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Social Welfare Courses

Upper Division Courses

100A. Introduction to Social Welfare: Policies and Programs. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Origin and development of major U.S. social welfare programs and policies guiding them, with emphasis on analysis of policy developments/issues related to provision of social welfare services. Study of historical and current responses of the profession to major social problems.

100B. Social Welfare Policy: Overview. Prerequisite: course 100A. Review of existing policy regarding major social issues in the field of social welfare. Examination of discrepency between need and capacity of social agencies to address need. Exploration of differential impact of policy on various populations.

101. Social Welfare in a Multicultural Society. (Formerly numbered 105.) Social policy viewed from perspective of various cultural groups. Students to become aware of their own cultural perspective and learn to recognize similarities and differences in values, perspectives, and beliefs across cultural groups.

102. Social Welfare Organizations and Community Systems. Recommended prerequisites: courses 100A, 100B. Detailed demonstration of implementation of policy via the functioning of human service organizations.Examination of organizational structures/functions. Exploration of characteristics and organization of the community and forces that influence its development and change.

103. Introduction to Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups. Prerequisites: courses 100A, 100B, 101. Description and demonstration of basic skills employed in direct social work practice via the casework process. Students practice these skills in written, role-play, small group, and video or audio exercises. P/NP or letter grading.

104A. Filipino American Community and Family. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Examination of interaction of Filipino American families and communities within the larger social and political environment to understand importance of social, cultural, and political influences of Filipino American families and communities. P/NP or letter grading.

104B. Japanese American Redress. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Examination of process through which Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was created, pursued, and passed. This act was the official apology from the U.S. government to over 110,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. P/NP or letter grading.

M104C. Diversity in Aging: Roles of Gender and Ethnicity. (Formerly numbered 104C.) (Same as Gerontology M104C.) Exploration of complexity of variables related to diversity of the aging population and variability in aging process. Examination of gender and ethnicity within context of both physical and social aging, in a multidisciplinary perspective utilizing faculty from a variety of fields to address issues of diversity.

M104D. Public Policy and Aging. (Formerly numbered 104D.) (Same as Gerontology M104D.) Examination of theoretical models and concepts of the policy process, with application to aging policy. Analysis of decision-making processes that affect aging policy. Description of history of contemporary aging policy. Exploration of current policy issues affecting the elderly. P/NP or letter grading.

M104E. Social Aspects of Aging. (Formerly numbered 104E.) (Same as Gerontology M104E.) Topics include theories of aging, economic factors, changing roles, social relationships, and special populations. Weekly seminars organized around a key aspect of social gerontology. P/NP or letter grading.

104F. Japanese American Community and Family. Examination of interaction of Japanese American families and communities within the larger social and political environment to understand importance of social, cultural, and political influences of Japanese American families and communities. P/NP or letter grading.

105. Social Welfare Policy in Modern America: Historical Perspectives. Lecture, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Historical overview of American social policy dealing with three core societal problems: poverty, sickness, and joblessness. Programs developed by governments to ameliorate these problems have typically been public insurance programs or cash transfers such as unemployment insurance, welfare, and Social Security. Collectively these programs are known as "the welfare state"; examination of origins of the U.S. welfare state, its development over time, and features that make it distinctive as compared to welfare states in other nations.

106. Research Seminar and Field Observation: Social Welfare. Seminar, three hours; discussion, one hour; outside study, eight hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Didactic component with focus on development of basic skills in the areas of research. Students select one field of observation experience (module) from a number of field settings. P/NP or letter grading.

107. Field Practicum: Social Welfare. Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; outside study, eight hours. Prerequisites: course 106, consent of instructor. In field practicum students are placed in a specific agency where they combine observation of agency functions with participation in specific agency tasks and roles under instructional supervision of an agency mentor and a UCLA faculty member. P/NP or letter grading.

M140. Introduction to Study of Aging. (Formerly numbered 140.) (Same as Gerontology M140 and Psychology M140.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Perspectives on major features of human aging -- biological, social, psychological, and humanistic. Introduction to information on the range of influences on aging to prepare students for subsequent specialization. P/NP or letter grading.

