SOC WORK 100 — SO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

3 credits.

Students talk about wanting to make a difference - to change the world in some way. This course, especially designed for freshmen, helps students examine their ideas and values related to making a difference, teaches them to think critically about the meaning and methods of changing the world, and challenges them to integrate thoughtful evidence with their values and beliefs about doing good in the world. With a focus on the profession of social work and other helping professions, the course will consider a variety of social problems, and investigate and critique various approaches to creating change to improve social problems.

SOC WORK/​NURSING/​S&A PHM  105 — HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH

2 credits.

Introduction to health care systems. Factors affecting health and the value placed on health, the delivery of health care in different settings, the roles of various health workers, and the sociological and economic aspects of health care.

SOC WORK 205 — INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD OF SOCIAL WORK

4 credits.

A basic survey. Historical development, formation of social welfare policies, and the role of the social work professional.

SOC WORK 206 — INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL POLICY

4 credits.

Provides an awareness of problems and concepts of the policy process in the U.S. Explores the political, economic, and institutional frameworks which structure public social welfare choices. Might include income maintenance, child welfare, mental health, corrections.

SOC WORK 275 — CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SOCIAL WELFARE

1-3 credits.

Topics will vary, reflecting new issues and trends in the social services. See Timetable for topics.

SOC WORK 299 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credits.

Program of study devised by a student in collaboration with a faculty member. Graded on a lettered basis; requires consent of instructor.

SOC WORK 400 — FIELD PRACTICE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR I

2-6 credits.

An approved generalist field seminar and social work community agency placement. Seminar and placement require a minimum of 16 hours/week. The first course of the two-semester field sequence.

SOC WORK 401 — FIELD PRACTICE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR II

2-6 credits.

An approved generalist field seminar and social work agency placement. Seminar and placement require a minimum of 16 hours per week. The second course of the two-semester field sequence.

SOC WORK 420 — POVERTY AND SOCIAL WELFARE

3 credits.

Nature and dimensions of poverty in the U.S. Individual and social consequences of poverty. Historic and contemporary approaches. Poverty and social welfare policy and programs.

SOC WORK/​SOC  422 — SOCIAL ISSUES IN AGING

3 credits.

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the origins,nature and scope and dynamics of the social problems of older adults and their families in the U.S. and to acquaint students with programs and services available to older adults.

SOC WORK 440 — PRACTICE I: FOUNDATIONS OF GENERALIST PRACTICE

1-2 credits.

Provides a conceptual base for generalist social work practice at all intervention levels. Helps students learn social work purposes, values, ethics, processes, roles, methods, and integrate social work theory and practice.

SOC WORK 441 — GENERALIST PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND GROUPS

1-3 credits.

Develops generalist social work knowledge and skills for working with and on behalf of individuals, families, and groups. Lectures and labs focus on development of basic social work direct practice skills.

SOC WORK 442 — GENERALIST PRACTICE WITH COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

1-2 credits.

Exposes students to the theory and practice of planned change in communities and organizations and helps them incorporate a generalist model into practice at these levels of intervention.

SOC WORK 453 — ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ABUSE

2-4 credits.

Presentation of social, legal, political, and ethical considerations surrounding the use and abuse of alcohol and psychotropic drugs in the U.S.

SOC WORK 454 — SMALL GROUPS IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

3 credits.

Exploration and application of theory to the formation and development of small groups deliberately used by social workers to effect specified change in interpersonal relationships.

SOC WORK 457 — HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3 credits.

Physiological, psychological, and social changes throughout the life cycle. Major crisis and developmental tasks at each point in terms of their implications for social work practice.

SOC WORK 462 — CHILD WELFARE

3 credits.

Supportive, supplementary, and substitute child welfare services employed in dealing with the problems of dependent, neglected, delinquent children. Scope, method, problems, trends of the services; child welfare in other countries; sociology of the child welfare worker.

SOC WORK/​AFROAMER/​HDFS  521 — AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES

3 credits.

Historical background; variations in contemporary family patterns; courtship and marriage, reproduction, and socialization stresses; "culture of poverty" theories; sources of stability and change.

SOC WORK 523 — FAMILY VIOLENCE

3 credits.

