the direction and supervision of an MSW faculty member.

Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW program, written consent of the sponsoring MSW faculty member, and written consent of the MSW Program Director. 


SOWK 7155-Field Experience

Elective I................................................1.00 credit

Requires 75 clock hours of elective field work in an approved MSW-supervised social work setting. Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW program and written consent of the MSW Field Coordinator.


SOWK 7156-Field Experience

Elective II................................................2.00 credits

Requires 150 clock hours of elective field work in an approved MSW-supervised social work setting. Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW program and written consent of the MSW Field Coordinator. 


SOWK 7157-Field Experience

Elective III...............................................3.00 credits

Requires 225 clock hours of elective field work in an approved MSW-supervised social work setting. .  Prerequisites:  Admission to the MSW program and written consent of the MSW Field Coordinator.