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Social Work

Student Handbook

Academic Program
The Social Work Program is designed to meet both the CSWE curriculum policy requirements and carry out the mission of Minot State University.

Required Liberal Arts/General Education Courses
Social Work majors are required to take the following specific courses:

Required Liberal Arts/Support Courses
Social Work majors are also required to take the following support courses:

Required Social Work Foundation Courses
Required Social Work Foundation Courses

Social Work Foundation Course Descriptions

SWK 250 Interpersonal Skills 3 cr.
Verbal and nonverbal interpersonal skills relating to common interaction as well as those interactions generic to planned changed processes of generalist social work practice. This course requires 50 hours of concurrent interpersonal skill building experience in the community in which social workers may be employed. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: SWK 256 and 255.

SWK 255 Social Work Profession 3 cr.
History of the social work profession, goals, philosophy, base assumptions, and outcomes within the generalist framework of social work fields of practice. Prerequisites or Corequisites: SWK 256 and 200.

SWK 256 Development of Social Welfare 3 cr.
History, value, political, and economic conditions which influence the development and provision of social welfare services. SWK 256 is a prerequisite or corequisite for all other social work courses.

SWK 330 Behavior in Pluralistic Society 3 cr.
The underlying theoretical perspectives of sociological, psychological, biological, and spiritual systems relative to human growth and development from birth to death with emphasis on ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity characteristics of American pluralism. Prerequisite: SWK 250.

SWK 331 Systems Theory and Family Dynamics 3 cr.
The underlying theoretical perspectives of the systems model, with application to individuals, families, groups, and communities within the larger context. Assessment and problem solving techniques with families of all types in the context of generalist practice. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: SWK 330.

SWK 335 Social Work Methods I 3 cr.
Problem solving, assessment, and application of interventive techniques with individuals in the context of generalist practice. Prerequisite: SWK 331. Co-requisite: SWK 340.

SWK 340 Social Welfare Policy 3 cr.
A framework for the analysis of social welfare policy, policy formation, decision-making, the impact on human service professionals, and the delivery of social welfare services. Prerequisite: SWK 331. Corequisite: SWK 335.

SWK 401 Contemporary Issues with Native American Families 3 cr.
This course will survey contemporary issues that Native American families face in today’’s society and how these influences effect the context of family life and the helping process.

SWK 426 Social Work Methods II 3 cr.
Problem solving, assessment, and application of interventive techniques with small groups in the context of generalist practice. Prerequisites: SWK 335, 340. Corequisite: SWK 427.

SWK 427 Social Work Methods III 3 cr.
Problem solving, assessment, and application of interventive techniques with communities, disciplinary boards, and organizations in the context of generalist practice. Prerequisites: SWK 335, 340. Corequisite: SWK 426.

SWK 428 Crisis Intervention 3 cr.
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of crisis intervention with an emphasis on the use of short-term intervention and problem-solving techniques. This course emphasizes crisis theory and crisis intervention models applied to various crisis problems an populations at-risk.

SWK 432 Field Education 10 cr.
Structured and educationally directed learning experiences in public and private human service agencies. Prerequisite: SWK 427. Corequisites: SWK 433, 434, 491.

SWK 433 Field Seminar 1 cr.
Integration of social work theory with the reality of specific practice. Corequisites: SWK 432, 434, 491.

SWK 434 Field Research 1 cr.
Senior research project, formal written report, and oral presentation of the major research paper. Corequisites: SWK 432, 433, 491.

SWK 491 Senior Seminar 2 cr.
Integration of program outcomes with application of knowledge, values, and skills necessary for field entry, human service program evaluation, value and ethical considerations, and the development and implementation of future career objectives. Corequisites: SWK 432, 433, 434.

Revised (July, 2005)