Social Work Course Descriptions
SOCWK-100 College 3D
Students in this course will examine the systems, policies, and supports that facilitate college success. By understanding their own skills, strengths, and leadership potential in the college context, students will work with diverse children to promote college awareness from an early age. Students will learn from guest instructors about topics such as child development, behavior management, diversity, college planning, and related issues. Students will work with school and campus staff to coordinate visits and plan activities. Students must be available for seminar sessions and on scheduled visit days as coordinated within the group. Counts toward core requirement: Civic Engagement. 2 credits.
SOCWK-155 Special Topics
See department for course description.
SOCWK-201 Principles of Social Work
This course provides an introduction to the field of social work practice with an emphasis on the historical and political development of social work as well as the values and ethics that guide social work practice. Students will explore possible career opportunities in the field of social work and will be required to complete a 40 hour field experience at an approved social service agency. Counts toward core requirement: Civic Engagement. 4 credits.
SOCWK-220 Preparation for Travel to Costa Rica
This is a course that will prepare students for Travel in Costa Rica (SOCWK 221). However, the course is also open to students interested in the course content, but who do not plan to travel. This course will provide students with the information necessary to help them get the most of their travel experience. The content will cover the basic history, religion, culture, geography, and politics of Costa Rica. Prerequisite: SOC 101, SOC 102, or SOCWK 201. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural or International Perspectives. 2 credits.
SOCWK-221 Travel to Costa Rica
The course will focus on the global issue of human rights with an emphasis on the Costa Rican experience. Over the course of two weeks, students will be immersed in the Costa Rican culture. Students will live with a Costa Rican ("Tico") family. Lectures on the culture of Costa Rica and the history of its human rights challenges and efforts will occur as well as opportunities for students to explore their own perspectives on human rights. Students will visit agencies in the community whose mission is to serve vulnerable populations and will participate in a service project. The class will meet weekly during the Spring semester and then travel after the Spring semester ends in May. This travel course in Costa Rica is scheduled for a two-week period in June. This two-week program will provide a total of 40 hours of Spanish language classes, 16 hours of cultural classes and activities, and a couple of fun excursions. Prerequisite: SOC 101, SOC 102, or SOCWK 201. Corequisite: SOCWK 220. Counts toward core requirement: International Perspectives. 2 credits.
SOCWK-255 Special Topics
See department for course description.
See department for details. Internship contract required.
SOCWK-300 Micro Social Work Practice
This course focuses on the change process at the three levels of social work practice (individual, family and group). Students will acquire specific skills which will assist them in assessing, contacting, working with and terminating some clients. Prerequisite: SOCWK 201 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
SOCWK-301 Macro Social Work Practice
This course will help students acquire specific skills that will assist them in carrying out the planned change process at the macro level of social work practice. Community practice is heavily emphasized, and students will work together to carry out a social justice class project, which will consist of at least 25 hours of group work outside of the course. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and SOCWK 201 with a minimum grade of C-. Counts toward core requirement: Civic Engagement. 4 credits.
SOCWK-305 Contemporary Issues in Aging
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the field of aging. Older people (those aged 65 and older) represent one in every eight Americans as of the 2010 census. Since 1900, the percentage of older Americans has tripled, and 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 everyday. The age wave is here. This class examines the gifts and challenges for our society that must respond to a rapidly increasing aging population. The role social workers and other professionals play in helping older adults to live independently with dignity and self determination will be an area of focus. Topical areas will include settings for gerontological practice, programs and interventions for older adults, biopsychosocial and cultural determinants of aging, social and economic justice, healthcare, and end-of-life care. Prerequisite: SOCWK 201, SOC 101, SOC 102, PSY 150, or PH 101. 4 credits.
SOCWK-310 Social Work Research Methods
Introduction to qualitative and quantitative social work research skills fundamental to the development and critical use of information relevant to social work practice decision-making and evaluation. Students will be prepared to understand and utilize research findings to inform and enhance their practice and to carry out their own evaluation and research. The course will cover all phases of the research process including the development of research questions, research design, data collection, and analysis. Ethical issues in research will also be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102; and SOCWK 201. 4 credits.
SOCWK-320 Human Behavior in Social Environment
This course provides an introduction to the various theories related to human behavior in the social environment in the context of a life span developmental perspective. The relationship between social, biological, psychological, environmental and cultural systems will be analyzed as they relate to the "person-in-environment" foundation of professional social work practice. Prerequisite: SOCWK-201 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
SOCWK-323 Junior Seminar
Students will practice reading and evaluating primary research works in progress. Attention will be given to articulating the research process and to preparing students for their own independent research projects. Students will be instructed in pathways beyond Pacific; for example, how to find and apply to graduate programs, develop a resume, and set up a job-shadowing experience. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and declared Sociology, Anthropology-Sociology, or Social Work major or minor. Pass/No Pass. 2 credits.
SOCWK-325 Counseling & Interviewing Techniques
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with fundamental counseling and interviewing techniques according to the major psychosocial theories. Students will also examine the impact of diversity, self-awareness, and use of self on the counseling process. Prerequisite: SOCWK 201 with a minimum grade of C- or PSY 211 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
SOCWK-351 Social Policy & Social Justice
This course provides an examination of both the historical and contemporary context of social welfare policies and programs. The course will examine how legislation is developed, enacted, and implemented in our society, including how policies have emerged in response to social problems at the local, national, and international levels. Issues of social justice, and how policies and programs affect populations at risk, will be emphasized. U.S. social welfare policy will be examined in a global and human rights context. Also listed as POLS 351. Prerequisites: SOCWK 201 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
SOCWK-355 Special Topics
See department for course description. Prerequisite: Take SOCWK 201, SOC 101, SOC 102, or PSY 150.
SOCWK-395 Independent Study
See department for details. Independent study contract required.
SOCWK-450 Directed Research in Social Work
Directed Research in Social Work allows students of advanced standing to participate in a research project with a social work faculty member in order to gain practical experience in the conduct of ongoing professional-level social work research. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits). Instructor's consent required. May be repeated for credit, up to 6 credits total. 1-4 credits.
SOCWK-480 Pre-Practicum Seminar
The focus of this course is to assist students in preparing for the social work senior practicum experience. Students will complete the tasks necessary for obtaining a practicum site including resume preparation and interviewing with prospective field sites. Prerequisite: 20 credits in required SOCWK and SOC courses. 1 credit.
SOCWK-481 Social Work Practicum
This course will provide students with an opportunity to integrate theoretical and clinical learning in an agency setting. Students will complete a 440 hour practicum in an approved agency over two semesters under the supervision of an agency staff member in consultation with a social work faculty member. Students will complete a signed learning agreement prior to beginning the practicum that will guide their individualized learning experiences. Students will be required to meet with the instructor and other social work students in a weekly seminar setting to discuss their experience in the field placement. In addition to hours spent working in the field, students will be expected to complete assignments and readings intended to enhance the practicum experience, including the Senior Capstone progject. Prerequisite: SOCWK 480. May be repeated for credit. 4-14 credits.