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Course Descriptions

Foundation Year Courses

5221 Introduction to the Profession
History and development of the social work profession, social work values and ethics, foundations of knowledge, and fields of practice with systems of all sizes. 5221 Syllabus

5121 Introduction to the Social Work Profession-Dual Degree I
History and development of the social work profession, social work values and ethics, foundations of knowledge, and fields of practice with systems of all sizes for dual degree students. 5121 Syllabus

5122 Introduction to the Social Work Profession-Dual Degree II
Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of B in SWO 5121.
Continuation of history and development of the social work profession, social work values and ethics, foundations of knowledge, and fields of practice with systems of all sizes for dual degree students. 5122 Syllabus

5561 Professional Practice with Individuals and Families
Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5221; or a minimum grade of C in SWO 5122.
Knowledge, values and skills needed for working with individuals and families. 5561 Syllabus

5362 Professional Practice with Groups
Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5221; or a minimum grade of C in SWO 5122.
Knowledge, values and skills needed for working with groups. 5362 Syllabus

5491 Foundation Internship I
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in SWO 5122 or a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5221; and a minimum grade of B or concurrent enrollment in both SWO 5362 and SWO 5561.
Orientation and introduction to field internship, at least 240 hours and applied learning in the field, and an integrative seminar. 5491 Syllabus

5381 Research for Social Work Practice
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in SWO 5221 or a minimum grade of C in SWO 5122.
Critical evaluation and use of research and conducting research in one's on professional practice. 5381 Syllabus

5463 Professional Practice with Communities and Organizations
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5561 and 5362.
Knowlege, values, and skills needed for working with communities and organizations. 5463 Syllabus

5322 Social Policy for Social Work Practice
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5221 or SWO 5122.
Introduces the historical context of social policy and services in the United States, the analysis of current developments, and how social work influence social welfare policy and provide social services. 5322 Syllabus


5492 Foundation Internship II
Prerequisite(s): B (3.0) or higher in SWO 5491, 5561 and 5362, and credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5463.
Additional 240 hours of field experience; continuation of SWO 5491. Includes more sophisticated social work practice opportunities and expectations. 5492 Syllabus

Advanced Standing Seminars

5301 Current Issues in Social Work I
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Master of Social Work program.
This course prepares students for entrance into Baylor's Advanced standing MSW Program. Introduces the mission of the program with an emphasis on integrated faith and social work practice, the strengths perspective and building communities. Overviews the professional foundation to include human behavior and the social environment and social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. 5301 Syllabus

5302 Current Issues in Social Work II
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Master of Social Work program.
This course prepares students for conducting social work research and social welfare policy assessment and formulation. It provides generalist social work knowledge, and skills for entrance into Baylor's Advanced standing MSW program. 5302 Syllabus

Concentration Year Courses

5573 Advanced Practuce: Health
Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5333; and SWO 5561, 5362, and 5463, or SWO 5301 and 5302, or SWO 4293.
Specialized knowledge and skills for advanced social work practice within array of health delivery contexts. Emphasizes intervention that promotes wellness, with sensitivity to cultural diversity. 5573 Syllabus

5574 Advanced Practice: Families
Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5334; and credit in SWO 5561, 5362, and 5463, or SWO 5301 and 5302, or SWO 4293.
Preparation for advanced social work practice with families across the developmental spectrum from the families of infants to families of elderly adults. Emphasizes building communities that strengthen and support families in all their forms, with sensitivity to cultural diversity. 5574 Syllabus

5575 Advanced Practice: Community Practice
Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5335; and credit in SWO 5561, 5362, and 5463, or SWO 5301 and 5302, or SWO 4293.
Prepares advanced practice social workers to promote community problem-solving and development. Emphasizes community assets; leadership development; and change strategy selection, enactment, and evaluation. Focuses on congregations and religiously affiliated organizations as agents of community change. 5575 Syllabus

5323 Administrative Practice in Social Work
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5322; or SWO 5301 and 5302; or SWO 4293.
Administrative Practice in Social Work prepares students to perform managerial functions in public, nonprofit, and faith-based human service organizations with particular emphasis on those with programs designed to improve human wellness. Specific attention is given to the topics of leadership, human resources, fund raising, organization development, structure and governance, resource management, and efforts to link human service organizations in an integrated community-wide service delivery system. 5323 Syllabus

