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Online Bachelor of Social Work: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

124 TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED

The online Bachelor of Social Work degree at Methodist University features a human-focused curriculum that covers a broad array of topics to best prepare you for a career in social work. With topics like helping processes, methods of social research, and social welfare policy, you will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary issues in the field.

Additionally, Methodist University is a participating partner of the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative. As the first private university to be admitted, the Child Welfare course, SWK 3750*, is designed to provide practice knowledge and skills for students preparing for positions in public child welfare and other child serving organizations.

The degree consists of 124 total semester hours, with 60 hours in the major, including required core BSW courses, required electives, and an internship that requires a 400-hour Field Placement over a 16-week period.

Foundation Courses

This general introduction to the study of American government and politics focuses on the national level and on the actors and interests who contend for power and influence in Washington DC. Students will gain an understanding of the origins, structure, and operation of American government. Topics include American political culture, the framing of the Constitution, political parties, campaigns and elections, interest groups, the media, the Presidency, the Congress, the federal judiciary, and current issues of public policy.

Introduction to the science of psychology. Substantive topics include the history of psychology, the biology of psychological processes, psychological development, perception, learning, memory, personality, and social psychology.

Abnormal behavior and mental processes. Topics include the distinction between normality and abnormality, the classification and diagnosis of psychological disorders, the neurotic and psychotic disorders, and the major therapeutic approaches. Prerequisite: PSY 1010

The science of human society with emphasis on description and analysis of society, culture, the socialization process, social institutions, and social change.

An introductory course in Statistics with emphasis in Statistical inference to include elementary probability theory, elementary set theory, summation notation and continuing to “decision theory” through topics of sampling distributions, point estimation, confidence intervals for mean; variance; difference of population means, correlation, linear regression, tests of independence, homogeneity, goodness of fit and analysis of variance.

Course SOC 2200, PSY 2500 OR JUS 2200 can be used as a substitute.

Core Courses

Introduction to social problems and social service systems designed to impact upon those problems. Introduction to social work as a profession, its ethics, values, knowledge base, skills base, and fields of practice.

This course introduces students to the American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing. The ethics of writing, indicating the acceptable forms and practices of recognizing the ideas and intellectual properties of others will be explored in this course. The course will examine the concept of plagiarism. The course will address the role of the Internet and the information it provides in writing professional papers. It will also offer suggestions for using computer technology at various stages of the research process. The course will develop strong writing skills necessary for professional papers, case documentation, report writing, and agency correspondence.

Systems theory and the ecological perspective applied to the bio-psycho-social development of the individual and the family from the pre-natal stage through early adolescence.

This course applies systems theory and the ecological perspective to the of development of the individual and family from middle adulthood through later years.

An introduction to the giving and taking of help, the communication process, the helping relationship, the problem-solving model, and various intervention concepts and theories. This is a pre-practice course open to all majors.

This course covers the scientific method and research design, including an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The student will develop an original research proposal.

This course focuses on the dynamics and consequences of discrimination, economic deprivation, and oppression of: women, gay and lesbian persons, people with disabilities, African Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, military families, rural populations, and other populations at risk. The history of diverse groups and populations will be explored and the many myths, stereotypes, and prejudices that surround these groups will be discussed.

Key historical, political, economic, and ideological events in relation to the social welfare system in the United States with an introduction to current welfare policies and programs.

Key historical, political, economic, and ideological events in relation to the social welfare system in the United States with an introduction to current welfare policies and programs.

Introduction to social work practice methods with micro and mezzo client populations. It includes the development of skills in interviewing, assessment, planning, intervention, termination and evaluation of practice. This course requires a service learning component. Students who do not receive a grade of C or better may repeat this course one time only. Refer to the Methodist University Social Work Program Field Practicum Handbook for exceptions and requirements of students enrolled in Field Practicum.

This course provides an overview of theories, concepts, and practice skills, including evaluation, relating to work with groups, organizations, and community based program planning. Entry-level generalist social work practitioners work not only with individuals and families, but also with groups, organizations and communities. It is important to develop a wide range of skills and strategies for interventions with diverse and oppressed populations including women, minorities of color, gays, and lesbians, the poor, military and rural populations. This course has a community engagement component. Students who do not receive a grade of C or better may repeat this course one time only. Refer to the Methodist University Social Work Program Field Practicum Handbook for exceptions and requirements of students enrolled in Field Practicum.

The student is placed in an approved local social welfare agency for supervised learning experience of no less than 400 contact hours. Requires a weekly seminar.

MU faculty and staff are prepared to assist you in making the necessary adjustments and arrangements with an approved agency so that you can complete your Field requirements while continuing to work your regular job.

BSW students planning to do their 400-hour field internship in a public child welfare field placement in a North Carolina County Department of Social Services must complete SWK 3750* with a minimum grade of B. Additionally, Field Internship in a Public Child Welfare Agency (NCDSS) requires a GPA of 2.5 overall and a 3.0 in the major.

The student is placed in an approved social welfare agency for supervised learning experience of no less than 400 contact hours. Requires a weekly seminar.

Elective

Policies, programs, and issues relating to the child welfare system are examined, including protective services, out-of-home placements, adoption, day care, and public school programs.

Students who have been admitted to the Social Work major are eligible to take this course and apply as a Child Welfare Scholar for the Collaborative. Students are eligible for all aspects of child welfare employment after the course and a Field Internship in Child Welfare.

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