COURSE LISTING

Required Foundation Courses
SWK 5083 Social Work Research Methods I. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in social work and an introductory course in statistics. Introduction to the design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative research methods appropriate to social swork practice evaluation and program evaluation. (F)

SWK 5093 Social Work Research Methods II. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in social work and S WK 5083. Introduction to applied data analysis methods appropriate to research in social work practice evaluation and human services program evaluation. (Sp)

SWK 5103 Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families and Treatment Groups. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work. One of two generalist social work practice courses; explicates a generalist perspective that focuses on the knowledge, values, skills, and techniques appropriate for engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation with individuals, families, and treatment groups. (F, Sp)

SWK 5113 Generalist Practice with Groups, Organizations and Communities. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Social Work. Second of two required foundation-year method courses in the generalist social work practice.  Continuation of the exploration of the generalist perspective focusing on the knowledge, values, skills, and techniques appropriate to assessment and interventions with groups, organizations and communities. (F, Sp)

SWK 5233 Human Behavior: Individuals,Families, and Treatment Groups. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work. Within a social systems framework and biopsychosocial perspective, students learn empirically-based theories which deal with life-span development and family behavior. This course provides a theoretical foundation for micro-and mezzo-level generalist practice. (F)

SWK 5243 Human Behavior: Groups, Organizations and Communities. Prerequisite: S WK 5233. Building on the theoretical content in SWK 5233, students learn theories related to group, organization and community dynamics and behavior. Special attention is given to establishing theoretical foundations for the assessment of mezzo-and macro-level systems. (Sp)

SWK 5313 Social Welfare Policy Practice and Analysis. Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work. A graduate-level historical and descriptive review of federal and state social welfare programming, introduction to social welfare policy analysis, and the role of the social work profession in affecting change in social welfare policy. (F, Sp)

SWK 5333 Human Diversity and Societal Oppression. Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work. Provides graduate students with social work knowledge of human diversity from a social justice perspective.  Knowledge of diverse groups’ norms/values, differential power, societal oppression, and transactions between and within social groups is emphasized. (F)

SWK 5413 Social Work Practicum I. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Social Work; S WK 5103 or concurrent enrollment; permission of practicum coordinator. Professionally supervised foundation year practicum placement in an area social service agency. (F, Sp, Su)

SWK 5423 Social Work Practicum II. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Social Work; S WK 5103, S WK 5113 or concurrent enrollment; S WK 5413 or concurrent enrollment. A professionally supervised practicum placement in an area social service agency; continuation of S WK 5413. (F, Sp, Su)


Required Direct Practice Concentration Courses

SWK 5013 Advanced Standing Seminar. Prerequisite: admission to advanced standing status.  A seminar course designed to enhance the preparation of advanced standing students for master’s level study in Social Work.  Foundation content in human behavior, practice, policy, research, and diversity and ethics are overviewed.  Individualized student professional development is emphasized. (Su)

SWK 5503 Advanced Direct Practice with Populations at Risk. Prerequisite: second-year graduate standing in social Work or S WK 5013, concentration in direct practice, or permission by instructor.  Critical analysis of traditional and emerging social work practice approaches as well as advanced interviewing and assessment skills and techniques.  Specific attention on the application of practice models in complex situations, particularly those involving populations at risk and diverse clients, behaviors, strengths, needs and values. (F)

SWK 5613 Advanced Group Work. Prerequisite: second-year graduate standing in Social Work or S WK 5013, concentration in direct practice or permission of instructor.  Advanced social group work practice using a social systems perspective to enhance well-being in the group context. (F)

SWK 5623 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families. Prerequisite: second-year graduate standing in Social Work or S WK 5013, concentration in direct practice, or permission of instructor.  Provides an integrated learning experience in the theory and practice of social work with families.  An overview of theories of family functioning and contemporary approaches to family-oriented practice which provides a systemic base for understanding and utilizing the helping process with special attention given to the design and implementation of practice evaluation. (F)

 

SWK 5816  Practicum III - Direct Practice Graduate standing in Social Work; Permission of Field Education Coordinator; Successful completion of all foundation year coursework or BSW equivalent; Successful completion of two (2) of three (3) total advanced practice courses (SWK 5503, SWK 5613, and SWK 5623); Concurrent enrollment in SWK 5973 during Spring semester. Students must resolve any grades of Incomplete prior to enrollment. Direct Practice Concentration-focused candidacy year professionally-supervised practicum placement in an area social service agency. Part I of II. (F, Sp)

