Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2014–2015 and 2015–2016; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

A full explanation of course numbers is given in General Information. In brief, the first digit of a course number indicates the semester hour value of the course. The second and third digits indicate the rank of the course: if they are 01 through 19, the course is of lower-division rank; if 20 through 79, of upper-division rank; if 80 through 99, of graduate rank.

The information in parentheses after a course number is the Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) designation. Only TCCN designations that are exact semester-hour equivalents of University courses are listed here. Additional TCCN information is given in Appendix A.

Social Work: S W

Lower-Division Courses

S W 310 (TCCN: SOCW 2361). Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare.

Introduction to the profession of social work and its roles in the social welfare system, with emphasis on social problems, society's historical response, and contemporary proposed solutions. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, and forty-five clock hours of service learning.

S W 311. Introductory Topics in Social Work.

Selected introductory topics in the social work profession. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic 1: Sign Language for Social Workers I. Restricted to social work pre-majors and majors. Social Work 311 (Topic: Sign Language for Social Workers I) and 311 (Topic 1) may not both be counted. May be counted towards the foreign language requirement for social work.
Topic 2: Sign Language for Social Workers II. Restricted to social work pre-majors and majors. Social Work 311 (Topic: Sign Language for Social Workers II) and 311 (Topic 2) may not both be counted. May be counted towards foreign language requirement for social work. Additional prerequisite: Social Work 311 (Topic 1).
Topic 3: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System. Social Work 311 (Topic: Criminal Justice System) and 311 (Topic 3) may not both be counted.

S W 312. Generalist Social Work Practice: Knowledge, Values, and Skills.

Restricted to social work pre-majors. Introduction to generalist social work practice, with emphasis on the knowledge, values, and skills used in intervention. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, and forty-five clock hours of service learning. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Social Work 310.

S W 313. Social Work Research Methods.

Introduction to the logic, design, and use of research, with emphasis on research designs appropriate to social work. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Social Work 318 or the equivalent.

S W 318. Social Work Statistics.

Introduction to statistics commonly used in social work research, including the critical analysis of the findings and inferential processes of existing research studies. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Completion of the Area C mathematics requirement for the Bachelor of Social Work.

Upper-Division Courses

S W 323K. Social Welfare Programs, Policies, and Issues.

Restricted to social work majors. Study of structure and function of service delivery systems, policy analysis, and effects and influences of policy on practice and planning decisions. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Government 310L, 312L, History 315K, 315L, and three semester hours of coursework in Economics are recommended.

S W 325. Foundations of Social Justice.

History and demographics of culturally diverse groups in the United States, including family and community diversity. Emphasis on principles of knowledge acquisition about cultural diversity and ethnic-sensitive social work practice. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Social Work 310.

S W 327. Human Behavior and Social Environment.

Same as Urban Studies 354 (Topic 10). Survey of selected theories of human behavior, including a systems/ecological perspective, ego psychology, and social learning theory, with emphasis on the life cycle from adolescence through adulthood. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Social Work 327, Urban Studies 354 (Topic: Human Behavior and Social Environment), 354 (Topic 10). Prerequisite: For social work majors, admission to the major in social work; for others, upper-division standing.

S W 332. Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families.

Restricted to social work majors. Theory and knowledge of effecting change in individuals and families, with emphasis on analytical and interactional processes and skills. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Social Work 325 and 327 with a grade of at least C in each.

S W 333. Social Work Practice with Groups.

Restricted to social work majors. Theory and knowledge of group dynamics, group development, and effective group work skills. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Social Work 325 and 327 with a grade of at least C in each.

S W 334. Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities.

Restricted to social work majors. Theory and knowledge of effecting change in organizations and communities, with an emphasis on analytical and interactional processes and skills. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

S W 640. Social Work Practicum I.

Field practicum providing supervised experience in which students apply knowledge and develop skills of social work practice. Educational supervision by faculty and by social workers in community agencies. Sixteen laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to the field sequence and concurrent enrollment in Social Work 641 and 444.

S W 641. Social Work Practicum II.

Knowledge and skill in social work, building on objectives emphasized in Social Work 640. Educational supervision by faculty and by social workers in community agencies. Sixteen laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to the field sequence and concurrent enrollment in Social Work 640 and 444.

S W 444. Integrative Seminar.

Integration of theory and practice on the basis of field practicum experiences. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Completion of all requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work degree except Social Work 640 and 641, and concurrent enrollment in Social Work 640 and 641.

S W 350. Special Topics in Generalist Social Work.

Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

S W 360K, 460K. Current Social Work Topics.

Designed to enable each student to undertake intensive study of selected aspects of social work practice. Three or four lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Varies with the topic.

Topic 2: African American Family. Same as African and African Diaspora Studies 321K and Women's and Gender Studies 340 (Topic 3). Overview of historical and contemporary issues facing African American families and children. Social service delivery to African American families and communities is emphasized. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: African and African Diaspora Studies 321K, 374 (Topic 1), Social Work 360K (Topic 2), Women's and Gender Studies 340 (Topic 3).
Topic 3: Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
Topic 4: Social Work Practice with Abused and Neglected Children and Their Families. Social Work 360K (Topic: Social Work Practice with Abused and Neglected Children and Their Families) and 360K, 460K (Topic 4).
Topic 6: Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence. Social Work 360K (Topic: Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence) and 360K, 460K (Topic 6) may not both be counted.
Topic 7: International Social Work. Social Work 360K (Topic: International Social Work) and 360K, 460K (Topic 7) may not both be counted.
Topic 8: Leadership in the Community. Must have consent of instructor to register. Social Work 360K (Topic: Leadership in the Community) and 360K, 460K (Topic 8) may not both be counted.
Topic 9: Loss and Grief: Individual, Family, and Cultural Perspectives. Social Work 360K (Topic: Loss and Grief: Individual, Family, and Cultural Perspectives) and 360K, 460K (Topic 9) may not both be counted.
Topic 10: Methods of Play Intervention. Social Work 360K (Topic: Methods of Play Intervention) and 360K, 460K (Topic 10) may not both be counted.
Topic 12: Social Work in the Legal System. Social Work 360K (Topic: Social Workers in the Legal System) and 360K, 460K (Topic 12) may not both be counted.
Topic 13: Social Work in the School Setting. Social Work 360K (Topic: Social Work in the School Setting) and 360K, 460K (Topic 13) may not both be counted.
Topic 14: Working with Youth Gangs. Social Work 360K (Topic: Working with Youth Gangs) and 360K, 460K (Topic 14) may not both be counted.
Topic 15: Youth, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice. Social Work 360K (Topic: Youth, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justices) and 360K, 460K (Topic 15) may not both be counted.
Topic 16: Roots of Social and Economic Justice: An International Perspective. Course is offered as a Maymester in London through Study Abroad Office. Social Work 360K (Topic: Roots of Social and Economic Justice: An International Perspective) and 360K, 460K (Topic 16) may not both be counted.

S W 679H. Honors Tutorial Course.

Individual conference course in social work research and writing. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and admission to the Social Work Honors Program.