An overview of the risk factors and trauma effects of the major forms of family violence. Models of prevention and intervention will be described. Attitudes about family violence will be explored. Basic skills for detecting abuse and making referrals will be taught.

SOC WORK 575 — COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN SOCIAL WELFARE

3 credits.

Analysis of theory and practice of community development in selected cultural settings in the U.S. and other countries; role of community development in social welfare systems; problems and techniques of developing local citizen interest and leadership; community development in relation to other social work methods and community institutions and processes.

SOC WORK 578 — HOMELESSNESS: A SERVICE LEARNING COURSE

4 credits.

Introduction to the complex issues surrounding homelessness in America including epidemiology, demographics, history and public beliefs and attitudes. It explores structural conditions and personal attributes posited as causes of contemporary homelessness. Varying social policies and service needs of homeless persons are discussed.

SOC WORK 579 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL WORK

1 credit.

Intensive study of selected topics in the field of social work.

SOC WORK 605 — THE FIELD OF SOCIAL WORK

2 credits.

Nature, purpose, function, and organizational content of the profession. Historical development; a consideration of the development of the social welfare institutions, formation of social welfare policies and their impact on practice, and the role of the social work professional.

SOC WORK 606 — SOCIAL POLICY

2 credits.

Analysis of policy issues as applied to such fields as poverty, discrimination, crime, physical and mental health on both national and state levels.

SOC WORK 612 — PSYCHOPATHOLOGY IN GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

2 credits.

This foundation course prepares social work students to recognize major mental health concerns across the lifespan. The course includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders (DSM) as the organizing framework for reviewing major mental disorders and critique of the current "medical model" approach to mental health in the United States. The course considers mental health issues from a generalist perspective including the role of the social environment, culture and stigma in mental health services, access and policy.

SOC WORK 624 — SOCIAL WORK WITH THE SMALL GROUP

2-3 credits.

Exploration of the small group as the interventive unit; major models and techniques; principles guiding the selection of the small group approach to intervention based on research knowledge of problems, processes, and outcomes.

SOC WORK 626 — SOCIAL WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY

2-3 credits.

Community relationships in public and voluntary social services; principles of community organization and social welfare administration.

SOC WORK 639 — GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER (GLBT) INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

The purpose of this course is to introduce contemporary topics related to the social welfare of gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals. Issues addressed are related to development,health disparities, family, research, history, and ethics. The course is designed to enhance student understanding of issues related to GLBT individuals in America. A life cycle perspective will be presented to highlight the unique issues of LGBT people at various stages of human development. Overlapping sexual orientation, in addition to these generational considerations, are the many other aspects of diversity present in the LGBT community, including race,ethnicity, class, gender, physical and mental abilities, religion, and national origin. Students will be exposed to empirical literature on LGBT issues that will inform their understanding of past, present, and future challenges facing the LGBT community in light of its many complexities.

SOC WORK 640 — SOCIAL WORK WITH ETHNIC AND RACIAL GROUPS

2-3 credits.

This course prepares students for generalist social work practice in a multicultural society. It discusses Afro-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Asian Americans, and implications are drawn for social policy.

SOC WORK 642 — SOCIAL WORK AND ADOLESCENTS

2-3 credits.

Drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives and a critical review of the literature, students explore practice implications and interventions regarding problems of adolescents and at-risk youth with a focus on environmental influences that affect normal development.

SOC WORK 643 — SOCIAL WORK AND DELINQUENCY

2-3 credits.

This course is designed to enhance students' knowledge base regarding social work services to youth who are troubled and delinquent. The course examines etiological factors that contribute to mental health issues experienced by this population. These factors along with a basic conceptual understanding of child and adolescent psychopathology will be applied to the social work process of assessment, treatment, and prevention for this population.

SOC WORK 644 — ISSUES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

2-3 credits.

Definition, incidence, and prevention of intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Examines the life-cycle needs of this population, as well as social welfare issues, social services available, and the social worker's role.

SOC WORK 646 — CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

2-3 credits.

The course is concerned with physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children, child neglect and exploitation.