S WK 5826 Practicum IV - Direct Practice. Graduate standing in Social Work; Permission of Field Education Coordinator; Successful completion or good standing enrollment in S WK 5816. Concurrent enrollment in S WK 5973 during Spring semester or successful completion of S WK 5973 if during the summer session. Students must resolve any grades of Incomplete prior to enrollment. Direct Practice Concentration-focused candidacy year professionally-supervised practicum placement in an area social service agency. Part II of II. (SP,Su)

SWK 5973 Advanced Integrative Seminar for Direct Social Work Practice. Prerequisite: S WK 5503, S WK 5613, S WK 5623, concentration in direct practice, concurrent enrollment in S WK 5820, or permission by instructor.  Integrative seminar for direct practice concentration students taken concurrently with S WK 5820 (field practicum) in the final spring semester.  Builds on foundation and concentration coursework throughout the MSW curriculum. (Sp)

 

Required Administration and Community Practice Concentration Courses
SWK 5013 Advanced Standing Seminar. Prerequisite: admission to advanced standing status.  A seminar course designed to enhance the preparation of advanced standing students for master’s level study in Social Work.  Foundation content in human behavior, practice, policy, research, and diversity and ethics are overviewed.  Individualized student professional development is emphasized. (Su)

SWK 5553 Human Services Administration. Prerequisite: second-year graduate standing in Social Work or S WK 5013, and concentration in administration and community practice, concurrent enrollment in S WK 5820, or permission by instructor.  First in a sequence of two advanced practice seminars in the school’s administration and community practice concentration.  Course content is based on a social systems model.  Primary attention is given to the roles of administrator and planner in social work/ social welfare settings. (F)

SWK 5633 Resource Development. Prerequisite: second-year graduate standing in Social Work or S WK 5013, concentration in administration and community practice, concurrent enrollment in S WK 5820, or permission of instructor.  Enable students to obtain skills in planning and program implementation through development of funding proposals. (Sp)

SWK 5763 Community Organizing and Development. Prerequisite: second-year graduate standing in Social Work or S WK 5013, concentration in administration and community practice, concurrent enrollment in S WK 5820, or permission of instructor.  Within this framework several concepts, theories and approaches to practice are examined.  Special attention is given to social problem identification, assessment, funding advocacy and related matters. (F)

SWK 5836 Practicum III -Administration & Community Practice  Graduate standing in Social Work; Permission of Field Education Coordinator; Successful completion of all foundation year coursework or BSW equivalent. Students must resolve any grades of Incomplete prior to enrollment. Full time students must be concurrently enrolled in SWK 5553 and SWK 5763. Administration & Community Practice Concentration-focused candidacy year professionally-supervised practicum placement in an area social service agency. Part I of II. (F)

S WK 5846 Practicum IV - Administration and Community Practice .

Graduate standing in Social Work; Permission of Field Education Coordinator; Successful completion of SWK 5836; Corequisites SWK 5633 and SWK 5983. Students must resolve any grades of Incomplete prior to enrollment. Administration & Community Practice Concentration-focused candidacy year professionally-supervised practicum placement in an area social service agency. Part II of II.(Sp)

SWK 5983 Program Monitoring and Evaluation. Prerequisite:

S WK 5553, S WK  5763, concurrent enrollment in S WK  5633 and S WK 5820 concentration in administration and community practice, or permission of instructor.  Seminar enables students to integrate learning experiences in administration and community practice concentration through monitoring and evaluation. (Sp)

 

Electives, Readings and Thesis Descriptions
Note: The School of Social Work sometimes offers additional electives and some electives are not offered every year.

SWK G4333 Alcohol and Drug Abuse. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: junior standing or above. Survey of theoretical and research writings on the etiology, dynamics and social work treatment of substance abuse (alcohol and drugs) in contemporary American society. Considerable emphasis on social work practice (casework and group work) with substance abusers. (F)

S WK 5123 Genomics in Social Work Practice. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work or permission of instructor. Examines current knowledge of the contributions of genetic and environmental factors as determinants of health and behavior and the impact of genetically influenced diseases on individuals and their family.  Genomics and policy implications for public health and ethical consideration will be explored. (Irreg.)

S WK 5153 Seminar on Community Health. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work or permission of instructor. This is an intensive course that immerses students within the OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine Summer Institute.  A variety of experiential learning methods are combined into an interdisciplinary setting.  Full participation in the Summer Institute is required in addition to specific assignments relevant to social work. (Irreg.)

