Social Work Minor

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Social workers are professionals who are committed to both compassionate care and social change at the local and global level. Effective social work practice depends on critical thinking skills, an understanding of a variety of perspectives and a concern for social justice. Does that sound like you? Consider a minor in social work at Bridgewater College.

While a minor in social work is open to all majors at BC, a major in sociology is the best companion for the minor. A minor in social work will prepare you for either employment or graduate study in the profession.

Consists of 21 credit hours in sociology and social work from the following courses:

An overview of the development of social work as a profession with an introduction to the various settings in which social work is practiced. Particular emphasis will be placed on the value orientation and ethical code of the profession and legal issues facing both practitioners and clients. Twenty hours of community service is a component of this course. Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Traces the origins and development of current social welfare institutions and illuminates the philosophical and ethical considerations undergirding social policy while considering the merits and deficits of current social services. While a primary focus is on the political economic and social context of the American welfare system cross-cultural comparisons will be considered. Prerequisite ENG 110 and SOC 101 Ethical Reasoning and Experiential Learning

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the human family historically and comparatively in various cultures with major emphasis placed upon the modern American family. Included are such topics as the diversity of family structures the social construction of emotions gender expectations and roles parenting the life cycle and family tensions. Prerequisite SOC 101 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive

Unit(s): 3

Basic counseling skills and models are outlined for students who plan to enter a helping profession. Primary focus is placed on current counseling techniques and strategies. Helping skills such as attending reflecting clarifying empathizing supporting examining feedback confronting and facilitating group process are treated. Goal setting decision making self-awareness and referral techniques are also included. Prerequisite SOC 101 2015 Fall Semester Estimated Extra Cost 45

Unit(s): 3

Provides social work experience through placement in a human service agency. Placement may be arranged for 12 weeks of a full-time experience during the normal semester or on a part-time basis for three credits. The experience is under careful supervision of both the agency and the Sociology department. The students interest influences the choice of an agency. One hundred twenty hours of participation are required for three credits and 480 hours are required for 12 credits. Prerequisites ENG 110 SOC 254 255 and 451 or permission of the instructor Experiential Learning

Unit(s): 3

And two courses from the following:

Examination of theories pertaining to the causes of crime and treatment of offenders. Theories of violent and property crimes (including white-collar crimes) are explored. Critical analysis of the social political and cultural context of the justice system in the United States of America with a special emphasis on questions of justice fairness and equality are also undertaken. Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

The study of the behavior of individuals in small groups with a focus on the development of interpersonal communication skills. Topics include facilitation leadership styles decision making problem solving and mediation. Attention will be directed at how groups form and change over time how conflict occurs and is managed how roles and norms develop and the nature of power conformity and deviance in groups. The relevance of this work to applied settings will also be discussed. Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Analysis of juvenile crime and its connections to family structures peer groups and the educational system as well as gender race and class. Trends in juvenile corrections are examined along with current debates on reform. Special topics include gangs juvenile detention probation child advocates waiver to adult courts and hospitalization. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

The nature of racial relations and inequalities in American society including their historical origins and relationship to Western capitalist development. The ethnic composition of contemporary American society impact of legal and illegal immigration patterns dynamics of modern structures and institutions the Civil Rights Movement inter-ethnic conflicts and attitudes multiculturalism and status of affirmative action are analyzed in the context of national and global social change. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 and SOC 101 General education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the growing ethnic diversity in the Shenandoah Valley through study of contemporary theories and research on immigration. Hands-on field experience includes first-hand interaction with local immigrants and is particularly beneficial for students seeking Spanish language intercultural andor service-learning experience. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 and SOC 101 General Education 2014 Global Dynamics Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Examination of how society supports controls and constrains our arrival into and departure from the world revealing the ways that events often assumed to be natural are in fact conditioned by social and cultural forces. Special emphasis on the communication of cultural norms regarding birth and death the impact of advances in medicine and technology and how birth and death become cultural metaphors for other social phenomena. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

A broad introduction to the field familiarizes students with conflict and practical approaches to its transformation. Personal communication and conflict styles negotiation skills interpersonal mediation and facilitation of group decision-making and problem-solving strategies are examined. Participation in discussions exercises analyses role-plays and simulations frame the course. In addition to the regularly scheduled meeting times one Saturday session is included. Prerequisites SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Exposes students to a broad view of public mental health and psychology in the public interest. Stimulates the interest of future researchers clinicians and policy makers toward improvement of public mental health. Specific attention is given to discerning science from pseudoscience in the practice of psychology. Prerequisites PSY 310 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Overlap Policy: No more than one course in the minor (beyond any courses required for both programs) can also count toward a student's major.

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