199. Special Studies in Social Welfare (2 or 4 units). Preparation: 3.0 grade-point average. Designed for juniors/seniors. Intensive directed research in social welfare. P/NP or letter grading.

Graduate Courses

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201A-201B. Dynamics of Human Behavior (3 units each). Biopsychosocial factors associated with individual and group behavior and development as applicable in social functioning of individuals and groups. Emphasis on theoretical issues and research evidence which contribute to a unified theory of human development.

202A-202B. Dynamics of Human Behavior (2 units each). Prerequisites: courses 201A-201B. Deviations and pathologies or stresses in physical, emotional, and social areas of human functioning as those problems relate to role and function of the social worker.

203A-203B-203C. Integrative Seminars (2 units each). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Integrative courses which bring together theory and practice of social work in a variety of topic areas relevant to the profession. Includes identification of problem areas and populations-at-risk requiring further examination. S/U or letter grading.

M203D. Supporting Families of Children with Special Needs (2 units). (Same as Psychiatry M254.) Techniques and issues in counseling families through evaluation, feedback, and treatment. Social and psychological stresses on family unit, professional's reactions, community resources, and issues of genetic counseling, placement, and developmental crises. S/U grading.

M203E. Hispanic Mental Health Issues and Treatment (2 units). (Same as Psychiatry M231.) Mental health issues and needs of Hispanics through seminars and videotapes dealing with historical comparison of psychiatry in Mexico and the U.S., analysis of various theoretical perspectives regarding biopsychosocial behavior; distinguishing psychodynamic from cultural factors in treatment of Spanish-speaking patients; treatment of Hispanic families, couples, undocumented persons, and criminal justice system clientele.

205A. Cross-Cultural Awareness (2 units). Designed to aid students in development of professional perspectives that will allow them to work effectively with members of myriad cultural groups, to discuss with clarity alternative concepts of culture in determination of individual behavior responses, and to identify their own personal cultural values and assumptions. S/U grading.

205B. Group Conflict and Change (2 units). Study of phenomena of group conflict and change as they appear in the social welfare matrix of groups, communities, and social institutions; relationship between conflict and social and cultural change; major research contributions in understanding of these phenomena.

220. History and Philosophy of Social Welfare (2 units). History of social work as a field: body of knowledge, method and process, and point of view analyzed within context of economic, political, social, philosophical, and scientific climate of the period.

M221A. Foundations of Social Welfare Policy. (Formerly numbered 221A.) (Same as Policy Studies M210.) Lecture, three hours. Nature, roles, and history of welfare institutions in different societies; applicable social system theory of different components of the welfare system; theory and research about welfare policies and organizational forms. S/U or letter grading.

221B. Social Welfare Policy and Services II (2 units). Understanding of significant theoretical constructs and relevant empirical evidence dealing with how organizations develop and maintain their internal functions. Development of beginning skill in organizational analysis. Special attention to organizational analysis of social welfare services.

223. Seminar: Social Work Profession (2 units). Nature and role of social work in contemporary society; relationships with other professions; probable future trends in the profession; social work ethics, professional organizations, certification licensing; professional responsibility for continued self-criticism and improvement of the profession. S/U grading.

225A-225B. Social Welfare Policy. Discussion, three hours. Prerequisites: doctoral standing and/or consent of instructor:

225A. Formulation and Analysis. Examination of principal issues in development, formulation, and adoption of U.S. social welfare policies, with particular focus on income distribution and redistribution. Emphasis on analysis of social policy issues and conceptual frameworks for analysis.

225B. Implementation and Evaluation. Examination of issues in implementation and evaluation of social welfare policies, particularly those pertaining to provision, organization, and delivery of social services, including auspices funding, distribution, criteria for effectiveness, and use of quantitative methods in policy analysis.

