Curriculum

The curriculum of the Social Work Program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University 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:

Social Work Curriculum Credits Weeks
SWK3093 Foundations of Generalist Social Work Practice 3 8
EDT3010 Technology for Professionals* 0.5 6
SWK3113 Social Justice and Advocacy 3 8
MAT2063 Introduction to Statistics 3 6
SWK3003 Social Science Research Methods 3 8
SWK3063 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 8
SWK3013 Social Work Micropractice 3 8
SWK3073 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3 8
BIB3033 Foundations of a Biblical Worldview 3 5
SWK3123 Social Work Mezzopractice with Groups 3 8
SWK3133 Social Work Practice with Families 3 8
SWK4013 Social Work Macropractice 3 8
SWK4033 Analysis of Social Policy 3 8
SWK4002 Integrated Social Work Seminar** 2 20
SWK4010 Social Work Practicum 10 20
48.5 111

*Course taken concurrently with SWK3113 Social Justice and Advocacy
**Course taken concurrently with SWK4010 Social Work Practicum

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.

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.

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
Social Justice and Advocacy[3]

A study of the relationship between social problems, social policies, and social programs within historical, philosophical, and institutional contexts with an emphasis on social and economic justice and human rights. Co-requisite: EDT3010

SWK3123
Social Work Mezzopractice with Groups [3]

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

SWK3133
Social Work Practice with Families [3]

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

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

SWK4010
Social Work Practicum [10]

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: SWK4002.

SWK4013
Social Work Macropractice [3]

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

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:

EDT3010
Technology for Professionals [0.5]

Introduces the social work degree completion student to basic computer competencies, as well as MVNU specific web applications, Moodle, and to writing in the American Psychological Association style. Co-requisite: SWK3113.

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 Graduate Professional Studies format only)

POL1003
American Politics and 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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