Social Work Education

SWRK 20. Introduction to Social Work

Social, economic, political, historical, and philosophic components in development of social welfare and social work in western society.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SWRK 122T. Topics in Social Work

Topics in fields of social work practice, basic social work theories, and social work methods.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 15 units

SWRK 122T. Criminal Justice and Social Work

This three-unit course provides a foundation for the intersection of social work and criminal justice. The historical context of social work within criminal justice is explored. Topics covered in this course include the rise of punitive criminal justice, such as mass incarceration and the expansion of the carceral state. Criminological theory is examined within the context of social work theory. The role of institutional oppression and systemic racism are also discussed. Other topics related to criminal justice and social work are explored. This topic may not be repeated for credit. (Offered Fall 2021)

Units: 3

SWRK 122T. Social Work Practice in Criminal Justice Settings

This course focuses on the application of criminological theories and policies in social work practice settings. The course will introduce students to the roles and practices of social workers in correctional settings, reentry programs, non-profits that serve the incarcerated, probation/parole, courts, and juvenile justice settings This topic may not be repeated for credit. (Offered Fall 2021)

Units: 3

SWRK 123. Social Welfare Policies and Programs

Prerequisites/Corequisites: SWRK 20 passed with a C grade; SWRK 123 and 135 must be taken concurrently. Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 160 also required; 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA and completion of lower division GE. Basic policies and major programs in contemporary social welfare; consumption, income supports, job provision, housing, health, civil rights, consumer advocacy, population control, environmental standards; principles of social security, administration of social services, roles of government and citizen participation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 124. Social Welfare Policy Advocacy

A two-day course offered in March of the Spring semester at the state capital in Sacramento, California, providing beginning skill-building in advocacy and political action on current social welfare policy issues.

Units: 1

SWRK 125. Social Services for the Aging

(SWRK 125 same as GERON 125.) Students will be acquainted with the common bio-psycho social needs of the aging in the United States and the social services available to meet those needs. Within the context of social work values and problem-solving methods, attention will be given to issues of ethnicity, gender, and gaps in services.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 128. Child Welfare

History, development, and provision of child welfare services in the United States. Meets State of California pre-licensure requirements for child abuse assessment and reporting content.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SWRK 129. Treatment of Chemical Dependency

Intervention and treatment of the chemically dependent and of family members. Meets State of California requirements for Licensed Master Social Work through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SWRK 135. Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Prerequisites/Corequisites: SWRK 20 passed with a C grade; SWRK 123 and 135 must be taken concurrently. Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 160 also required; 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA and completion of lower division GE. A general systems approach focused on the interaction of biological, psychological, and cultural phenomena with individuals, small groups, complex organizations, and communities.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 136. Cultural Diversity and Oppression

Prerequisite: SWRK 20 passed with C grade, and completion of Lower Division GE requirements for Social Work Undergraduate majors. No restrictions for any other majors. Cultural, economic, ethnic, social, and psychological considerations for helping members of groups who suffer oppressed status in our heterogeneous society. Multicultural/International M/I.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SWRK 137. Principles in Cross-Cultural Competence

Prerequisite: SWRK 136. Theory of practice framework for skill-based cross-cultural competency in human services delivery; formulation of problems and interaction with diverse populations. Skills in practice and interaction with diverse clients in educational, business, and public/ private human services settings. Problem formulation and interaction skills with diverse populations. Required for Cross-Cultural Competency Certificate.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SWRK 152. Introduction to Mediation & Conflict Resolution for Human Service Professionals

To provide students a knowledge base in mediation as a method of conflict resolution and enable them in development of beginning level skills in mediating conflicts as a part of social work practice.

