SOCIAL WORK (SWK)
300. Social Service Systems. 3 hrs. Study of social welfare systems as society’s response to social problems
301. Introduction to Social Work. 3 hrs. Introduction to Social Work as a profession and to its practice methodologies, with an emphasis on the Generalist Method
315. Human Diversity in a Changing World. 3 hrs. Cultural, social and psychological implications of diverse lifestyles for social work practice; differences/similarities among various cultures and implications for social work practice are presented
329*. Interviewing and Recording. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Social Work Major and three hours of English electives (ENG 332, 333, IT 200). A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Fundamentals of good oral and written communication skills for social workers presented in a laboratory setting
330*. Social Work Practice I. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Corequisites: SWK 329 and SWK 340. Development of generalist practice skills with a focus on direct services to individuals, families, and groups
331*. Social Work Practice II. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Social Work Major and SWK 330. A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Corequisites: SWK 341. Models of social work practice carried out in organizations and communities with emphasis on macro practice
340*. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PSY 275 and CHS 430, or BSC 250, 250L, BSC 251, 251L. Corequisites: SWK 329 and SWK 330. A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Study of the interrelations of biological, social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and psychological factors in human behavior and their relevance and application to groups, communities and organizations, as well as social work practice
341*. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Social Work, Social Justice, and Human Rights. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: SWK 340. A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Corequisite SWK 331. Courses examines the dynamics of oppression and the relationship of social justice considerations to the profession of social work and to changing the environment(s) in which people struggle to meet their needs and exercise their human rights
399. Civic Engagement/Social Justice: The Service Route. 6 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. The course examines civic engagement as a response to social and economic injustices. The Service Route Program engages students with community
400*. Social Welfare Policy and Analysis. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: SWK 331, SWK 341. A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Corequisites: SWK 410 and SWK 420. Examination of the construction, analysis and implementation of social welfare policy at local, state and federal levels
405. Social Work with High Risk Populations. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Introduces students to case management services to selected high-risk populations; focuses on models, practices, roles, assessments, interventions and emerging trends
410. Social Work Theory and Best Practice. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: SWK 331 and 341. Corequisites: SWK 400 and 420. Overview of practice theories providing the foundation to social work practice with children, adults, and families.
411. Spirituality in Social Work Practice. 3 hrs. This course addresses issues of spirituality and religion in the practice of generalist social work.
420*. Methods of Social Work Research. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: MAT 101 and CHS 440 or CSS 211 or PSY 360. A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Corequisites: SWK 400 and SWK 410. Methods of data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting in preparation for the evaluation of social work practice and research
421. Social Work: Grief and Bereavement. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. This course will provide a framework for critical analysis of the dynamics of healthy grief and bereavement
+430*. Field Education. 9 hrs. Prerequisites: Must have completed 112 hours of the required university core. A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Corequisite: SWK 431. Internship in a social service agency to provide experience in direct service to client systems and to enhance and develop generalist practice skills
431*. Field Education Seminar. 3 hrs. Corequisite: SWK 430. A seminar designed to enable students to further develop generalist practice skills and integrate professional knowledge, values, skills and theory with practice
435. Grant Writing for Social Workers. 3 hrs. Introduce students to the principles of grant proposal development and design; the course culminates in students producing a fundable grant proposal in human service field
488*. Social Work and First Nations/Indigenous People. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: SWK 330. Examines issues of special significance to social work practice in working with First Nations/Indigenous People
492*. Special Problems. 3 hrs. (May be repeated up to 6 hrs.) Allows a student or a group of students to study issues of special significance for social work practice that are not normally addressed by regular courses
493*. Crisis Intervention. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: SWK 330. Theories and interventions for the helping professional to assist the client in coping with various crises
494*. Social Work with Children and Families. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: SWK 330. Overview of child welfare systems providing services to children and their families along with practice strategies
495. Human Rights and Social Development in Jamaica. 4 hrs. The study of social development and social welfare efforts to address social problems in Jamaica along with agency visits and service learning opportunities
496*. Social Work Practice in Schools. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: SWK 330. Examines the challenges and opportunities of social work practice in education and the roles and functions of social workers within a complex ecological system of home/school/community; addresses the impact of issues such as violence, AIDS, physical and sexual abuse, drugs, and racism
497*. Social Work Practice and Family Violence. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: SWK 330. Examines family violence and suggests strategies for social work intervention with violent families, including those involving child abuse and neglect, spouse abuse and elder abuse as viewed from the dual perspectives of societal concerns and interventions, including policies and programs and work with individual families
The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.
100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)
Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.
The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)