Dalton State 2013-14 Catalog

Bachelor of Social Work

The BSW program prepares graduates to enter generalist social work practice under professional supervision in a variety of social service and health care settings.  A distinctive feature of the Dalton State BSW program is its emphasis on preparing social workers to work competently with diverse individuals and groups.  In addition, graduates of the BSW program may apply for admission to Master of Social Work (MSW) programs at the advanced-standing level, shortening the length of time required to complete graduate study.  The Dalton State College BSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Students must apply for admission to the Upper Division of the BSW program in order to take Junior- and Senior-level social worker courses.  Non-majors may take upper division courses with the permission of the course instructor. 

Requirements for Admission to the Upper Division:

1.  Be admitted as a student in good standing to DSC;

2.  Meet the course prerequisites for upper-division, social work coursework;

3.  Have a minimum institutional GPA of 2.5;

4.  Obtain a minimum grade of “C” in Lower Division Social Work courses; and

5.  Submit a completed application for admission to the BSW Upper Division.

Application Deadline:

Students are admitted to the Social Work Upper Division to begin study in Fall Semester, and progress through the program with a cohort of students who are admitted to the program at the same time.  The online application period for applying for regular admission to the Social Work Upper Division will extend from January 15 through February 28.  Students may also apply for late admission to the Social Work Upper Division and may be accepted if space in the cohort is available.  The online application period for applying for late admission to the Social Work Upper Division will extend from June 1 through July 15.  Students who were previously admitted to the Social Work Upper Division must re-apply if they have not been enrolled in social work courses at DSC for one calendar year.

Additional Information:

Students may elect to follow a two-year plan or a three-year plan for completing Upper Division courses (60 semester hours).  Courses have been arranged in a sequential manner so that new learning builds on previous learning.  Students should exercise care when registering for courses and be certain that they are following their approved plan of study.  Participation in a brief cultural immersion program for credit (either in the U.S. or abroad) is strongly encouraged.  Information about financial assistance is available from the Social Work Department.

Please note that the BSW degree requires completion of Spanish courses (or credit by examination) through the 1002 level.   Criminal background checks, the purchase of professional liability insurance, and the purchase of other types of insurance may be required at the student’s expense.  Social work students participate in off-campus, field education in area social service agencies.  Students must have reliable transportation to get to and from these agencies.

Transfer Students:

The BSW Program welcomes transfer students.  Students who are interested in transferring to DSC to complete the BSW should contact the Social Work Department to obtain additional information and to discuss their particular situations.

I. Core Curriculum
Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Choose one of the following:3
Quantitative Skills/Reasoning
Intro to Mathematical Modeling
College Algebra
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
One of the following electives:1
Argumentation and Advocacy
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Political and Social Rhetoric
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Health & Wellness Concepts
Race and Ethnicity in America
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Must choose a minimum of one, but no more than two of the following electives: 6
Intro to Film as Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
If only one English Elective is chosen, add one of the following:
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
Two of the following Lab Science Electives:8
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Botany
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
One of the following electives:3-4
Introduction to Astronomy
Environmental Studies
Principles of Botany
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Computer Concepts/Programming
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Precalculus Mathematics
Applied Calculus
Introduction to Statistics
Calculus and Analytic Geom I
Calculus and Analytic Geom II
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology3
One of the following electives:3
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Human Geography
Intro to Physical Geography
World Civilization to 1650 CE
World Civilization since 1650
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Applied Psychology
PSYC 2250 Abnormal Psychology Allowable Area E Elective
Social Problems *
Area F: Major Related
SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology3
SOWK 2101The Social Work Profession (C or above)3
SOWK 2102The Social Welfare Institution (C or Above)3
SPAN 1001Elementary Spanish I3
SPAN 1002Elementary Spanish II3
One of the following electives:3
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Interpersonal Communications
Intro to Criminal Justice
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Human Geography
Intro to Physical Geography
World Civilization to 1650 CE
World Civilization since 1650
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Fundamentals of Computer Appli
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Applied Psychology
PSYC 2250 Abnormal Psychology Allowable Area E Elective
Social Problems
Marriage and Family
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Physical Education
Activity Elective 1
II. Upper Level Courses
SOWK 3003Spanish for Social Services3
SOWK 3101Human Diversity3
SOWK 3102Human Behavior I3
SOWK 3103Human Behavior II3
SOWK 3201Gen Practice of Social Work I3
SOWK 3202Gen Practice of Social Work II *3
SOWK 3302Social Work in Child Welfare3
SOWK 3501Social Work in Mental Health3
SOWK 3505Social Work in Appalachia3
SOWK 4201Gen Practice of Soc Work III3
SOWK 4202Gen Practice of Social Work IV3
SOWK 4301Social Work w/Latino Clients3
SOWK 4400Foundation for Social Research3
SOWK 4401Senior Capstone Project2
SOWK 4402Senior Capstone Project2
SOWK 4998Practicum & Seminar Soc Work I **4
SOWK 4999Practicum/Seminar Soc Work II **4
Social Work Electives: Choose a minimum of three of the following electives:9
Writing for Educ/Soc Sciences
Social Work with Older Adults
Substance Abuse
Advanced Child Welfare
Health and Social Environment
Mental Health/Spec Populations
Individual Study in Soc Work
Total Hours121-122

*

Requires 50 hours of practicum in social service agency.