SOC WORK 648 — END-OF-LIFE: IMPLICATIONS AND CHALLENGES FOR PRACTICE

1-3 credits.

Focuses on social work practice with children, adolescents, adults and elders who have terminal illness, as well as their families. Others with faculty consent.

SOC WORK 650 — METHODS OF SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH

2-3 credits.

Social research and problems of project design and programming. Distinctive characteristics of investigations directed to planning, administrative, and scientific objectives.

SOC WORK 656 — FAMILY PRACTICE IN FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE

2-3 credits.

Social welfare issues from national and local perspective, research, and foster care practice.

SOC WORK/​CHICLA  657 — UNDERSTANDING LATINO FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

3 credits.

Examines U.S. Latino families and communities, including social and economic conditions, cultural values, and issues of identity, race, gender, discrimination, acculturation and language. A service-learning course, students gain knowledge of and direct experience with social work issues in Latino communities.

SOC WORK/​AMER IND  658 — AMERICAN INDIAN AFFAIRS

2-3 credits.

Contemporary concerns and conditions of American Indians examined in historical, cultural and legal perspective.

SOC WORK 659 — INTERNATIONAL ASPECTS OF SOCIAL WORK

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 661 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

Continuation of 660.

SOC WORK 662 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 663 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 664 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 665 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 672 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 673 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 674 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 675 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 676 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 679 — TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL WELFARE

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

SOC WORK 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

SOC WORK 691 — SENIOR THESIS

2 credits.

SOC WORK 692 — SENIOR THESIS

2 credits.

SOC WORK 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credits.

SOC WORK 700 — PART-TIME MSW PROGRAM EXEMPTION TERM

0 credits.

Course for students in the Part-Time MSW Program to maintain UW-Madison status when they have partial exemptions and no other courses available.

SOC WORK 711 — HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT

2 credits.

The literature on human behavior and the environment is reviewed from a bio-psychosocial perspective. Special attention is given to understanding individual and family behavior and development as a function of reciprocal interactions with groups, communities, organizations, and society.

SOC WORK 712 — PSYCHOPATHOLOGY FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN MENTAL HEALTH

3 credits.

This practice course focuses on a biopsychosocial understanding of mental wellbeing and mental illness from a social work and social environment perspective. It gives special attention to the social work view in relation to the person-in- environment and other classification systems available to the practitioner. The course emphasizes an appreciation of the critical influence of culture, class, race and ethnicity, religion, and social values of the individual, family, group, and social institutions in the assessment of client strengths and vulnerabilities. The course critically reviews current classification systems and major theories regarding the nature of mental disorders, their diagnoses and etiologies, and the treatment approaches available to help people in their recovery.

SOC WORK 715 — FAMILY SYSTEMS IN SOCIAL WORK

1-2 credits.

SOC WORK/​URB R PL  721 — METHODS OF PLANNING ANALYSIS

3 credits.

Research methods and statistics used in analyzing planning problems: conceptualization, design, and implementation of planning research; statistical methods for analyzing data including review of inferential statistics, analysis of variance, correlation, and multiple regression; use of computer; review of sources of planning data.

SOC WORK 741 — INTERVENTIONS WITH CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

2 credits.

Addresses multi-level interventions with children, youth, and families across multiple service systems, with an emphasis on practice innovations.

SOC WORK 742 — ASSESSING AND TREATING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

2 credits.

An advanced practice course on social work treatment methods with children and adolescents from a cognitive behavioral perspective. Assessment, treatment, and generalization of change strategies; problem-solving; resource development; intervention planning and other practice issues are explored.

SOC WORK/​NURSING/​PEDIAT/​PHM PRAC  746 — INTERDISCIPLINARY CARE OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

3 credits.

Interdisciplinary team care of children with special health care needs across the trajectory of illness presented within the context of family, culture, social determinants of health, community, and healthcare policy. Students introduced to interdisciplinary, collaborative, family-centered team care.

SOC WORK 799 — INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-6 credits.

Independent study for MSW graduate students.

SOC WORK 800 — FIELD PRACTICE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR III

2-6 credits.

An approved advanced generalist field seminar and placement linked to areas of focus. Seminar and placement require a minimum of 20 hours per week. The first course of the two-semester advanced field sequence.

