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SWO 3305 / SOC 3305 Introduction to Gerontology
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An examination of aging in relation to sociology, psychology, biology, law, political science, literature, religion, recreation, and health. Special emphasis is placed on seeking ways to improve the quality of life for persons over 35. 

SWO 3311 / SOC 3311 Race, Class and Gender
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Race, class, gender, ethnicity, and the dynamics of their interrelationships in U.S. society.

SWO 3313 Working with Minorities -
The Interpersonal Perspective - The focus of this course is on the interpersonal interactions between the student and persons of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The course is designed to enable students to better work with minority persons. Primary emphasis is given to the African-American and Mexican-American experience, although other minorities are considered. The student is given opportunities to better understand his/her own orientation and attitudes regarding minority persons and how these influence interpersonal relationships.

SWO 3360 / SOC 3360 Juvenile Delinquency- A study of delinquency in a changing society, with emphasis on social causes and methods of control.

SWO 4310 / SOC 4310 Death and Dying - Significant issues in the rapidly growing field of death awareness. Specifically, the interactions between the dying individual, family, friends, and professionals are analyzed in terms of process. Major emphasis is placed on the social aspects of dying and the different settings in which deaths occur.

SWO 4315 - Foundations for Social Justice - Examines theories and practices of social justice as related to oppressed groups in a multicultural society utilitizing religious and nonreligious perspectives.  Addresses issues of power, inequality and privilege and the diverse experiences of oppressed groups in framing strategies to promote social justice.

SWO 4316 - Loss & Mourning - Specialized knowledge and skills for loss and grief and therapeutic interventions for the bereaved, including bereaved children. Preparation for work with loss of relationship and health across the lifespan. Emphasis on religious faith and grief, and the response of faith communities and religiously affiliated providers to suicide, divorce, loss of parental rights and other disenfranchised grief.

SWO 4317 - Human Trafficking - This course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of contemporary human trafficking and modern day slavery. The roles that entities such as government, the media, faith-based organizations, organized crime and culture play in this complex human rights and social (in)justice issue will also be explored.

SWO 4329 Community Services for Families and Children -  Community-based family resource programs; family life education; family counseling; child care; mentoring and youth services; family preservation services; adoption; residential treatment and foster care.

SWO 4340 / GRT 4340 / SOC 4340 Ethnicity and Aging - Impact of ethnicity as an explanatory variable in understanding the nature of the aging process. Special consideration is given to how ethnicity shapes the nature of health and human service policy and delivery on behalf of older persons.

SWO 4352 / SOC 4352 Criminology - Crime, criminals, and the correctional system in America. Emphasis is given to the effects of crime on the social order.

SWO 4393 / SOC 4393 Sociology of Aging - Prerequisite(s): SOC 1305 and 3305 or consent of instructor.  Impact of aging upon individuals and society, as well as the reactions of individuals and society to aging. Social gerontology is the principal focus of attention of the course.

SWO 4395 / SOC 4395 Aging and Mental Health - Prerequisite(s): SOC 4393 or PSY 4355 or consent of instructor.   Mental health needs and related problems of aging individuals with considerable discussion of approved mental health treatments for such persons.

SWO 4V70 Independent Study in Social Work - Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Course for students who wish to study an area of social work not covered by a formal course. May be repeated for up to a total of six hours credit when the subject matter varies.

SWO 4V80 Special Topics in Social Work - Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or graduate student. Provides instruction in areas of social work knowledge, values and/or skills that are not available in the standard social work or graduate curricula. Course may be repeated up to six times with different topic of study, not to exceed a maximum of six hours.