230A-230B-230C. Theory of Direct Social Work Practice I, II, III (2 units each). Corequisite: required social work practicum. Introduction to theory of social work with individuals and small groups and to principles of practice which are derivative of this and related theory. S/U or letter grading.

231A-231B-231C. Advanced Theory of Direct Social Work Practice IV, V, VI. Lecture, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Corequisite: required social work practicum. Advanced level, critical analysis of theories, concepts, and principles underlying social casework practice. Specific attention to deviation and stress as conditions affecting functioning of individuals and groups, and to diagnostic knowledge and competence required in rehabilitation and prevention. S/U or letter grading.

240A-240B-240C. Community Administration, Policy, and Planning I, II, III (2 units each). Corequisite: required social work practicum. Historical and theoretical developments in administration, planning, and community organization; understanding the community as a social system, administration of organizations; role of the practitioner in identification, analysis, and evaluation of needs, existing programs, policies, structures, and strategies of intervention. S/U or letter grading.

241A-241B-241C. Advanced Theory of Social Work Method (Administration, Planning, and Community Organization) IV, V, VI. Lecture, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Corequisite: required social work practicum. Emphasis on various patterns of community action for attaining social welfare objectives; research and field experience directed toward study of social problems within context of community planning; emerging patterns of physical, economic, and social planning within framework of social change theory. S/U or letter grading.

M241D. Social Advocacy and Domestic Violence. (Same as Law M359.) Lecture, three hours; fieldwork. Use of domestic violence as a case study to give students skills needed to advocate for individuals or issues. How systems work, how law legitimizes systems, and how advocacy can be used to change the systems.

245A-245B. Development of Social Work Practice Theory. Discussion, three hours. Prerequisites: doctoral standing and/or consent of instructor:

245A. Epistemology of Practice. Guiding scientific models of practice theories; process of emergence, development, and change of practice theories; intellectual foundations of practice theories; how professionals learn, apply, accumulate, and modify their practice knowledge; science and practice interplay.

245B. Models of Social Work Practice Research. Research for practice, with major emphasis on methods of intervention research which seek to design, test, evaluate, and disseminate innovative intervention technologies.

258. Critical Problems in Social Welfare (2 units). Prerequisites: doctoral standing and/or consent of instructor. Current problems in the field of social welfare. Specific topics vary depending on research and educational interests and needs of class. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

280. Social Welfare Research (3 units). Lecture, three hours; outside study, six hours. Sources, nature, and uses of social work theory and research-based knowledge and of broader social data relevant to social welfare activities. Critical analysis of major methods of developing scientific knowledge. S/U or letter grading.

281A-281B-281C. Advanced Social Welfare Research (2 units each). Individual or group research projects requiring intensive examination and analysis of a social problem area, directed toward development of research knowledge and techniques for social work practice. In Progress grading.

285A-285B-285C. Research in Social Welfare. Review of areas of research of concern to social workers, with special attention to design, instrument construction, data collection, data processing, data reduction, analysis, and interpretation. Designs studied include survey, panel, experimental observation, and theory development research. S/U or letter grading.

286A-286B-286C. Survey of Research Methods. Prerequisites: doctoral standing and/or consent of instructor. Basic concepts underlying research methods. Content includes theoretical and conceptual approaches to research problem formulation; research design, including experimental, comparative, and survey; sampling; statistical methods; methods of observation and techniques of data analysis.

290A-290B-290C. Seminars: Social Work. Lecture, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Series of seminars dealing with trends in social work and social welfare, with focus on current social problems affecting individuals, groups, and communities and new patterns of intervention based on recent demonstrations and research. S/U or letter grading.

M290D. Women, Health, and Aging: Policy Issues (2 or 4 units). (Same as Health Services M241.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisites: two upper division social sciences courses, two upper division biological sciences courses, or equivalent, consent of instructor. Social and economic context of older women's aging, major physical and psychological changes older women experience, delivery of health services to this population, and policies that respond to their health needs.