5333 Human Wellness and Health Care
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5301 and 5302, or SWO 5492, or SWO 4293.
Examines how intrapersonal, sociocultural and physical environmental systems in transactional relationships with health care consumers, contribute to the processes of wellness, stress, and illness. 5333 Syllabus

5334 Children and Families - Theories and Models of Practice
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5301 and 5302, or SWO 5492, or SWO 4293.
The intrapersonal, interpersonal, social, and physical environmental systems in transactional relationships with families, contributing to the processes of family resilience, strength, vulnerability, stress, and crisis. 5334 Syllabus

5335 Frameworks and Perspectives for Community Practice
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5301 and 5302; or 5492, or SWO 4293.
Guides advanced practice social workers in the evaluation and selection of frameworks for community change. Emphasizes values, professional role, and cultural influences on how change is envisioned, enacted, and evaluated. 5335 Syllabus

5182 Research Seminar
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5301 and 5302, or 5381, or SWO 4293; and concurrent enrollment or completion of 5190 and 5573 or 5574 or 5575.
Overview and critical evaluation of quantitative and qualitative research in a specified area of students’ concentration and development of an initial plan for practice research to be conducted in SWO 5383. 5182 Syllabus

5190 Introduction to Advanced Internship III
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5301 and 5302 or 5492, or SWO 4293; and credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5333, 5334 or 5335; and credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5182 and 5323; and credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5573, 5574, or 5575.
Introduction to the advanced internship. 5190 COPR Syllabus, 5190 FC Syllabus, 5190 PMH Syllabus

5390 Part I Advanced Internship III
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5190 or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5190.
First of two semesters of the advanced internship.

5490 Part II Advanced Internship III
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of B (3.0) in SWO 5190 and 5390, and a minimum grade of B (3.0) in SWO 5573, 5574, or 5575.
Second of two semesters of the advanced internship.

5790 Advanced Internship III
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of B (3.0) in SWO 5190 and a minimum grade of B (3.0) in SWO 5573, 5574, or 5575.
Advanced internship in concentration area. 5790 COPR Syllabus, 5790 FC Syllabus, 5790 PMH Syllabus

5383 Research Project
Prerequisite(s): SWO 5182 and 5190; and SWO 5333, 5334, or 5335; and SWO 5573, 5574, or 5575; and credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5790.
Complete a major research project evaluating one dimension of practice in the chosen concentration. 5383 Syllabus


5398 Capstone
Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5790 or SWO 5490; and credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 5383.
Integrative seminar to demonstrate readiness to practice social work at an advanced level in the student's area of concentration. 5398 Syllabus


Global Missions Leadership Specialization

5210 Cross Cultural Interactive Seminar I
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Integration and contextualization of MSW course work across the academic program with a selected national culture. Emphasis on introduction to social work practice. Seminar enables students to experience a guided learning community with international colleagues. 5210 Syllabus

5211 Cross Cultural Interactive Seminar II
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Integration and contextualization of MSW course work across the academic program with a selected national culture. Emphasis on social policy implications. Seminar enables students to experience a guided learning community with international colleagues. 5211 Syllabus

5212 Cross Cultural Interactive Seminar III
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Integration and contextualization of MSW course work across the academic program with a selected national culture. Emphasis on international research and strategic planning. Seminar enables students to experience a guided learning community with international colleagues.

5213 Cross Cultural Interactive Seminar IV
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Integration and contex11alization of MSW course work across the academic program with a selected national culture. Emphasis on social work practice with individuals, families, and therapeutic groups. Seminar enables students to experience a guided learning community with international colleagues.

5180 International Research and Strategic Planning
Prerequisite(s): Admissions to the MSW program and consent of instructor.
Prepares students to research and specialization development in international social work. Select and analyze global social issue(s) in a country of concern for strategic plan implementation. Acquire advanced library research skills. 5180 Syllabus