Social Work Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog



Course Descriptions:

CHAD110: Introduction to Social Work (3 hours lecture)

This course provides an overview of the social work profession, its values and ethics, fields of practice, and unique models of intervention. Topics covered include the historical roots of the profession, its mission and purpose, description of client groups, and the settings in which social workers typically operate. The profession's commitment to diverse and at-risk populations, as well as to social and economic justice will be highlighted. 3 sh.

CHAD202: Cultural Competencies in Child Welfare (3 hours lecture)

This course will identify the three components of cultural competency that have been identified in the child welfare field: value base, knowledge, and skills. The course will focus on enabling students to examine the values that are necessary for a culturally competent understanding and response to child welfare, specifically accepting the existence of biases and developing a commitment to a strengths-based model that relies on respect and working toward empowerment as a goal for intervention. Culture is defined broadly, and the course will expose students to a range of belief systems common in different groups concerning child rearing and child maltreatment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 100 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

CHAD210: Child Abuse and Neglect (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide students with an understanding of the concepts of child abuse and neglect, utilizing social science theory and research. Causes and consequences of child abuse and neglect will be explored, and multidisciplinary approaches to intervention and prevention will be addressed. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 or CHAD 100.

CHAD220: Social Welfare Policy and Services (3 hours lecture)

This course explores social welfare issues in the United States, in the context of their history, primary rationale, and the values supporting different approaches. Emphasis is placed on policies, programs and institutional structures affecting children, youth and families across multiple service systems. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 100 or CHAD 110 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

CHAD325: Helping and Engagement Skills (3 hours lecture)

This course provides an overview of the helping process in social work, and describes the skills necessary to work with various client systems, including individuals, families and groups. Specific emphasis will be placed on engaging vulnerable children, adolescents and their families. Ethical considerations, essential values and theories, and the "use of self" in the helping process will be discussed. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 220.

CHAD425: Seminar in Social Work (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who seek an in depth, integrative understanding of the field of social work and its relationship to other disciplines that serve the needs of children, adolescents and families. This course will rely on specialists in the field to present research, knowledge of their field, career opportunities, and entry level requirements involved in becoming a social work professional. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 325.