**

Requires 20 hours per week practicum in a social service agency.


Courses

SOWK 2101. The Social Work Profession. 2-1-3 Units.

History and current status of the profession of social work. The role of the social worker in various fields of practice. The professional's commitment to social and economic justice for vulnerable and oppressed populations. Social work values and ethics.(F, S)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1101.

SOWK 2102. The Social Welfare Institution. 3-0-3 Units.

History and current status of social welfare programs and services in the United States. Philosophical, religious, economic, and political perspectives on social welfare.(F)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1101.

SOWK 3003. Spanish for Social Services. 3-0-3 Units.

Advanced communication skills for serving Spanish-speaking clients. Advanced conversational skills with important social work terms and concepts. Proper greetings, translation of technical terms, and ways to reduce discomfort for Spanish-speaking clients.(F,M)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor and SOWK 3101.

SOWK 3101. Human Diversity. 3-0-3 Units.

A general introduction to the concepts of diversity in the United States, including the various histories of oppression of minority groups. Readings and sensitivity exercises related to African-American, Appalachian, and Hispanic/Latino cultures. An introduction to cultural competence.(F)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor.

SOWK 3102. Human Behavior I. 3-0-3 Units.

An overview of theories of human behavior needed for generalist practice with an introduction to ego psychology, behaviorism, and life-stage development theories. An introduction to ecological systems theory and the ecological perspective in social work with orientation to micro, mezzo, and macro levels of understanding individuals and families.(F)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor.

SOWK 3103. Human Behavior II. 3-0-3 Units.

The second of a two-course HBSE sequence is a study of the interaction of human behavior and the social environment with an emphasis on larger systems: groups, organizations, and communities utilizing the ecological and multi-level systems perspectives.(S)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor and SOWK 3102.

SOWK 3201. Gen Practice of Social Work I. 2-2-3 Units.

This course is designed to introduce students in a variety of professional disciplines to effective verbal and written communication skills, as well as the methods, skills, and procedures used in interviewing clients in a variety of practice settings. Theory and research will provide the foundation for the development and practice of effective professional communication and interviewing skills. SOWK 3101 and SOWK 3102 must be taken prior to or in conjunction with SOWK 3201.(F)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor and SOWK 3101.

SOWK 3202. Gen Practice of Social Work II. 3-0-3 Units.

Theory and practice of generalist social work. Knowledge, skills, and ethical principles needed for beginning social work practice. Problem identification, assessment, intervention, and evaluation of practice with individuals and families from a person-in-environment perspective. Record keeping in social service agencies. Requires 50 hours of practicum in a social service agency.(S)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor, SOWK 3101, SOWK 3102, and SOWK 3201.

SOWK 3302. Social Work in Child Welfare. 3-0-3 Units.

History and practice in the child welfare programs of the United States with special attention to family systems, child development, identifying child abuse and neglect, and child welfare services.(F)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor.

SOWK 3501. Social Work in Mental Health. 3-0-3 Units.

History of mental illness, treatment, and systems in the U.S., with particular attention to the mental health system in Georgia. An overview of current mental health diagnoses, theories, and treatment modalities. Ecological, systems, and strengths perspectives working with individuals, families, and groups. The role of case management with the chronically mentally ill.(S)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor.

SOWK 3502. Social Work with Older Adults. 3-0-3 Units.

Overview of the impact of aging, using the biopsychosocial-spiritual, ecological, and strengths perspectives. Federal, state, and local programs, services, and social policies are reviewed. Generalist practice models are introduced for working with older adults and their families, with a focus on empowerment. The roles of generalist social workers and career opportunities are examined.(S)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor.

SOWK 3503. Substance Abuse. 3-0-3 Units.

This course is taught from a social work perspective, focusing on client strengths and empowerment. An overview of the history of substance abuse and social policies. Categories, properties, and effects of alcohol and drugs on the individual. Impact of addiction on individuals, families, and communities. Current treatment modalities and services, with interventions appropriate for generalist social workers.(F,M)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor.

