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LOWER DIVISION

220. Introduction to Social Welfare (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE foundation requirements.
Offers an understanding of social welfare, and the knowledge, values, and skills essential to social work practice. It examines historical and philosophical perspectives including cultural, economic, political, and social forces.

221. Introduction to Social Welfare Practicum (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor; Corequisite: SW 220.
Lecture classes and visiting and observing approved social service agencies and allied activities.
Open to social work majors only. Credit/No Credit grading only.

UPPER DIVISION

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

330. Human Behavior and Social Environment: Birth through Adolescence (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Multi-dimensional development from conception through adolescence is explored by examining expectations, resources and barriers presented by mainstream society. Influences of culture, ethnicity, family systems, socioeconomic status, sexism and racism are assessed for their impact on healthy child development.
Letter grade only (A-F).

331. Human Behavior and Social Environment: Young Adulthood through Old Age (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Multi-dimensional development in adulthood is explored by examining expectations, resources and barriers presented by mainstream society. Influences of culture, ethnicity, family systems, socioeconomic status, sexism and racism are assessed for their impact on healthy adult development.
Letter grade only (A-F).

340. Generalist Social Work Practice (3)
Prerequisites: SW 220, 221, 330, 350. Concurrent enrollment in SW 341.
Social work practice as a helping process with all size systems. Social work knowledge, ethics, values, principles, professional relationships, interviewing and beginning assessment and intervention phases are examined. The activities of the social worker in resolution of psychosocial problems.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

341. Social Work Practicum (3)
Corequisite: SW 331, 340, and 351. Minimum of 8 hours weekly experience in approved social service or allied setting.
Social work field practice including interviewing, assessment, and intervention activities.
Credit/No Credit grading only. Open to social work majors only. Not open for credit to students with credit in SW 340A.

350. Social Policy: Law and Court Decisions (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Social policy as defined in legislation and judicial decisions affecting the rights of individual families, minorities, and the general welfare.
Letter grade only (A-F).

351. Social Policy: Formulation and Analysis (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Policy formulation and analysis related to social welfare institutions and major social welfare policies and programs. Current values and issues in social welfare policy.
Letter grade only (A-F).

406A. Applications of Social Work with older Adults (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and upper division status.
Provides an intergenerational service learning experience.
Students learn about the bio-psycho-social dimensions of the aging process and group work. This knowledge is applied by students when they co-facilitate weekly discussion support groups with older adults in independent living communities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

406B. Applications of Social Work with older Adults (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and upper division status.
Different topics from 406A, can be a continuation of SW 406A or may be taken separately. Advanced group work with older adults. Students learn about the bio-psocho-social dimensions of the aging process. This knowledge is applied by students when they co-facilitate weekly discussion support groups with older adults in independent living communities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

423. Child Abuse and Prevention (3)
Examination of child abuse as a social problem; its history and causal factors, including changing family patterns.
Intervention practices, including identification and investigation, social services and court interventions are reviewed. Policy implications will be examined.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as SOC 423.

440. Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups (3)
Prerequisites: SW 331, 340, 341. Concurrent enrollment in SW 495A.
Adaptation of generalist frameworks of social work practice to generalist group approaches. Analysis of dynamics, theories, and principles underlying group practice. Programs, practice techniques, and roles involved with groups.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

441. Generalist Social Work Practice with Communities and Institutions (3)
Prerequisites: SW 331, 340, 341, 351. Concurrent enrollment in 495B.
Adaptation of generalist frameworks of social work practice to generalist approaches to community and institutional applications. Analysis of theories and principles underlying community practice. Adaptation of theories and activities to organizational contexts. Techniques and activities applicable to communities and neighborhoods.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

442. Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (3)
Prerequisites: SW 331, 340, 341. Concurrent enrollment in SW 495A.
Adaptation of generalist frameworks of social work practice to generalist practice with individuals and families. Theories, techniques, activities, and role of social workers; differential approaches to study, assessment, intervention, and helping processes.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

465. Research Methods in Social Work (3)
Prerequisites: SW 440 and 442 and one course in elementary statistics. Concurrent enrollment in SW 441, 465 and 495B.
Introduction to research methods in social work with an emphasis on the evaluation of social work interventions and agency programs.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

469./569. Disability, Culture and Society: Issues and Intervention (3)
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate status.
Disability as a social construct. Examines policies and practices to understand the experience of disability. Includes historical and contemporary perspectives as well as future issues. Emphasis on social and clinical intervention methods as well as programs and resources.
Same course as GERN 469/569 and REC 469/569 Letter grade only (A-F).