M290E-M290F-M290G. Child Abuse and Neglect (2 units, 2 units, 1 unit). (Same as Community Health Sciences M245A-M245B-M245C, Dentistry M300.5A-M300.5B-M300.5C, Education M217G-M217H-M217I, Law M281A-M281B, Medicine M290A-M290B, and Nursing M290A-M290B-M290C.) Course M290E is prerequisite to M290F, which is prerequisite to M290G. Intensive interdisciplinary study of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect, with lectures by faculty members of the Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and the Departments of Education and Psychology, as well as by the relevant public agencies. S/U or letter grading.

M290I. Children with Special Health Care Needs: Systems Perspective. (Same as Community Health Sciences M420.) Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, one hour. Examination and evaluation of principles, policies, programs, and practices which have evolved to identify, assess, and meet special needs of infants, children, and adolescents with developmental disabilities or chronic illness and their families.

M290J. Child Welfare Policy. (Same as Policy Studies M212.) Lecture, three hours. Development of social policy as it affects families and children from different cultural backgrounds and as it is given form in public child welfare system. Examination of development of an infrastructure to support needs of children and families. S/U or letter grading.

M290K. Mental Health Policy. (Same as Policy Studies M213.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of evolution of social policy and services for the mentally ill, with emphasis on political, economic, ideological, and sociological factors that affect views of the mentally ill and services they are provided. S/U or letter grading.

M290L. Poverty, the Poor, and Welfare Reform. (Same as Policy Studies M214.) Lecture, three hours. Major policy and research issues concerning poverty and social welfare policy directed toward the poor in the U.S. S/U or letter grading.

M290M. Health Policy. (Same as Policy Studies M215.) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to contemporary issues in health care financing and delivery, providing historical perspective on emergence of these issues. Examination of major public programs and their relationship to issues of access and cost. S/U or letter grading.

M290N. Public Policy for Children and Youth. (Same as Policy Studies M216.) Lecture, three hours. Policy issues that affect children and adolescents in relation to their interaction with schools and the community, with emphasis on impact of policy across federal, state, and local levels. S/U or letter grading.

M290P. Public Policy for the Elderly and Their Families. (Same as Policy Studies M211.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of theoretical models and concepts of policy process and application to aging policy. Analysis of decision-making processes that affect social policies. Description of historical development of contemporary policy. Exploration of current proposals and issues. S/U or letter grading.

401A-401B-401C. Practicum: Social Work (3 units each). Laboratory, 20 hours. Educationally directed practicum conducted in selected health, welfare, and educational facilities. Provides opportunities for students to test their theoretical knowledge and to acquire a disciplined practice foundation in the profession. In Progress and S/U grading.

402A-402B-402C. Advanced Practicum: Social Work. Laboratory, 24 hours. Requisites: courses 401A-401B-401C. Practicum in social work, arranged for students in keeping with their major field of study. In Progress and S/U grading.

490. Professional Communication for Social Welfare (2 units). Writing workshop on students' papers in progress, with an eye toward scholarly publication. Analysis and group discussion of rhetorical and stylistic principles. May be repeated once. S/U grading.

501. Cooperative Program (2 to 8 units). Prerequisite: consent of UCLA graduate adviser and graduate dean, and host campus instructor, department chair, and graduate dean. Used to record enrollment of UCLA students in courses taken under cooperative arrangements with USC. S/U grading.

596A. Special Study and Research in Social Welfare (2 to 8 units). Individual programming for selected students to permit pursuit of a subject in greater depth. S/U or letter grading.

596B. Special Study and Research for Ph.D. Candidates (2 to 8 units). Prerequisites: doctoral standing and/or consent of instructor. S/U grading.

597A. Preparation for M.S.W. Comprehensive Examination (2 to 8 units). Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

597B. Preparation for Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations (2 to 8 units). Prerequisites: doctoral standing and/or consent of instructor. S/U grading.

599. Ph.D. Dissertation Research in Social Welfare (2 to 8 units). Prerequisites: doctoral standing and/or consent of instructor. S/U grading.


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