Social Work (SW)School of Social Work
SW 402, 403, 440, 490, and 491 are open only to majors who complete 200 and all 300-level SW courses with a grade of C or better.
SW 200 The Field of Social Work (3) Orientation to the profession of social work; historical development, values and philosophy, scope and aims.
SW 302 General Social Work Practice I (3) Orientation to practice principles, concepts, values, knowledge base, and their application. Pre: majors only.
SW 303 General Social Work Practice II (3) Introduction to practice skills with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Pre: majors only. Co-requisite: 391.
SW 325 History of Social Welfare (3) Historical developments and implications of social welfare activities, institutions, and policies and European backgrounds; introduce social welfare developments in selected non-European countries. Recommended: 200.
SW 326 Social Welfare as a Social Institution (3) Study of U.S. social welfare institutions and policies as an expression of societal response to human needs; interrelationship of American value system to goals, objectives, and policies of social security programs; focus on examination of Hawai‘i’s social service programs. Pre: 325. DS
SW 360 Human Development and Behavior for Social Work Practice (3) Examination of social and cultural variables such as human development and behavior; use of knowledge in these areas by social work practitioners. Recommended: 200. DS
SW 361 Sociocultural Content for Social Work Practice (3) Examination of ethnicity, class, and sex statuses as these affect human development and behavior for social work practice. Recommended: 200. DS
SW 380 Topics in Social Welfare (V) An examination of current trends in the field of social welfare. DS
SW 391 Junior Practicum (3) Introduction to field instruction; application of social work knowledge, skills, and values to field experience. Pre: 302, majors only, junior standing, and completion of required sophomore and first-semester junior-level SW courses. Co-requisite: 303.
SW 402 General Social Work Practice III (3) Use of problem-solving process in practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Pre: majors only, senior standing, completion of required sophomore- and junior-level SW courses. Co-requisite: 490.
SW 403 General Social Work Practice IV (3) Examination of practice methods and interventive models; identification and analysis of issues related to practice. Pre: majors only, senior standing, completion of required sophomore- and junior-level SW courses. Co-requisite: 491.
SW 440 Research Development in Social Welfare (3) Introduction to and application of language of research, theoretical concepts underlying advancement of knowledge, practical steps in research. Pre: senior standing. DS
SW 474 Social Work with Adult and Juvenile Offenders (3) Problems, issues, developments in juvenile and criminal justice; effectiveness of current interventive techniques, preventive and correctional efforts. Pre: senior standing or consent.
SW 475 Social Services with Children (3) Study of current social services for children in the U.S. with focus on familiarization of child welfare programs and services in Hawai‘i. Pre: senior standing or consent.
SW 477 Social Welfare Concepts and Issues in Gerontology (3) Aging and its effect on the individual, family groups, associations, and communities. Impact of aging on social service delivery systems, public policy and role of social work. Pre: senior standing or consent. DS
SW 480 Topics in Social Welfare (V) An examination of current trends and issues in social work.
SW 490 Senior Practicum (4) Field instruction, application, and integration of classroom knowledge with field experiences. Pre: majors only, senior standing, completion of required sophomore- and junior-level SW courses. Co-requisite: 402.
SW 491 Senior Practicum (4) Field instruction, application, and integration of classroom knowledge with field experiences. Pre: majors only, senior standing, completion of required sophomore- and junior-level SW courses. Co-requisite: 403.
SW 499 Directed Reading and Research (V) Planned individualized study or research in special area related to social work practice interest. Up to 3 credit hours. Pre: majors only, senior standing, and consent of program chair and faculty adviser.
SW 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1)
SW 606 Social Work Practice with Individuals (3) This beginning practice course introduces students to the basic processes of social work and the roles and skills needed for generalist practice. Relevant theories of social work practice with individuals are explored for the efficacy with various problems and for their applicability to practice with various ethnocultures, social classes, and oppressed populations. Interviewing and interpersonal skill development are incorporated. A-F only. Pre: admission to MSW program. Fall only.
SW 607 Social Work Practice with Families and Groups (3) This practice course builds upon the generalist framework and foundation content presented in 606. Special emphasis is given on models for assessment, intervention, and evaluation of practice with families and groups. Relevant theories of groups and the principles of group dynamics and group work methods are examined in regard to task, therapeutic, psychoeducational, and social development groups. Family content includes structural, behavioral, communication/experiential, and culturally-specific theories of intervention. Pre: 606.