SOC WORK 801 — FIELD PRACTICE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR IV

2-6 credits.

An approved advanced generalist seminar and placement linked to areas of focus. Seminar and placement require a minimum of 20 hours/week. The second course of the two semester field sequence.

SOC WORK 821 — SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN AGING AND MENTAL HEALTH

2 credits.

Prepares front line social workers to address mental health needs of older adults and their family members. Examines common mental health conditions, assessment, planning, evidence-based individual, family and group interventions, resources, cultural competence, ethical issues, and contexts for practice.

SOC WORK/​LAW  822 — FAMILY LAW: MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

2-4 credits.

Marriage and less formal spousal relationships, husband-wife relationships in on-going marriage; divorce and its economic and custody consequences; post-divorce relationships.

SOC WORK/​LAW  823 — FAMILY LAW: PARENT AND CHILD

3-4 credits.

The relationship of parent and child; the rights of unmarried mothers and fathers and their children; parental rights to custody vis a vis third parties; parents' rights to make decisions affecting children; neglect; termination of parental rights; the foster care system and adoption.

SOC WORK 825 — GRIEF, DEATH, LOSS AND LIFE

2 credits.

This course introduces social work students to the nature and centrality of the experience of loss and subsequent grief in their personal lives, in the lives of their clients, and in their role as professional helpers.

SOC WORK 835 — ADVANCED SOC WORK PRACTICE IN MENTAL HEALTH

1-2 credits.

Focuses on the core practice theories, conceptual frameworks, and intervention skills necessary for social work practice in mental health.

SOC WORK 836 — MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES AND SERVICES

2-3 credits.

Prepares students for leadership roles in mental health programs, agencies and organizations. Examines mental health policies and services that influence care and treatment of persons with mental illness and shape mental health care systems, programs and services.

SOC WORK 840 — ADVANCED MACRO PRACTICE

2 credits.

Explores multiple approaches social workers use to influence groups, organizations, communities and systems. Concepts, theories and models of macro level practice and advanced practice skills for addressing complex practice and organizational situations are examined.

SOC WORK 841 — ADMINISTRATION IN SOCIAL WORK

2-3 credits.

Principally focused on developing management skills through case material and structured activities. Students go through the various sequential activities involved in conceptualizing and getting funding for a human service program, and in developing and managing a nonprofit organization.

SOC WORK 842 — CONSULTATION AND SUPERVISION IN SOCIAL WORK

2-3 credits.

Learning patterns, principles and methods of supervision and consultation.

SOC WORK 852 — INFLUENCING POLITICAL SYSTEMS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

2 credits.

The focus on Social Work political advocacy strategies in public policy and government settings. To best prepare social workers seeking to impact public policy and social change and improve the social and economic status of individuals, families, communities and systems, students in this course examine the knowledge and political skills, strategies, techniques and actions which influence elected officials and policy makers and the policies, practices, programs, services and resources they establish for people in need through local, state and federal units of government.

SOC WORK 854 — CRISES INTERVENTION IN SOCIAL WORK

2-3 credits.

Meaning of crisis to client systems and social work practitioners; principles guiding rational decision to intervene at the point of "critical incident".

SOC WORK 860 — RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIAL WORK

1-3 credits.

Topics Change. Topics under this course number apply to the Foundation curricular area.

SOC WORK 861 — RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIAL WORK

1-3 credits.

Topics change. Topics under this course number relate to the Advanced curricular area.

SOC WORK 862 — RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIAL WORK

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 863 — RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIAL WORK

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 868 — RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIAL WORK

2 credits.

SOC WORK 869 — RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIAL WORK

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 870 — ASSESSING AND TREATING ADULTS

1-2 credits.

An advanced practice course that teaches evidence-based interventions used by clinical social workers in the treatment of serious mental illnesses.

SOC WORK 873 — SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN HEALTH CARE

2 credits.

Develops advanced practice knowledge and skills for social workers practicing in health and health care settings.

SOC WORK 874 — ADVANCED PRACTICE IN HEALTH, AGING, AND DISABILITY

2 credits.

