Orientation to the profession of social work; historical development, values and philosophy, scope and aims.
Orientation to practice principles, concepts, values, knowledge base, and their application. Pre: 200 (complete with C or better) and majors only.
Introduction to practice skills with individuals, families, groups, and communities. A significant portion of class time is dedicated to writing instruction congruent with professional expectations. Pre: 302 (complete with C or better) and majors only. Co-requisite: 391.
Historical developments and implications of social welfare activities, institutions, and policies and European backgrounds; introduce social welfare developments in selected non-European countries. SW majors only. Recommended: 200.
Introduction to field education; application of social work knowledge, skills, and values to the field experience. CR/NC only. Pre: 302, 325, 326 (or concurrent), 360, and 361 (or concurrent) complete with C or better; and majors only. Co-requisite: 303.
Use of problem-solving processes and ethical models of decision-making in practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Pre: 303, 326, and 361 complete with C or better; and majors only. Corequisite: 440 and 490.
Examination of practice methods and intervention models; identification and analysis of issues related to practice. A significant portion of class time is dedicated to writing instruction congruent with professional expectations. Pre: 402 (C or better) and majors only. Co-requisite: 491.
By 2050, more than a quarter of the world’s population will be 60 years of age or older. Explores what we know about aging today to encourage a lifetime of aging well. A-F only. Pre: 201 or SW 360 or WGSS 305 or PSY 100 or HDFS 230 or NURS 200; or consent. (Cross-listed as COA 435 and PH 435)
To preserve the cultural knowledge of kupuna as it relates to health and wellbeing. Disseminate cultural knowledge of health and well-being to social work students and students in allied health professions. SW or Social Welfare students only.
To provide a holistic examination of issues and to explore culturally-anchored resolutions and practices to achieve social justice and health and well-being. SW, Social Welfare, or PH students only.
Provides students with a body of knowledge, skills, and values that facilitate social work with Native Hawaiians. SW or Social Welfare students.
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.
An examination of current trends and issues in social work. SW majors only.
Intermediate instruction to field education; application of social work knowledge, skills, and values to the field experience. Pre: 391 complete with C or better, and majors only. Co-requisite: 402 and 440.
Advanced instruction to field education; application of social work knowledge, skills, and values to the field experience. Pre: 490 complete with C or better, and majors only. Co-requisite: 403.
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 advisor.
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)
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. A-F only. Pre: 606.
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. Provides opportunity for the application of various models of social policy analysis in major areas of social welfare programming and service delivery. SW majors only. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. (Fall only)
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. SW majors only. A-F only. Pre: 606, graduate standing, and consent. (Spring only)
Introduction to formal organization theory. Social service administration examined and implications for service delivery systems developed. SW majors only. Pre: graduate standing.
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.
Physical, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of dying, death, and bereavement. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
Overview of aging from the biopsycho, socioeconomic 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.
Understanding and interpreting results of nomothetic and idiographic research; design principles and statistical analyses and their relationship to practices; use of published research. SW majors only. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. (Fall only)
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)
Introduction to quantitative methods in behavioral sciences. Introduction to general linear model as principle of data analysis. Course requires basic statistics. (Meets PhD common inquiry methods requirement or elective.)
Introduction to linear statistical models as principle of data analysis. Topics include multiple regression models with continuous and categorical predictors. ANOVA with multiple factors, ANOVA with repeated measures, and ANCOVA. Pre: 601 or consent.
Multivariate forms of multiple linear regression, analysis of variance, and analysis of co-variance. Multiple discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, and principal components analysis are discussed. SW majors only.
Examination of complex factors that privilege some and oppress/marginalize others; challenges commonly held tropes and complicates the discourse regarding individual, family, group, organizational and community development within the social environment. SW majors only. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. (Fall only)
Focus on human development across the lifespan with attention given to unique challenges and opportunities faced in each phase. Emphasis is placed on “populations at risk” and the strengths and assets unique to diverse populations. A-F only. Pre: 659. (Spring only)
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. Repeatable one time. SW majors only. Pre: graduate standing.
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. SW majors only. Pre: graduate standing.