480. Social Work with Families and Children (3)
Contemporary social welfare programs designed to meet the physical, psychological, and social needs of families and children. Basic principles and methods of providing services, including the role of the social worker.
Letter grade only (A-F).

481. Immigration Issues in Social Work (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Survey major issues regarding immigrants in California. Origins of current immigrant flow and policies which facilitate entry into the U.S. Designed to assist social welfare services by examining the unique immigrant client experience and barriers they encounter accessing services.
Letter grade only (A-F).

484. International Perspectives in Social Welfare for the Elderly (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Critical analysis of aging problems in developed and developing countries, discussing demographic, socioeconomic and humanitarian issues from a social welfare perspective. Discussion of medical, financial and social service programs for the elderly to meet these needs in various countries.
Letter grade only (A-F).

490. Special Topics in Social Work (1-4)
Topics of special interest in social work for intensive study.
Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units with different topics. Open to social work majors only.
Letter grade only (A-F).

491. Non-Violent Conflict Resolution: In Your Life, On the Job, With Your Clients and Around the Planet (3)
Designed to help the social work student examine conflict and violence, their own and others’ responses to conflict situations on the intrapersonal, interpersonal and community levels, and to learn to deal with conflict in a productive, non-violent manner.
Letter grade only (A-F).

495A. Field Experience in Social Work (7)
Prerequisites: SW 330, 331, 340, 341, 350, 351. Concurrent enrollment in SW 440 and SW 442.
Open to senior social work majors only. First of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency.
Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours in internship. Credit/No Credit grading only.

495B. Field Experience in Social Work (7)
Prerequisites: SW 442 and 495A. Concurrent enrollment in two of the following: SW 440, 441, and 465.
Open to senior social work majors only. Second of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency.
Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours in internship. Credit/No Credit grading only.

499. Directed Studies (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study of special topics under supervision of a faculty member.
Open to social work majors only. Letter grade only (A-F).

GRADUATE LEVEL

500. Foundations for Generalist and Multicultural Social Work Practice (3)
Corequisites: SW 596A or 596C.
Provides knowledge and skills for generalist, multicultural practice with all size systems, from ecological perspective. Implementation of principles, ethics, values, professional relationships, interviewing/communication skills and tasks of the initial, assessment and intervention phases, including examining multicultural differences and expectations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

503A. Human Behavior and Environment in Multicultural Perspectives: Focus on Prenatal through Adolescence (3)
Reviews key theoretical frameworks (including psychodynamic, bio-psych-social, cognitive, systems, learning and role theories) for their clinical application to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and families. Focus is on the impact of poverty socio-cultural factors in child development.
Letter grade only (A-F).

503B. Human Behavior and Environment in Multicultural Perspectives: Focus on Young Adulthood Through old Age (3)
Prerequisite: SW 503A.
Reviews key theoretical frameworks (including psychodynamic, bio-psycho-social, cognitive, systems, learning and role theories) for clinical application to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of adults and families. Focus is on the impact of poverty and socio-cultural factors in adult development.
Letter grade only (A-F).

505. Oppressed Groups: Social Policy Analysis (3)
Analyzes the historical, economic and political factors underlying the United States social welfare system. The impact of current policies on oppressed groups will be examined.
Letter grade only (A-F).

540. Social Work Practice in Health Care (3)
Direct practice issues in a variety of health care settings. Policy issues will also be discussed as they affect or dictate direct practice in various health care settings.
Letter grade only (A-F).

560. Direct Intervention with Individuals and Families: Focus on Children, Youth and Families (3)
Prerequisites: SW 500, 596A, or 596C. Concurrent enrollment in SW 596B or 596D.
Focuses on practice related to interpersonal interaction with children, youth, family and adults. Emphasizes implementation of psychosocial study, assessment and intervention from multicultural perspectives. Cognitive-behavioral, family systems, psychosocial and crisis intervention/brief therapy approaches are examined using an ecological framework.
Letter grade only (A-F).