Develops advanced practice knowledge and skills related to practice issues common to social workers practicing in the areas of aging, health, and/or disability.

SOC WORK 875 — HEALTH, AGING, AND DISABILITY POLICY AND SERVICES

2 credits.

Provides knowledge about the contemporary organization of health care, as well as policies and services for older adults and people with disabilities.

SOC WORK/​ED PSYCH/​HDFS/​NURSING  880 — PREVENTION SCIENCE

3 credits.

This course provides a theoretical, empirical and practical foundation for prevention science as it relates to the prevention of human social problems. Research and evaluation methods, program design strategies, best practices and policy as they relate to the field of prevention are also examined. Intended for 2nd year graduate students.

SOC WORK/​ED PSYCH/​HDFS/​NURSING  881 — CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN PREVENTION SCIENCE

1 credit.

This course provides an opportunity for students to meet with prevention professionals and scholars from across campus and the community to explore current and emerging issues of prevention research and professional practice. Students must complete HDFS/​ED PSYCH/​NURSING/​SOC WORK  880 before taking this course.

SOC WORK/​PUB AFFR  887 — NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP

3 credits.

Nonprofit leadership focuses on developing management skills for the nonprofit area through readings, case materials and structured activities. Students examine the context, issues and skills associated with leadership and management in nonprofit organizations and apply them to challenges and opportunities that confront administration of nonprofits.

SOC WORK 890 — THESIS-RESEARCH

1-6 credits.

Research and thesis for MSW students who who wish to submit a master's thesis or conduct independent research.

SOC WORK 920 — CHILD, YOUTH, AND FAMILY POLICIES AND SERVICES

2 credits.

Considers legislation, policies, and institutional structures that affect children, youth, and families across multiple service systems.

SOC WORK 921 — CHILD WELFARE

2-3 credits.

Implications of knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences and public welfare policy on child welfare problems and services.

SOC WORK 923 — FAMILY VIOLENCE

2 credits.

An overview of the risk factors and trauma effects of the major forms of family violence. Models of prevention and intervention will be described. Attitudes about family violence will be explored. Basic skills for detecting abuse and making referrals will be taught.

SOC WORK 924 — FAMILY PROBLEMS AND SOCIAL WORK

2-3 credits.

Review of family theory and its relevance for social work practice; an analysis of family subsystems in the U.S.; current research on the American family.

SOC WORK 929 — SOCIAL WORK AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

2-3 credits.

History, current understanding, assessment, and treatment of problematic substance abuse. Provided knowledge and social work skills to conceptualize, screen, assess, and treat substance abuse and co-occurring disorders (i.e., mental illness and substance use disorders. A biopsychosocial perspective is emphasized.

SOC WORK/​ED PSYCH  945 — EVALUATION RESEARCH

3 credits.

A comprehensive introduction to practice of program evaluation research in social welfare and human development. Developments in descriptive, experimental, quasi-experimental, theory-driven, and naturalistic evaluations detailed. Topics include assessment, evaluation design, monitoring, outcome evaluation, selection bias, program theory, meta-analysis and utilization.

SOC WORK 946 — FACULTY RESEARCH SEMINAR

1 credit.

This course is designed to: further the socialization of students to the Ph.D. program, its aims and objectives; provide opportunities for faculty to discuss research interests and doctoral education.

SOC WORK 947 — STUDENT RESEARCH SEMINAR

1 credit.

Course designed to: provide a forum for students to discuss experiences, success strategies and research interests; provide opportunities for advanced doctoral students to receive feedback on their research and later, on colloquia they prepare for their job searches.

SOC WORK 948 — PROSEMINAR

1-3 credits.

Doctoral seminars.

SOC WORK 949 — PROSEMINAR

1-3 credits.

SOC WORK 950 — PHD PROSEMINAR

1-3 credits.

SOC WORK 951 — PHD PROSEMINAR

1-3 credits.

SOC WORK 952 — PHD PROSEMINAR

3 credits.

SOC WORK 954 — SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION

2-3 credits.

Past, present, and future developments of professional education.

SOC WORK 990 — THESIS-RESEARCH

2-3 credits.

SOC WORK 999 — INDEPENDENT READING

1-9 credits.