SW 630 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3) Examines in a historical and comparative framework the economic, social, political, organizational, and administrative factors influencing the development, formulation, and implementation of social welfare policies in the U.S. The course provides opportunity for the application of various models of social policy analysis in major areas of social welfare programming and service delivery. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. Fall only.
SW 631 Social Work Practice in Communities and Organizations (3) Community conceptualization; organized roles of developer, enabler, broker, mediator, and advocate; diagnostic and problem-solving technology; the special characteristics of the social worker as community organizer; matrix of structural objectives; sources and use of power; how to build an organization; and interorganizational negotiation. A-F only. Pre: 606, graduate standing, and consent. Spring only.
SW 632 Social Welfare Change through Legislation (3) Introduction to the social worker’s role as a change agent through the use of the legislative process. Includes a review of social needs and problems, the legislative process per se and study of basic skills necessary in making appropriate social work input into the legislative process for the enactment of social welfare legislation. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 633 Organization and Administration in Social Work (3) Introduction to formal organization theory. Social service administration examined and implications for service delivery systems developed. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 636 Policies, Programs and Services on Aging (3) Course explores policies, programs, and services for older adults. Students learn about the aging network, assess older adults’ needs, link older adults to appropriate services in the community, and track legislative bills that address older adults’ quality of life. Pre: graduate standing or consent. (Cross-listed as PH 636)
SW 637 Death and Dying (3) Lecture-discussion course on the physical, social, cultural, psychological and spiritual dimensions of dying, death and bereavement. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
SW 639 Social and Cultural Aspects of Aging (3) An overview of aging from the biopsycho, socio-economic and cultural perspectives. Explores common theories of aging. Emphasis on bridging the gap between the realm of concepts and theories, and the world of practice in gerontology. Pre: graduate standing or consent. (Cross-listed as PH 639)
SW 640 Introduction to Scientific Methods and Principles in Social Work (3) Understanding and interpreting results of nomothetic and idiographic research; design principles and statistical analyses and their relationship to practices; use of published research. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. Fall only.
SW 642 Nomothetic Research in Social Work Practice (3) Classical experimental and survey research methods specific to social work. Basic statistical techniques appropriate to those designs. Recommended for students planning to take 743. Pre: 640.
SW 650 Research Designs and Data Analyses for the Evaluation of Practice Effectiveness (3) Extending the study of scientific methods introduced in 640. Covers the range of empirical research methods and data analytic procedures suitable for knowledge building and practice evaluation at all levels of intervention from case to program. A-F only. Pre: 640. Spring only.
SW 651 Introduction to Quantitative Methods (3) Introduction to quantitative methods in the behavioral sciences. Review of elementary statistical methods. Introduction to the general linear model as principle of data analysis. Pre: 640 or consent. (Cross-listed as EDEP 601 and PSY 610)
SW 652 Computer Applications in the Behavioral Sciences (3) Introduction to the use of computers and computer-related equipment in the management and analysis of data in the behavioral sciences. Includes introduction to control language, use of SAS or SPSS routines, and interpretation of output. Emphasis on application through use of the University’s computing facilities. Pre: one of 640 or 651, PSY 610, EDEP 601, or EDEP 429. (Cross-listed as EDEP 602)
SW 653 Design and Analysis of Psychological Experiments (3) Analysis of variance and other modes assessing results of experiments; relation of analysis to design. Pre: one of 651, EDEP 601 or PSY 610. (Cross-listed as PSY 611 and EDEP 603)
SW 654 Multiple Regression in Behavioral Research (3)
Advanced application of the general linear model to complex problems of
data analysis. Relation of analysis of variance and co-variance to regression
analysis. Pre: one of
SW 655 Factor Analysis (3) Theory and method of factor analysis and related methods of multivariate analysis. Pre: 654 or consent. (Cross-listed as PSY 613 and EDEP 605)
SW 656 Multivariate Methods (3) Multivariate forms of analysis, variance, co-variance, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, and principal components analysis. Pre: 654 or consent. (Cross-listed as PSY 614 and EDEP 606)
SW 657 Nonparametric Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (3) Conditions for valid applications of nonparametric statistical techniques in the behavioral sciences presented from both theoretical and methodological perspectives. Pre: one of 651, EDEP 601, or PSY 610, or consent. (Cross-listed as PSY 615 and EDEP 607)
SW 658 Measurements and Evaluation (3) Theory of measurement and evaluation; analysis of tests and scales emphasizing statistical and psychological analysis of experimental and standardized tests and scales. Special topics include measurement of attitude and mental health concepts and measurement issues in cross-cultural research. Pre: 651, PSY 412, EDEP 416, EDEP 601, or SW 651. (Cross-listed as PSY 616 and EDEP 616)
SW 659 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3) An overview of social work’s person-in-environment focus as it applies to human behavior in the context of families, groups, communities, and organizations. Using an ecological perspective, theories and evidence about human behavior are introduced and examined. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. Fall only.