561. Direct Intervention with Individuals and Families: Focus on Older Adults (3)
Prerequisites: SW 500, 596A or 596C, and concurrent enrollment in SW 596B or 596D.
Examination of varied practice strategies in depth. Behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychosocial and psychodynamic models viewed in relation to the ecological systems and multicultural perspectives. Focuses on assessment through termination phases of the helping process.
Letter grade only (A-F).

562. Social Work and AIDS (3)
Aspects of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Human Immunodeficiency Virus relevant to social work practice are covered. Topics covered include: child welfare, policy implications, psychosocial issues, substance abuse, gender and cultural issues, ethics, prevention, mental health, aging, etc.
Letter grade only (A-F).

569./469. Disability, Culture and Society: Issues and Intervention (3)
Prerequisites: Senior or graduate status.
Disability as a social construct. Examines policies and practices to understand the experience of disability. Includes historical and contemporary perspectives as well as future issues. Emphasis on social and clinical intervention methods as well as programs and resources.
Same course as GERN 569/469 and REC 569/469. Letter grade only (A-F).

590. Special Topics (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Content may vary from semester to semester.
Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units for majors and 9 units for non-majors with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

591. Diagnosis and Treatment in Clinical Practice with Older Adults (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate status.
Introduces the theory and application of clinical interventions with older adults. Within the eco-systems framework and multicultural perspective, emphasis is placed on understanding late-life problems and mental disorders, on developing skills in assessment and diagnosis, and treatment.
Letter grade only (A-F).

592. Community Projects I (3)
Acquisition and application of macro practice skills to community problems. Includes history and methods, relationship between professional values and ethical dimensions of community practice, socio-political determinants of community problems, macro practice theory and models. Implications for culturally diverse, impoverished communities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

593. Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation: Skills for Multicultural Social Work Practice (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate student status.
Increases awareness, knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to effectively carry out multicultural social work practice with diverse populations, in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability status, and national origin. Students facilitate multicultural group interactions.
Letter grade only (A-F).

594A. Research Methods in Social Work I (3)
An introduction to research methods, including conceptualization of research problems, designs, sampling, measurement, and data collection. The emphases are on building skills for conducting multiculturally focused research and evaluating findings critically.
Letter grade only (A-F).

594B. Research Methods in Social Work II (3)
Prerequisite: SW 594A.
Continuation of research methods, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis, program evaluation, grant writing, and preparation of reports for dissemination. There are continued emphases on the ability to conduct multiculturally focused research and evaluate findings critically.
Letter grade only (A-F).

596A. Field Instruction I (3)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in SW 500.
First of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Develops basic skills with individuals, families, groups and communities, emphasizing multi-cultural practice. Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours in agency placement.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

596B. Field Instruction II (3)
Prerequisite: SW 500, 596A or 596C, and concurrent enrollment in SW 560 or 561.
Second of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Develops basic skills with individuals, families, groups and communities, emphasizing multi-cultural practice. Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 16 hours internship.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

596C. Field Instruction I (3)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in SW 500.
First of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Develops basic skills with individuals, families, groups and communities, emphasizing multi-cultural practice. Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 36 hours in internship.
Credit/No Credit grading

596D. Field Instruction II (3)
Prerequisite: SW 500, 596A or 596C, and concurrent enrollment in SW 560 or 561.
Second of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Develops basic skills with individuals, families, groups and communities, emphasizing multi-cultural practice. Two hours weekly field seminar on campus and 36 hours internship.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

599. Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisites: Consent of Department and instructor.
Independent study of special topics under supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

642. Mental Health and the Older Adult: A Multi-Cultural Perspective (3)
Focuses on a broad-based selection of demographic, psychological and social issues concerned with the older person and their families. Topics will be described and analyzed from preventive, clinical and cross-cultural perspectives.
Letter grade only (A-F).

643. Social Work Practice within Child Welfare Services (3)
Prerequisite: SW 503.
Child protective policies and practices, including adoption, family preservation, family foster care, kinship care, group/residential care, independent living, risk assessment. Accomplishments and controversies in service delivery, integrating multi-cultural practice and federally mandated outcomes related to child safety, well-being, and permanency.
Letter grade only (A-F).