SWK 5163 Child Abuse and Neglect. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.  Introduction to the field of child abuse and neglect.  Examines the history of the field, different forms of abuse and neglect, causative factors, abuse and neglect dynamics, treatment approaches, the social services system, and prevention strategies.  No student may earn credit for both 4163 and 5163. (Irreg.)

SWK 5170 Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Slash listed with 4170). (Elective) (2 to 3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Focus is on issues significant to social work or social welfare.  (F, Sp, Su)

SWK 5173 Social Gerontology. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. This course overviews the sociological aspects of aging. It examines the institutions of society that affect the older population and that are affected by them. (Irregular)

SWK 5183 Child Welfare and Sexually Abusive Families. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.  Focus on child sexual abuse as a special content area of social work practice within child welfare services.  Emphasis will be placed upon intervention.  No student may earn credit for both 4183 and 5183. (Irreg.)SWK 5193 Social Work Practice-Aging. (Elective) (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.  Practice issues in the care, treatment and delivery of social and health care services to elders. (Irreg.)

SWK 5203 Social Work and the Law. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examines law and the legal system. Special attention is given to legal issues impacting social service programs, clients and the profession of social work. (F)

S WK 5213 Infant Mental Health. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work or permission of instructor. This course provides an overview of clinical and policy information necessary to effectively assess and provide treatment for children ages 1-5 years and their families. (Irregular)

SWK 5253 Alcohol and Other Drugs. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing in Social Work or permission of instructor.  Integrated focus on the action of drugs and the consequences of AOD use, abuse, and addiction.  Historical and current policies as well as issues are also examined.  Attention is given to diverse populations, research findings and theoretical perspectives. (Irreg.)

SWK 5273 School Social Work. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work or permission of instructor.  Designed to help prepare students for social work practice in school settings.  It covers a range of practice and policy issues along with the multiplicity of school social worker roles and responsibilities.  Currently offered as an internet course. (Irreg.)

SWK 5490 Research Investigations in Social Work. (Elective) (1-6 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor, advisor, and graduate program coordinator.  May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours.  Initiation and completion of an individual or group research project dealing with some aspect of social work.  Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method as applied to social work.  Emphasis will be on student’s capacity to elaborate implications of research findings for social work theory and practice. (F, SP, Su)

SWK 5603 Supervision and Consultation. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: second-year graduate standing in Social Work or S WK 5013, concentration in administration and community practice, concurrent enrollment in S WK 5820, or permission of instructor.  Addresses the development of skills in supervision and consultation of social work practice in agency context, and “supervision” and consultation tasks within a social systems context and supervisions challenges in a multicultural society. (F)

SWK 5713 Adult Psychopathology. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. The study of adult psychopathology based on the current diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. Several diagnostic categories will be addressed from a biopsychosocial perspective, emphasizing the theoretical foundation for these mental illnesses. (Irreg.)

SWK 5733 Mental Health: Assessment and Diagnosis. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work or permission of instructor.  Designed to assist the student in understanding and using the prevailing psychiatric taxonomic system, the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-IV-TR).   Prepares students to function in clinical setting where familiarity with the DSM-IV=TR criteria and the multi-axial diagnostic framework is fundamental knowledge.  Additionally, students will examine the benefits and risks of this psychiatric taxonomy in relationship to diversity, culture, prevention, treatment, and recovery from a mental illness.  Therapeutic interventions including psychopharmacological strategies will be critically examined.  Currently offered as an internet course. (Irreg.)

SWK 5743 Perspectives on International Social Work. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work or permission of the instructor.  Designed to help students acquire knowledge about international social work, models of practice, developmental processes, and strategies.  Specific attention is given to the methods and skills of social work practice with international communities.  Emphasis is given to social problems adversely impacting at-risk international populations.  Currently being offered as an internet course. (Irreg)

SWK 5753 Child and Adolescent Pschopathology: Assessment and Treatment. (Elective) (3 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work or permission of instructor.  Provides an overview of clinical information necessary to effectively assess, diagnose and provide social work treatment for children and adolescents in need of mental health services.  Currently offered as an internet course. (Irreg.)

SWK 5960 Directed Readings. (Elective) (1 to 4 hours) Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor, advisor and graduate program coordinator.  Directed readings and/or literature reviews under the direction of a faculty member.  May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. (F, Sp, Su)

SWK 5980 Research for Master's Thesis. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Research for master's thesis. Variable enrollment, two to six hours; maximum credit applicable toward degree: six hours. (F, Sp, Su)