SW 660 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3) This course uses social work’s person-in-environment focus to organize knowledge development about biological, psychological, social, and cultural systems as they are affected by human behavior. It is designed to provide students with an overview of human behavior and healthy and unhealthy development over the life span. A-F only. Pre: 659. Spring only.
SW 661 Problems in Human Sexuality (3) Problems associated with human sexuality, attitudes, culture, and range of individual differences and approaches to resolving these problems. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 662 HIV and the Human Condition (3) An interdisciplinary look at HIV disease from the perspectives of public health, social work, medicine, and nursing. The course will provide an overview of the major issues relating to HIV/AIDS. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 663 Treatment of Chemical Dependency (3) Introduction to treatment of alcoholism and other chemical dependencies. Application of social work strategies in work with individuals and families in the disease and recovery process. Pre: graduate standing
SW 672 Child Welfare as a Field of Social Work (3) Emphasis on the developments in child welfare; issues, concerns with regard to needs and rights, and the application of social work services to problems associated with needs for protection. Review of historical, theoretical, empirical, and legal findings for skill development in intervening in dysfunctional parent/child interaction. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 674 Community and Public Health Practice (2) Community organization and development applicable to the delivery of health services. Understanding community dynamics, mobilizing community groups for effective health care practice and delivery. Pre: PH 647 or PH 737 or graduate standing; or consent. (Cross-listed as PH 671)
SW 677 Ethnic and Minority Content in Social Work (2) Emphasis is on social work principles and concepts in relation to known information about various ethnic groups. The concepts “ethnicity” and “minority,” defined within the context of the American culture, are discussed as horizontal and vertical paradigms with conflicting goals that contribute to social and cultural change. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 680 Topics in Social Welfare (V) Current trends in field of social welfare. Recent courses have focused on child abuse and neglect, justice system, sexual assault and family violence, and gerontology. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 690 Practicum (3) Field units are maintained by the school in public and voluntary welfare agencies, as well as in governmental programs. Students receive instruction related to their school experience with social problem situations and an opportunity to see the applicability and to experience the use of concepts and principles in actual practice. Pre: admission to MSW program.
SW 691 Practicum (3) Field units are maintained by the school in public and voluntary welfare agencies, as well as in governmental programs. Students receive instruction related to their school experience with social problem situations and an opportunity to see the applicability and to experience the use of concepts and principles in actual practice. Pre: admission to MSW program.
SW 696 Health and Aging (3) Biological and physiological changes associated with aging. Social and psychological factors associated with health maintenance. Major threats to health, changing patterns of morbidity and mortality of the aged. Pre: graduate standing. (Cross-listed as PH 640)
SW 699 Directed Reading and Research (V) Students, on the basis of special interest, select a faculty member to work with on a problem for which planned individualized study or research is deemed advisable. Pre: consent.
SW 700 Thesis Research (V) Independent research under supervision of a thesis committee. Includes formal proposal and defense of finished research.
SW 706 Family Therapy (3) Advanced knowledge and skills in the field of family therapy through both didactic and experiential teaching leading to systematic intervention in dysfunctional family systems. Pre: 606 or consent.
SW 707 Methods of Group Psychotherapy (3) This course is designed specifically to train students in the theory and practice of leading psychotherapy groups; it includes historical developments, research, theories, and application of group psychotherapy, group techniques and exercises. Pre: 607 or consent.