Units: 3

SWRK 160. Social Work Practice: Professional Identity

Prerequisites/Corequisites: SWRK 20 passed with C grade and SWRK 123 and SWRK 135 taken concurrently; 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA; completion of lower division GE passed with minimum C grade. Course reserved for Social Work Undergraduate majors The development of professional identity in generalist social work practice.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 161. Social Work Processes

Prerequisites: SWRK 20, SWRK 123, SWRK 135 and SWRK 160. Foundation for generalist Social Work Practice. (Formerly SWRK 130.)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 161S. Social Work Processes

Prerequisites: SWRK 20, SWRK 123, SWRK 135, and SWRK 160. Foundation for generalist social work practice. A service learning component will be integrated for further reflection and professional growth.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 170. Quantitative Research in Social Work: Theory and Application

Prerequisites: SWRK 20, SWRK 123, SWRK 135, and SWRK 160. Introduction to social work research and quantitative methods. Focuses on the scientific methods, quantitative methods, data analysis, and presentation. (Formerly SWRK 127).

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 171. Qualitative Research in Social Work: Theory and Application

Prerequisite: SWRK 170 passed with a C grade. Introduction to the use of qualitative research methods. Focuses on an inductive approach to building knowledge for practice. Content includes development of research questions, study design, sampling, data collection, and data analysis. (Formerly 176)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 180. Seminar in Macro Practice

Prerequisites: SWRK 20, SWRK 123, SWRK 135, SWRK 136, SWRK 160, SWRK 161 or SWRK 161S. Must be taken concurrently with SWRK 181I. Analysis of intervention strategies in large groups, organizations, and the community. In conjuction with field, this class represents the macro culminating experience in the social work major. (Formerly SWRK 139 and 141.)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 181I. Field Instruction A

First semester Field internship. SWRK 20, SWRK 123, SWRK 135, SWRK 136, SWRK 160 and SWRK 161 or SWRK 161S passed with C grade. Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 180. Guided social work practice experience with individuals, groups, families and organizations. Liability insurance required during internship. CR/NC grading only. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 6
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 182I. Field Instruction B

Second semester field internship. Prerequisites: SWRK 180 and SWRK 181I with a CR grade; concurrent enrollment in SWRK 183. Guided social work practice experience with individuals, groups, families and organizations. Liability insurance required. CR/NC grading only. (Formerly SWRK 181, second semester), (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 6
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 183. Seminar in Micro Practice

Prerequisite: SWRK 180 and SWRK 181I passed with a C or CR grade. Must be taken concurrently with SWRK 182I. Acquisition of micro social work practice skills integrating human behavior and social environment theories, research, and social policy in interventions with individuals, families and small groups. With field, seminar represents the culminating experience in micro practice in the social work major. (Formerly SWRK 140.)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

SWRK 200. Social Welfare Policy I

Philosophical and historical foundations of the profession of social work and the domain of social welfare. Includes review of major federally sponsored social policies and programs in the United States and the relationship between social problems, and programmatic professional responses.

Units: 3

SWRK 203. Social Welfare Policy II

Prerequisite: SWRK 200. Concurrent Enrollment in SWRK 272T, is recommend. Analysis of social welfare policies, including social, economic, cultural, political, legislative, administrative and legal dimensions. Comparison of various policy analysis frameworks. The role of social workers in the policy-making process.

Units: 3

SWRK 210. Laws, Ethics, & Professional Issues in Social Work Practice I

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 220 and SWRK 280. Introduction to the social work profession's code of ethics and the standards, laws and regulations governing foundation social work practice.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 211. Laws, Ethics, & Professional Issues in Social Work Practice II

Prerequisites: SWRK 210 and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 221, SWRK 222 and SWRK 281. This course builds on the foundation knowledge from SWRK 210, providing content on ethical dilemmas, ethical decision making, ethical standards and risk management, laws and regulations governing foundation social work practice.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 212. Human Behavior in the Social Environment: A Multisystems Approach

Provides knowledge of the theories that attempt to bring understanding to the behavior of people as individuals, members of families, groups, organizations and communities.

Units: 3

SWRK 213. Human Behavior and Social Environment: Cultural Diversity and Oppression

Prerequisite: SWRK 212. Theoretical knowledge-based implications for advanced social work practice with culturally diverse and oppressed populations. (Formerly SWRK 216).