660. Direct Intervention with Groups: Focus on Children Youth and Families (3)
Prerequisites: SW 560 and concurrent enrollment in SW 680A or SW 680C.
Teaching of advanced specialized skills needed to work with groups, emphasizing work with children, youth, and families. Focuses on clinical work with groups with special emphasis on eco-systems and multi-cultural perspectives.
Letter grade only (A-F).

661. Direct Intervention with Groups: Focus on Older Adults (3)
Prerequisites: SW 561 and concurrent enrollment in SW 680A.
Teaching of advanced specialized skills needed to work with groups, emphasizing work with older adults and families. Focuses on clinical work with groups with special emphasis on ecosystems and multi-cultural perspectives.
Letter grade only (A-F).

662. Legal Issues in Social Work Practice (3)
Legal aspects concerning children, the family, and aged, abortion and illegitimacy issues, right to treatment, mental health commitment procedures, rights of the elderly, children’s rights, marriage, and divorce are covered. Legal research and resources, legal reasoning, and understanding of court systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

663. Assessment and Treatment of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (3)
Social work practice with individual alcoholics, their family systems, and their community network of collaterals. Awareness of prevalence of alcoholism and drug abuse and significance for clinical social work practice. Dynamics and treatment of disease will be revealed.
Letter grade only (A-F).

665. School Social Work (3)
Social work practice in school-community-pupil relations. Attention to the school as a social institution.
Services in schools as a specialized field of social work practice; models of practice; social work roles; and target groups of children.
Letter grade only (A-F).

666. Human Sexuality and Social Work (3)
Surveys a range of sexually related issues encountered in therapeutic relationships, as part of administrative duties, and at the social policy level. Presents knowledge base and requires student examination of own attitudes regarding various aspects of human sexuality.
Letter grade only (A-F).

667. Sex Roles and Gender Discrimination: Women’s Issues in Social Work (3)
Examines historical and contemporary causes of gender discrimination against women in order to illuminate the problems faced by at-risk women. Special focus on women at risk for mental health problems, violence and poverty along with other critical issues affecting women.
Letter grade only (A-F).

668. Social Work in Neighborhoods (3)
Prepares students to assume social work roles and functions in neighborhood settings. Emphasizes the necessity of understanding the culture, physical and social organization, and power relationships of modalities: planning and service delivery, development, and organization.
Letter grade only (A-F).

670. Social Work Administration (3)
Prerequisites: SW 500; 560 or 561; 596A or C, 596B or D, 660 or 661, and concurrent enrollment in 680B or D.
Examines foundation for organizational leadership and problem solving, using theories of organizational behavior and management. Frameworks for governance, planning, monitoring, information management, human resources, fiscal responsibility, quality assurance, and community relations. Integration of multi-cultural and gender issues.
Letter grade only (A-F).

672. Program Evaluation in Social Services (3)
Introduction to prevailing types of problem evaluation and preparation for continual evaluation checks or self evaluations as conducted within service agencies. Conceptualization of service delivery system. Program planning evaluation, program monitoring, impact evaluation, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Letter grade only (A-F).

673. Supervision/Staff Development/Consultation (3)
Prerequisites: SW 500; 560 or 561; 596A or C, 596B or D, 660 or 661, and concurrent enrollment in 680 B or D.
Reviews the philosophy, objectives, principles and methods of social work supervision, staff development, and consultation. Similarities and differences in the knowledge and skills required are analyzed, emphasizing the teaching-learning-evaluating components. Organizational settings, changing legislation, professional standards are examined.
Letter grade only (A-F).

674. Clinical Diagnosis and Therapeutic Communication (3)
Reviews the major theoretical approaches to social work treatment to teach specific clinical interventions. Students are trained to skillfully and therapeutically intervene with a variety of DSM-IV diagnostic categories. Psychotherapy outcome research will be reviewed and evaluated.
Letter grade only (A-F).

676. Family Centered Social Work Practice: An Introduction to Theory and Techniques of Family Therapy (3)
Advanced specialist course which overviews evolving viewpoints, perspectives, values, intervention techniques and goals of family therapy. The course will emphasize the development and enhancement of knowledge, skills, theories and values specific to family therapy and social work practice.
Letter grade only (A-F).