SW 708 Social Work Practice with Peoples of Hawai‘i (3) The course places special emphasis on practice adaptations necessary in working with specific ethnic groups in Hawai‘i. Thinking and belief patterns, feelings, and designs for living are considered in relation to differential treatment approaches. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 712 Social Work Practice and Sex-Related Problems (3)
SW 713 Social Work Practice with Sexually Oppressed Groups (2) Application of social work knowledge and skills to problems associated with sexually oppressed, e.g., women, homosexually oriented, aged, disabled, victims of rape. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 715 Therapeutic Strategies with the Older Adult (3) The course focuses on interdisciplinary strategies with older adults: individual, family, and group therapy; eclectic mental health approaches; case management; and environmental intervention. Emphasis placed on the use of these strategies as preventive, as well as supportive, measures for the well, transition, and frail elderly. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 717 Social Work Practice with Children and Families (3) An advanced practice course for students specializing in social work with children and families. It is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of both theoretical formulations and therapeutic techniques for practice in the field of family and child welfare. Emphasis placed on the development of specialized knowledge and skills for assessment, intervention, and evaluation of a variety of common child and family practice situations. Pre: completion of foundation courses.
SW 718 Seminar in Social Work Practice with Children and Families (3) This seminar is designed for students in the child and family concentration and builds upon past knowledge and skill development in practice classes and in the practicum. Students integrate, demonstrate, and extend earlier learning, acquire new knowledge, and learn and practice new skills. The course is organized around student case presentations in a consultation format. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: 717.
SW 722 Social Work Practice in Health Care (3) Didactic and experiential learning activity focuses on the major role functions of the social worker in the health field including assessment, contracting, counseling, advocacy, case management, discharge planning, family group work, community and team building. Course content covers health care policy, research directions in practice and social work management issues. Pre: completion of foundation courses.
SW 723 Seminar in Social Work Practice in Health Care (3) Through the use of case studies developed by the students, social work practice is examined in three areas of health care: primary care provided in health departments and medical groups, hospital-based services, and long-term care. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: 722.
SW 724 Seminar in Social Work Practice in Mental Health (3) This course prepares students for social work practice in mental health settings. As the first course in the concentration, it focuses primarily on minor or short-term mental dysfunctioning (e.g., reactive depression, anxiety). The course is built on conceptual foundations including cultural implications of mental health, human ecology, life cycle/events, strengths assessments, and research. It includes a seminar component which involves student case presentations and consultations. Pre: completion of foundation courses.
SW 725 Social Work Practice in Mental Health (3) This course prepares students to work with persons who are experiencing major mental disorders and to improve the systems of care that have been developed to serve this population. It reviews the history of the community mental health movement, discusses relevant policies and laws, and describes the current mental health system in the United States and Hawai‘i. Pre: 724.
SW 726 Social Work Practice with the Aged (3) This course is designed for social work students specializing in social work practice with the aged and their families. It examines normative and pathological aging and its impact on physical processes, intellectual functions, and personality. Emphasis is placed on the development of specialized knowledge and skills for assessment, intervention, and evaluation of a variety of issues and needs common in later life. Discussions on the applicability of certain interventions with the older adult and the family, along with enthnocultural and gender considerations. Pre: completion of foundation courses.
SW 727 Seminar in Social Work with the Aged (3) This course, designed for social work students in the aged concentration, builds upon past knowledge and skill development from courses and practicum. Students examine micro and macro interventions used for a wide range of issues and problems encountered by older adults and their families through the use of both case presentation and case consultations assignments. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: 726.
SW 730 Social Planning (3) Introduction to social planning with emphasis on planning within the social welfare sector. Overview of social planning prospectives; examination of alternative theoretical framework in social planning, particularly social development formulations; in-depth analysis of the social welfare planning sector including theoretical perspectives; value-factual premises in need definition, primary tasks (allocation-coordination), organizational contexts, planning strategies and instrumentation, and professional roles. Pre: 631 or consent.
SW 731 Social Policy Analysis (3) Students pursue in-depth a specific topic in the areas of social planning, social policy analysis, evaluation of social programs, administration, supervision, and consultation. Selectively a comparative perspective is introduced and case studies used to illustrate concepts, principles, and techniques, with implications for practice. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: 630 or consent.
