Curriculum

The curriculum of the Social Work Program at Mount Vernon Nazarene Unversity provides the knowledge, skills, values, and ethical foundation that a social worker must acquire and internalize for competent, effective professional practice. Integrating person-in-environment, strengths, empowerment, and systems perspectives with an evidence-based practice model, a graduate is prepared for generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Field education is an essential component of the curriculum, and students must complete a minimum of 400 hours of supervised social work practice in a professional agency. Field experience helps students improve their skills and apply classroom content in actual on-the-job experiences.

Course List:

Semester OneCreditsWeeks
SWK3093Foundations of Generalist Social Work Practice38
BIB3033Foundations of a Biblical Worldview35
SWK3113Foundations and Issues of Social Welfare38
MAT2063Introduction to Statistics36
1227
Semester TwoCreditsWeeks
SWK3063Human Behavior and the Social Environment I38
SWK3013Social Work Micropractice38
SWK3003Social Science Research Methods38
SWK3073Human Behavior and the Social Environment II38
1232
Semester ThreeCreditsWeeks
HIS2053American Government35
SWK3023Social Work Mezzopractice38
SWK4013Social Work Macropractice58
SWK4033Analysis of Social Policy38
1229
Semester FourCreditsWeeks
SWK4004Integrated Social Work Seminar48
SWK4012Social Work Practicum1220
1628

Course Descriptions:

SWK3003
Social Science Research Methods [3]

A study of empirically-based concepts and methods used in sociology, social work, and criminal justice for social research including community/societal needs, micro-level intervention, and program effectiveness. Emphasis is given to both quantitative and qualitative research paradigms. Prerequisites: SOC1013G and MAT2063G.

SWK3013
Social Work Micropractice [3]

A study of empirically-based knowledge, skills, values, and ethics required for generalist social work practice with individuals. Special emphasis is given to the application of evidence-based practice and to developing systems and person-in-environment perspectives for effective generalist practice. Prerequisite: Admission to social work.

SWK3023
Social Work Mezzopractice [3]

A study of the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics required for generalist social work practice

SWK3063
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I [3]

A study of a basic framework for creating and organizing empirically based theories and knowledge of human behavior and the social environment. Special emphasis is given to the reciprocal relationships between individual behavior and the larger social environment, social work ethics, and the impact of cultural human diversity, discrimination, and oppression on the individual’s ability to reach or maintain optimal health and well-being. Prerequisite: Admission to social work.

SWK3073
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II [3]

A study of adult human behavior and the social environment in individual and family systems. The unifying framework is constructed with person-in-environment and social system perspectives. Special emphasis is given to the impact of cultural human diversity and discrimination and oppression, particularly with regard to the individual’s and family’s ability to function effectively throughout the adult developmental journey. Prerequisite: Admission to social work.

SWK3093
Foundations of Generalist Social Work Practice [3]

An orientation course for adult social work degree completion students. Course content includes foundation concepts for generalist social work practice, the core values and ethics of the profession, social work practice perspectives, historical context of the social work profession, basic practice skills, the use of critical thinking skills, library research skills, and principles of the American Psychology Association writing style.

SWK3113
Foundations and Issues of Social Welfare [3]

A study of the relationship between social problems, social policies, and social programs within historical, philosophical, and institutional contexts within emphasis on social and economic justice and human rights. Prerequisite: SWK2073.

SWK4004
Integrated Social Work Seminar [4]

A forum to integrate evidence based social work knowledge, skills, values, and field practice. Special emphasis is given to processing professional development issues, internalizing a professional identity as a social worker, and job preparation, graduate school application, and licensure. Prerequisites: Admission to social work, admission to the practicum experience. Co-requisite: SWK4012

SWK4012
Social Work Practicum [12]

A supervised field experience of 400 volunteer hours in a community agency applying the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics of generalist social work practice. Prerequisites: Admission to social work, admission to the practicum experience. Co-requisite: SWK4004.

SWK4013
Social Work Macropractice [3]

A study of empirically-based knowledge, values, ethics, and skills of generalist social work practice with organizations and communities. Prerequisite: Admission to social work.

SWK4033
Analysis of Social Policy [3]

A study of the integration of federal, state and local social policy and generalist social work practice. Special emphasis is given to frameworks for influencing, formulating, analyzing, and implementing social policy, especially as social policy impacts populations-at-risk. Prerequisite: Admission to social work.

Other Program Required Cognates:

BIB3033
Foundations of a Biblical Worldview [3]

A foundational study of the Bible and a biblical understanding of the world. Special emphasis is given to the Bible, theology, biblical interpretation and worldview with a view toward contemporary issues and personal applications. (Offered in the Adult and Graduate Studies format only)

HIS2053
American Government [3]

An introduction to the structure and workings of the American national government with studies in selected current issues.

MAT2063
Introduction to Statistics [3]

A study of basic descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on applications in business, biology, and social sciences.




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