677. Social Work Practice in Mental Health (3)
Reviews the changing roles of social work in mental health, the influence of new psychosocial and psychiatric theories on the treatment of mentally disordered clients. Focus on social, economic and cultural factors as they affect social work in mental health.
Letter grade only (A-F).

680A. Field Instruction III (3)
Prerequisites: SW 500, 560 or 561, 596A/C, 596B/D, and concurrent enrollment in SW 660 or 661.
First of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Focus on advanced direct practice skills and administrative program development with emphasis on multi-cultural practice.
Two hours bi-weekly in field seminar and 16 hours in agency placement. Credit/No Credit grading only.

680B. Field Instruction IV (3)
Prerequisites: SW 500, 560 or 561, 596A/C, 596B/D, 680A/C, 660 or 661 and concurrent enrollment in SW 670.
Second of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Focus on advanced direct practice skills and administrative program development emphasizing multi-cultural practice. Two hours bi-weekly field seminar and 16 hours agency. Preparation for entering professional employment.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

680C. Field Instruction III (3)
Prerequisites: SW 500, 560 or 561, 596A/C, 596B/D, and concurrent enrollment in SW 660 or 661.
First of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Focus on advanced direct practice skills and administrative program development with emphasis on multi-cultural practice. Two hours bi-weekly in field seminar and 36 hours in agency placement.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

680D. Field Instruction IV (3)
Prerequisites: SW 500, 560 or 561, 596A or 596C, 596B or 596D, 680C, 660 or 661.
Second of two semesters with supervised practice in social work agency. Focus on advanced direct practice skills and administrative program development emphasizing multi-cultural practice. Two hours bi-weekly field seminar and 36 hours agency. Preparation for entering professional employment.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

681. Advanced Policy and Political Action: Children, Youth and Families (3)
Prerequisite: SW 505.
Designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of key issues, concepts, and skills associated with policy analysis, the development of policy alternatives, and political action on behalf of families and children in contemporary American society.
Letter grade only (A-F).

682. Advanced Policy Seminar: older Adults and Families (3)
Provides students with an advanced understanding of key issues, concepts, and skills associated with policy analysis, the development of policy alternatives, and political action on behalf of older adults and their families in contemporary American society.
Letter grade only (A-F).

683. Brief Treatment (3)
Covers the methodologies used in brief and/or time limited psychotherapy. Reviews the major forms of time-limited clinical treatment. Reviews the ethnic, gender and other-sensitivity issues related to the use of brief treatment and the empirical research on this treatment approach.
Letter grade only (A-F).

690. Special Topics in Graduate Social Work (3)
Prerequisites: Consent of Department.
Topics of special interest in social work selected for intensive study. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes each semester.
Letter grade only (AF). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

691. Non-Violent Conflict Resolution: In Your Life, On the Job, With Your Clients, and Around the Planet (3)
Designed to help the social work student examine conflict and violence, their own and others’ responses to conflict situations on the intrapersonal, interpersonal and community levels, and to learn to deal with conflict in a productive, non-violent manner.
Letter grade only (A-F).

693. Community Projects II (3)
Prerequisite: SW 592.
Integrates knowledge of cross-cultural practice, human behavior and research in identifying solutions to social problems. Builds on analysis from Community Projects I. Utilizing planning, program development and program implementation skills/techniques, students develop, implement and evaluate impact of a specific intervention.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698A. Thesis or Project I (3)
Prerequisites: SW 594A, 594B. Completion of 30 MSW units with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and advancement to candidacy.
Under the direction of the Thesis/Project Adviser, the student completes a thesis/project proposal, instruments and IRB protocol (if applicable), and drafts literature review.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698B. Thesis or Project I (3)
Prerequisites: SW 594A, 594B.
Completion of 30 MSW units with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and advancement to candidacy. Under the direction of the Thesis/Project Adviser, the student completes a thesis/project proposal, instruments and IRB protocol (if applicable), and drafts literature review.
Letter grade only (A-F).

699A. MSW Thesis or Project II (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of SW 698A or 698B.
Finalization of literature review and completion of remaining chapters (typically, introduction, methodology, results, discussion and implications) of thesis/project.
Letter grade only (A-F).

699B. Thesis or Project II (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of SW 698B.
Finalization of literature review and completion of remaining chapters (typically, introduction, methodology, results, discussion and implications) of thesis/project.
Letter grade only (A-F).