SW 733 Program Development, Funding, and Evaluation (3) Basic concepts in program planning and development; implementation strategies; grants administration—proposal formulation and development, proposal negotiation, and project administration; evaluation of social services. Pre: graduate standing and consent.
SW 737 Social Work and the Law (3) Knowledge of judicial systems and law relevant to social work practice in corrections, child-family welfare, health, and mental health. Skills for effective participation in the legal process are acquired in moot court and in practice for testifying. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 741 Review of Research in Social Work (3) In-depth study of research in a substantive area. Each seminar will be devoted to a particular topic: e.g., foster care of children, effectiveness of social work intervention, etc. Pre: 650.
SW 742 Review of Research in Social Work (3) Continuation of 741.
SW 743 Individual or Group Research Project—Plan B (V) Independent research (group of two to seven students or by an individual student) undertaken under the sponsorship of a faculty adviser. Elements are selection of a topic related to the practice of social work or knowledge relevant to that practice, utilization of empirical research methodology in collecting and analyzing original data, and preparation of a scholarly paper. Pre: 650.
SW 744 Individual or Group Research Project—Plan B (V) Same as 743. Pre: 743.
SW 745 Social Work Research Seminar (2) For students who will be conducting Plan A thesis or Plan B research project. Focus on conceptualizing, designing, and implementing an empirical study, measurement issues, and computer applications. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: 640.
SW 746 Individual or Group Research Project—Plan B (V) Same as 743.
SW 750 Analysis and Development of Knowledge for Social Work (3) Focuses on developing an understanding of philosophy of science, theory development, social work epistemology, and the analysis and development of knowledge for social work practice. Pre: PhD candidate in social welfare or consent.
SW 751 Research Design and Cross-Cultural Applications (3) Empirical research methodology with emphasis on design principles and measurement theory; design and measurement issues and problems in cross-cultural research. Pre: PhD candidate in social welfare or consent.
SW 752 Qualitative Research: Philosophical, Methodological and Analytic Approaches (3) Theories and methods of qualitative research; problem formulation, informant selection, study design, data collection and analysis utilizing qualitative approaches. Repeatable 3 times. A-F only. Pre: 640 or 651 or equivalent; departmental approval.
SW 755 Specialization Integration Seminar (3) Culminating experience in social welfare doctoral specialization; integration of PhD core and specialization course work. Pre: classified student in PhD in social welfare program or consent.
SW 759 Child and Family Violence (3) Dynamics of child abuse and neglect and issues related to child maltreatment and family violence. Includes legal, cultural, and social perspectives.
SW 760 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Child Abuse and Neglect (3) Interdisciplinary approaches and collaborative methods for practice in child abuse and neglect. Includes legal, medical, educational, nursing, social work, public health, and psychological aspects. Meets seminar requirement.
SW 765 Program Evaluation (3) Presented are principles of and frameworks for program evaluation. Students develop logic models and evaluation plans for a community program, and collect and analyze evaluation data. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent. Spring only. (Cross-listed as PH 765)
SW 772 Seminar in International Social Work (3) Approaches to social problems and trends in the profession in international, cross-cultural perspectives. Emphasis on developmental aspects of social work. Political, economic, social, and cultural forces shaping social welfare in national development. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
SW 774 Cultural Factors in Work with Hawaiians (3) Hawaiian culture, past and present. Explores and examines possible approaches to working with Hawaiians and part-Hawaiians. Special emphasis on supports in the Hawaiian system that may promote maximal functioning for those Hawaiians experiencing problems in today’s society. Meets seminar requirement. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 776 Seminar on Women and Health (3) Women’s health and the role of women health professionals. Current literature and research regarding attitudes, roles, rights, and health care. Pre: graduate standing or consent. (Cross-listed as NURS 744)
SW 780 Seminar in Substantive Field (V) Current problems and issues in fields such as mental health, child welfare, institutional care, public welfare; possible solutions. Meets seminar requirement. Pre: graduate standing.
SW 790 Second-Year Practicum (V) Instruction in the field is continued. The practicum of the second year provides an opportunity for the student to test out concepts, principles, theories, and alternate approaches in actual practice settings. Pre: 691.
SW 791 Second-Year Practicum (V) Same as 790.
SW 800 Dissertation Research (V) Repeatable one time.
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