SOWK 3504. Advanced Child Welfare. 3-0-3 Units.

Emphasis on foster care and adoption. Risk assessment, intake and family assessment, case planning, intervention, and documentation will be covered within the context of family-centered child welfare practice.(S)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor, SOWK 3101, SOWK 3102, and SOWK 3302.

SOWK 3505. Social Work in Appalachia. 3-0-3 Units.

Knowledge and skills for work with individuals, families, and communities in Appalachia. Prepares students for generalist social work practice in Appalachia. Emphases are cultural competence and issues of oppression and justice.
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor and SOWK 3101.

SOWK 3506. Health and Social Environment. 3-0-3 Units.

History and structure of the health care system in the United States and in other industrial nations. Overview of health care systems in in other countries. The impact of social determinants of health and illness. Health disparities and discrimination in health care will be discussed.
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor.

SOWK 3507. Mental Health/Spec Populations. 3-0-3 Units.

This course is a focused study of the specific mental health needs, diagnoses, and treatment of specific populations, such as children, women, survivors of domestic violence, veterans, older adults, and other groups. This advanced elective builds on the foundational knowledge acquired in SOWK 3501 Social Work and Mental Health, providing students with knowledge, theory, and evidence-based interventions for specific populations encountered in generalist practice.(F)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor and SOWK 3501.

SOWK 4201. Gen Practice of Soc Work III. 3-0-3 Units.

Theory and practice of generalist social work. Knowledge, skills, and ethical principles needed for entry-level social work practice. Problem identification, assessment, intervention, and evaluation of outcome from a multi-level, ecological systems perspective and a strengths perspective. Emphasizes application of theory toward interventions with groups, organizations, and communities.(F)
Prerequisites: Admission to the BSW upper division or permission of instructor andSOWK 3101, SOWK 3201, SOWK 3103.

SOWK 4202. Gen Practice of Social Work IV. 3-0-3 Units.

Social insurance, public assistance, and social service programs in the United States Comparative social welfare systems in Europe and Latin America. The influences of economics and politics on social services. Introduction to models of policy analysis.(S)
Prerequisites: SOWK 3103, SOWK 4201.

SOWK 4301. Social Work w/Latino Clients. 3-0-3 Units.

Prepares students to practice social work with Latino individuals and families focusing on individual, social and environmental issues that encountered in micro, mezzo, and macro social work practice with Latino clients. Content will cover Latino family patterns, naming customs, family celebrations, cultural patterns.(S,M)
Prerequisites: SOWK 3102.

SOWK 4400. Foundation for Social Research. 3-0-3 Units.

Social worker practitioners must demonstrate the effectiveness of services they deliver to clients. Students will become competent in research problem formulation, design, data collection and analysis (including statistical procedures). Students will gain expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.(F)
Prerequisites: SOWK 3201.
Corequisites: SOWK 4401, SOWK 4498.

SOWK 4401. Senior Capstone Project. 2-0-2 Units.

The first of a two-course sequence of directed study experiences during which the senior BSW student will conceptualize an outcome study related to the student's senior practicum, conduct a literature review of the topic area, select measurement tools, and write a first draft of the project. The study will develop in parallel with the development of research skills and completion of assignments in SOWK 4400 and the development and application of practice skills in SOWK 4998.(F)
Corequisites: SOWK 4400, SOWK 4998.

SOWK 4402. Senior Capstone Project. 2-0-2 Units.

The second of a two-course sequence of directed study experiences during which the senior BSW student will complete an outcome study related to the student's senior practicum, refine the literature review of the topic area, carry out the design of the study, and write a polished manuscript presenting the results of the study.(S)
Prerequisites: SOWK 4400, SOWK 4401, SOWK 4998.
Corequisites: SOWK 4402, SOWK 4999.

SOWK 4900. Individual Study in Soc Work. 0-0-1-6 Unit.

1-6 hours. May count as elective hours. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 hours.Individual study, reading, or projects under direction of a social work faculty member. Non-traditional format: Directed study.
Prerequisites: SOWK 4998.
Corequisites: SOWK 4402.

SOWK 4998. Practicum & Seminar Soc Work I. 2-16-4 Units.

Generalist practicum and integrative seminar. A minimum of 15 hours per week of supervised social work practice in a social agency is required.(F)
Prerequisites: SOWK 3201.
Corequisites: SOWK 4400, SOWK 4401.

SOWK 4999. Practicum/Seminar Soc Work II. 2-16-4 Units.

Generalist practicum and integrative seminar. A minimum of 15 hours per week supervised social work practice in a social agency is required. A continuation of SOWK 4998.(S)
Prerequisites: SOWK 4998.
Corequisites: SOWK 4402.

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