Social Work

Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description.  Prerequisites are also listed. A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours Course Description Cross Listed Course Prerequisite
SOW 201 Career Choices in the Human Service Professions 3 An overview of professional practice for potential Social
Work majors. Exposes students to various professional
roles and encourages examination of Social
Work as a career.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
SOW 210 Alcohol and Substance Problems 3 This course addresses issues relating to alcohol and other substances. Special emphasis is placed on cultural
and socio-economic facts that impact substance abuse.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
SOW 306 Human Behavior I 3 Analyzes the development and behavior of persons from conception through young adulthood: biological, psychological,
social, and cultural factors are examined.
Not Applicable SOW 201 or consent of instructor
SOW 307 Human Behavior II 3 A continuation of Human Behavior I, this course examines human growth and development from middle- adulthood through old age. POS 300, PSY 300 SOW 306 or consent of instructor
SOW 308 Dynamics of Marriage and the Family 3 An examination of diversity and change in marriage, family
life, and women’s roles and status, identifying areas of concern to helping professionals.
POS 301, PSY 301 SOC 203 or consent of instructor
SOW 310 Foundations of Social Work Practice 3 Introduction to the scientific study of human culture; the examination of the ecological,
historical, and evolutionary foundations of culture
Not Applicable SOW 201 or consent of instructor
SOW 314 Basic Skills for Human Services Professions 3 Provides students an opportunity to develop skills in communication, interviewing, purposeful observation,
recording, problem identification, and record keeping.
Not Applicable SOW 310 or consent of instructor
SOW 315 Advanced Skills in Social Work Methods 3 Development of techniques and skills in problem-solving with families, groups, communities, and organizations. Selected frameworks for Social Work intervention are explored. Not Applicable SOW 308 and SOW 314
SOW 321 Social Welfare Policies, Issues, and Programs 3 Historical
and philosophical development of social welfare as an institution and Social Work as a profession. Policy structures of public and private agencies are
examined.
Not Applicable SOW 201 or consent of instructor
SOW 322 Social Welfare Policies, Issues, and Programs II 3 Analysis and interpretation of social welfare policies, programs and issues. Examines the influence of movements, ideologies, political conditions, and sociocultural attitudes on social welfare. Not Applicable SOW 310 and SOW 321, or consent of instructor
SOW 371 Introduction to Public Health 3 A survey course that develops an understanding and appreciation
for factors affecting health status and its
contribution to individual and community health.
HED 371, PUA 371 HED 221 or consent of instructor
SOW 422 Field Instruction I 6 An educational experience under faculty direction in an approved social service agency. Students work approximately
24 hours per week providing services to
various client systems.
Not Applicable Admission to Social Work Program
SOW 423 Social Work Seminar I 3 Students integrate knowledge, values, and skills learned in the classroom with their practice experience in an agency. Not Applicable SOW 322 and consent of faculty. Corequisite:
SOW 422.
SOW 424 Field Instruction II 6 Under faculty supervision, students work 24 hours per week in an approved social service agency. Not Applicable SOW 422, SOW 423, and consent of faculty.
SOW 425 Social Work Seminar II 3 Taken in conjunction with SOW 424. Students
are offered an opportunity to refine skills in problem-
solving as a final preparation for professional
practice.
Not Applicable SOW 422, SOW 423, and consent of faculty.
SOW 425 Statistics for Criminal Justice 4 This course serves as an introduction to the use of statistics as a method of describing and analyzing data from research in criminal justice with an emphasis on
applied methods. (Three hours of lecture, one hour of laboratory per week)
CJE 425 CJE 433 or SOW 433 and MAT 111 or higher.
SOW 430 Child Welfare Services 3 An historical analysis of child welfare as an institution and an in-depth study of programs, policies, practices, and their impact on children, youth, and families. Not Applicable SOC 203
SOW 433 Research Methods for Social Work 3 An in-depth research
effort. To include an introduction to basic
logic, knowledge and skills of research design and methodology.
CJE 433 Consent of instructor
SOW 435 Statistics for Social Work 3 This course serves as an introduction to the use of statistics as a method of describing and analyzing data from research in Social Work with an emphasis on applied methods. (Three hours of lecture, one hour of laboratory per week). CJE 435 SOW/CJE 433 and MAT 111 or higher.
SOW 497 Special Topics in Social Work 3 A seminar for the discussion of specific topics concerning
Rehabilitation Counseling offered by the University
of Kentucky. May be repeated for credit no
more than four times (12 hours of credit).
Not Applicable Not Applicable