Units: 3

SWRK 220. Seminar in Foundations for Social Work Practice I

Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 280 is required as SWRK 220 is taken simultaneously with field to allow for the integration of applying your classroom learning to the actual "real world" experiences/cases in field. Seminar about the development of multi-system social work practice with an emphasis upon intervention with individuals, families, and small groups.

Units: 3

SWRK 221. Seminar in Foundations for Social Work Practice II

Prerequisites: SWRK 200, SWRK 220 and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 281. Analysis and application of the theories, principles and techniques of social work practice with individuals, families, and groups.

Units: 3

SWRK 222. Advocacy in Social Work Practice

Prerequisites: SWRK 210, SWRK 220 and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 211, SWRK 221 and SWRK 281. Introduces students to the various types of advocacy and the role of advocacy to the welfare state. The students will learn the skills necessary to engage in advocacy with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to address needs and problems.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 223. Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

Prerequisites: SWRK 211, SWRK 213, SWRK 221, SWRK 222, SWRK 263, SWRK 281 and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 282. An analysis and application of the theories, principles, and techniques of advanced social work practice with individuals and families from a strength-based, empowerment perspective.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 225. Seminar in Advanced Social Work Practice with Task and Treatment Groups

Prerequisites: SWRK 200, SWRK 203, SWRK 212, SWRK 213, SWRK 220, SWRK 221, SWRK 260, SWRK 261, SWRK 280, and SWRK 281. Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 224, SWRK 246, SWRK 282, SWRK 292. Analysis and application of the theories, principles and techniques of skills used in task and treatment groups.

Units: 3

SWRK 248. Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities

Prerequisites: SWRK 223, SWRK 282 and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 283. An advanced social work practice course within the multisystem specialization focusing on organizations and communities.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 262. Social Work Research Methods

Co-requisites: Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 200 and SWRK 212. A social work research course focusing on mixed research methods involving both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 263. Program Evaluation and Social Work Research

Prerequisites: SWRK 200, SWRK 212, and SWRK 262. A social work research course focusing on research methods for program evaluation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 264. Advanced Policy, Theory, & Practice in Behavioral Health & Integrated Practice Track I

Co-requisites: Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 223 and SWRK 282. An analysis and application of the policy, theories, principles and techniques of social work practice within behavioral health and integrated practice from a strengths-based, empowerment perspective.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SWRK 265. Advanced Practice in Behavioral Health & Integrated Practice Track II

Prerequisites: SWRK 263 and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 248 and SWRK 283. An advanced analysis and application of the theories, principles and techniques of social work practice within behavioral health and integrated practice from a strengths--based, empowerment perspective.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 269. Advanced Practice Public Mental Health Services I

Knowledge and skills for advanced graduate social work practice in public mental health. Content covers values/ethics, diversity, public policies, practice interventions, services organization and delivery. Required for CalSWEC Public Mental Health Stipend students. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation year course work.

Units: 3

SWRK 270. Advanced Practice Public Mental Health Services II

Advanced public mental health practice. Recovery Model, skills, and evidence-based practice. Required for CalSWEC Public Mental Health stipend students. Prerequisites: Completion of foundation year course work and SWRK 269 PMHS I, or permission of instructor.

Units: 3

SWRK 271T. Seminar in Social Work Specializations

In-depth study of specific treatment modalities or methods, e.g., community organization, community development, crisis intervention, personality adjustment.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 9 units

SWRK 273. Advanced Social Work Practice and Sexuality

Multi-systems assessment and treatment of sexual disorders from a culturally competent, empowering perspective. Current conceptualization of gender, sexual orientation, varieties of sexual expression, AIDS/HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases. Effects of global trafficking on vulnerable populations. Meets State of California pre-licensure requirements for human sexuality content.

Units: 3

SWRK 274. Advanced SW Policy, Theory & Practice in Schools Track I

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 223, SWRK 282 and participation in the School Social Work track. Addresses the specific policy, theory, knowledge and skills for advanced social work practice in school settings. A requirement for the Pupil Personnel Services credential in school social work and child welfare and attendance.

