Course descriptions

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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. Fundamentals of good oral and written communication skills for social workers presented in a laboratory setting

330*. Social Work Practice I. 3 hrs. Corequisites: SWK 329 and SWK 340. Development of generalist practice skills with a focus on direct services to individuals and families

331*. Social Work Practice II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: SWK 330. Corequisites: SWK 341 and SWK 420. Models of social work practice carried out in groups, organizations and communities with emphasis on macro practice

340*. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: Transitions in Early Life. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PSY 275 and CHS 430, or BSC 250, 250L, BSC 251, 251L. Corequisites: SWK 329 and SWK 330. Study of the interrelations of biological, social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and psychological factors in human behavior and their relevance and application in early life and social work practice.

341*. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Transitions in Adult Life. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: SWK 340. Corequisites: SWK 331 and SWK 420. Study of the interrelations of biological, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental and psychological factors in human behavior, life transitions and their relevance and application in adulthood and social work practice.

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, and SWK 420. A minimum 2.5 Southern Miss GPA. Corequisites: SWK 415 and SWK 493. 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. Introduces students to case management services to selected high-risk populations; focuses on models, practices, roles, assessments, interventions and emerging trends

411. Spirituality in Social Work Practice. 3 hrs. This course addresses issues of spirituality and religion in the practice of generalist social work.

415* Human Rights and Social Justice. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: SWK 331, 341, and 420. Corequisites: SWK 400 and 493. Theories and practices of human rights and social justice related to oppressed and marginalized people.

420*. Methods of Social Work Research. 3 hrs. Corequisites: SWK 331 and SWK 341. 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: CAST 3. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: SWK 331, 341 and 420. Corequisites: SWK 400 and 415. 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

*Majors Only


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.)