Community organization and development applicable to the delivery of health services. Understanding community dynamics, mobilizing community groups for effective health care practice and delivery. SW majors only. Pre: PH 647 or consent. (Cross-listed as PH 671)
Current trends in field of social welfare. Recent courses have focused on forensic social work, immigrants and refugees, and leadership in human services. Meets seminar requirement. Repeatable one time in different topics. SW majors only. Pre: graduate standing.
Introduction to couple and family therapy offers an overview of family systems perspective, theory and technique relevant to informing effective social work case planning, case management, advocacy, and interaction with clients. SW majors only. Graduate students only.
Field education is the signature pedagogy of social work education. Students will engage in supervised social work practice and have the opportunity to apply generalist knowledge, skills, values, and ethics to practice. A-F only. Pre: 606 (or concurrent)(with a minimum grade of C).
Field education is the signature pedagogy of social work education. Students will engage in supervised social work practice and have the opportunity to apply generalist knowledge, skills, values, and ethics to practice. A-F only. Pre: 690 and 607 (or concurrent) and 631 (or concurrent) (all with a minimum grade of C).
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.
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. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: consent.
Independent research under supervision of a thesis committee. Includes formal proposal and defense of finished research. Repeatable unlimited times.
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. SW majors only. Pre: 607 or consent.
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. SW majors only. Pre: graduate standing.
Advanced practice course for students specializing in social work with children and families. 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. SW majors only. Pre: completion of foundation courses.
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. Organized around student case presentations in a consultation format. Meets seminar requirement. SW majors only. Pre: 717.
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. Covers health care policy, research directions in practice and social work management issues. SW majors only. Pre: completion of foundation courses.
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. SW majors only. Pre: 722.
Prepares students for social work practice in mental health settings. Focused on engagement and assessment while emphasizing cultural, person in environment, and strengths-based approaches. SW majors only. Pre: completion of foundation courses.
Prepares students for social work practice in mental health settings, with a focus on history and policy in the U.S. and Hawai‘i, as well as culturally-grounded and evidence-based practice. SW majors only. Pre: 724.
Designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of theoretical formulations and intervention strategies for working with older adults and their families. Emphasis on diversity/justice. SW majors only. Pre: completion of foundation courses.
Designed for gerontology specialization students to gain advanced knowledge for working with diverse older adults and their families. Emphasis on strength perspectives on aging. SW majors only. Pre: 726.
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. SW majors only. Pre: 630 or consent.
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. SW majors only. Pre: graduate standing.
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. SW majors only. Pre: 650.
Independent research (group of two to seven students or by an individual student) undertaken under the sponsorship of a faculty advisor. 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. SW majors only. A-F only. Pre: 650.
Same as 743. A-F only. Pre: 743.
Same as 743. A-F only
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. A-F only. Pre: PhD candidate in social welfare or consent.
Empirical research methodology with emphasis on design principles and measurement theory; design and measurement issues and problems in cross-cultural research. A-F only. Pre: PhD candidate in social welfare or consent.
Theories and methods of qualitative research; problem formulation, informant selection, study design, data collection and analysis utilizing qualitative approaches. Repeatable three times. A-F only. Pre: 640 or 651 or equivalent; departmental approval.
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.
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. SW majors only. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
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.
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)
Instruction in the field is continued. The field experience in the second year provides an opportunity for the student to test out
concepts, principles, theories, and alternate approaches in actual practice settings. SW majors only. A-F only. Pre: 717 (or concurrent) or 722 (or concurrent) or 724 (or concurrent) or 726 (or concurrent) (all with a minimum grade of B -).
Continuation of 790. A-F only. Pre: 790 and; 718 (or concurrent); or 723 (or concurrent); or 725 (or concurrent); or 727 (or concurrent) (all with a minimum grade of B-).
Builds on 630 and emphasizes a more thorough and comprehensive examination of major policies, programs, and populations central to a concentration (Health, Mental Health, Gerontology, Child and Family). Students learn a more focused and applied analysis of the relationship between social policy, research, and social work practice. SW majors only. A-F only. Pre: 606 and 607; 630 and 631; 640 and 650; 659 and 660; 690 and 691.
Repeatable one time.