Units: 3

SWRK 275. Advanced Social Work Practice in Schools II

Prerequisite: SWRK 274. Addresses specific target populations, strategies for intervention and evaluation of advanced social work practice in school settings. A requirement for the Pupil Personnel Services credential in school social work and child welfare and attendance.

Units: 3

SWRK 276. Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment Planning for Clinical Social Work

Pre-requisite: SWRK 224. Develop competence in clinical assessment, identify a collaborative treatment plan, and understand the part various mental, behavioral, and emotional problems play in assessment and treatment planning in clinical social work practice.

Units: 3

SWRK 277. Advanced Practice Seminar on Trauma and Abuse

Prerequisite: SWRK 220. Analysis of the effects of trauma and abuse on victims. Historical context of trauma and post-traumatic stress reactions. Effects of trauma and abuse on child and adult development and on individuals and families across cultures and nations. (Formerly SWRK 271T)

Units: 3

SWRK 278. Advanced Policy, Theory, and Practice in Child Welfare Track I

Prerequisites: SWRK 281 and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 282. Examination of current policies, programs, and practices in child welfare in California and the United States including the socio-historical context. Attention given to new perspectives on the delivery system and staffing in child welfare and to the role that theory has in child welfare practice. Meets State of California pre-licensure requirements for child abuse assessment and reporting content. (Formerly SWRK 271T)

Units: 3

SWRK 279. Seminar in Advanced Social Work Practice with Elders

Advanced multi-systems practice course focused on assessment and intervention with older adults and their families. Recommended prerequisite: SWRK 125. Course may be used to meet requirements for gerontology certification. Meets State of California requirements for licensure and continuing education.

Units: 3

SWRK 280. Field Instructed Practice I

Co-rerequisites: permission of field coordinator and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 210 and SWRK 220. First of two semesters applying foundation theories and concepts in field-instructed practice with individuals, groups, families, formal organizations, and communities. Approved for RP grading. CR/NC grading only. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 2-3

SWRK 281. Field Instructed Practice II

Prerequisites: SWRK 280, concurrent enrollment in SWRK 211, SWRK 221, SWRK 222 and permission of Field Coordinator required. Second of two semesters applying foundation theories and concepts in field instructed practice experience with individuals, families, groups, formal organizations and communities. Approved for RP grading. CR/NC grading only. (Formerly SWRK 250) (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 2

SWRK 282. Advanced Field Instructed Practice I

Prerequisites: SWRK 281; concurrent enrollment in SWRK 223, and permission of Field Coordinator. First of two semesters applying advanced theories and concepts in field instructed practice with individuals, families, groups, formal organizations and communities. Approved for RP grading. CR/NC grading only. (Formerly SWRK 251). (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 4

SWRK 283. Advanced Field Instructed Practice II

Prerequisites: SWRK 282; concurrent enrollment in SWRK 227 and SWRK 247 and permission of Field Coordinator. Second of two semesters applying advanced theories and concepts in field instructed practice with individuals, families, groups, formal organizations and communities. Approved for RP grading. CR/NC grading only. (Formerly SWRK 251). (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 3

SWRK 288. Advanced Child Welfare Practice Track II

Prerequisite: SWRK 278. This course provides advanced knowledge and practice skills in child welfare services to provide enhanced professional social work practice approaches with abused/neglected children and their families that are founded on social policy and federal and state laws.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SWRK 290. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- [-LINK-]. Approved for SP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

SWRK 292. Seminar in Thesis/Project

Prerequisite: SWRK 260 and SWRK 261. Seminar for developing and implementing thesis or project research that adds to social work practice and knowledge. (Formerly SWRK 272T).

Units: 2

SWRK 298. Project

Prerequisites: SWRK 292 with a C grade and Advancement to Candidacy. See Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable project for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units

SWRK 298C. Project Continuation

Pre-requisite: Project SWRK 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the project. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

SWRK 299. Thesis

Prerequisite: SWRK 292 and Advancement to Candidacy. See Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 2

SWRK 299C. Thesis Continuation

Pre-requisite: Thesis SWRK 299. For continuous enrollment while completing the thesis. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0