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CORE COURSES

201 Introduction to Social Work (4) S
Acquaints the beginning student with the history, philosophy, values, concepts, language, directions, problems, and broad scope of social work. Offers exposure to various agencies and agency policies. Prerequisite: sophomore/junior/senior status. Offered each fall.

251 Diversity and Social Problems in Social Work (4)
An overview of how diversity influences social work practice and the social problems practitioners try to address. Topics include the history, philosophy, values, ethics, concepts, language, directions, problems, and broad scope of diversity and social problems and how they impact social work practice. Offered each fall.

302 Legislation, Policy and Administration (4)
Builds skills in community organization, administrative and legislative process as intervention techniques. Each student is expected to design, develop and present a project using the method taught. Prerequisite: junior status or consent. Offered each spring.

336 Lifespan Development and Behavior (4)
Designed for students who want to develop a strong foundation in human growth and development. Biological, social, and psychological theories of growth and development are examined from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students learn about normal development from conception to aged death as well as certain pathological processes are. Students who have previously taken a developmental course, or will as part of their intended major, may not take this class for additional credit. Prerequisite: junior status or consent. Offered each fall.

400 Social Work Methods with Groups and Communities (4)
Builds skills in group and community intervention techniques in social work. Prerequisites: junior status and consent. Offered each spring.

401 Social Work with Individuals and Families (4) W
The focus of this course will be on learning appropriate intervention skills for helping individuals, couples and families. Understanding the theory on which these interventions are based is prerequisite to developing skills. The course provides opportunities to practice beginning level methods through role playing, observation and feedback, written and oral assignments, and in an experiential learning situation. There will be a fee associated with this class. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, senior status, and consent. Offered each fall.

450 Research Methods in Social Work (4) Q
Offers an overview of data collection methods and analysis procedures within the context of social work. Both positivistic and naturalistic paradigms are examined. Students learn how to pose research questions, design studies, collect data, and analyze, interpret, and report their data. Prerequisites: junior/senior status, successful completion of math requirement or placement B, and consent. Offered each spring.

472 Social Work Internship (12)
The training of social work professionals involves an extensive period of study in the field, known as internship. At Virginia Wesleyan, internship refers to the assignment of students to an agency for a full semester, for thirty-six hours a week. This experience involves working under the weekly supervision of a qualified agency supervisor and performing functions typically performed by generalist social work professionals in the agency. The academic internship supervisor is involved in periodic conferences with the student and the agency supervisor to review the student’s learning and progress. Prerequisites: senior status; C or higher in all required social work courses; completion of application and consent of all full time social work faculty. Corequisite: SW 475. Offered each spring.

475 Social Work Seminar (4) I
This course is designed to provide the vehicle for the formal integration of theory and practice as a companion to the Social Work internship. The seminar is also designed to provide professional and peer support and supervision as a complement to the supervision provided by the agency supervisor. Students will be expected to share their learning in addition to their questions. Emphasis will also be placed on student growth as it relates to the use of self as a helping professional. Ethical questions from the internship experience will be discussed in addition to the theoretical study of ethics as they relate to practice situations. Prerequisites: senior status; same as SW 472. Corequisite: SW 472. Offered each spring.

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