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Social Work Undergraduate Level Electives Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 26, 2017 in Academics

The School of Social Work is offering several fall Social Work undergraduate-level electives, open to all majors and non-degree students. Register as normal, but if you have questions about the course please email them at swinfo@buffalo.edu.

***For questions about whether this course will count towards your university requirements, please speak to your advisor.***

SW 101 The Social Context and Human Biology (online)
Registration #12206 or #12221
Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017
Instructor: Elaine Hammond
Online Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Online Quizzes, Mid-term and Final Paper

Watch a video of the course overview by instructor Elaine Hammond.

 

Course Description:

This undergraduate course will provide a foundational understanding of human biology with emphasis on the biological bases of behaviors and issues of concern to social workers. This course is designed to meet the human biology prerequisites for Masters in Social Work students, and will cover the basics of human biology including anatomical systems and structures, development from conception through aging and death, genetics, evolution, and biological and environmental interactions. The focus of the course is not only on biology but also on the critical analysis of the interplay between human biology and social issues. Discussions will cover the biological bases of phenomena including but not limited to addictions, mental illness, sexuality, and aggression. Emphasis throughout the course also will be placed on biological processes related to trauma and stress.

 

SW 401A Special Topics, Community Leadership

Registration #23710

Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017

Location: 351 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus

 

Course Description:

This course focuses on development of leadership skills and strategies that foster community engagement and strengthen the natural leadership of residents within communities. Students will examine theories of leadership and the ways in which they influence organizational structures that promote community well-being. Central to this course is the acquisition of strategies that can be used to enhance the development of skills as well as the exercise of leadership by community residents. Likewise, they will explore the mechanisms that support opportunities for collaboration across social, political, legal, and financial systems and the communication patterns that influence success.

 

SW 401B Social Media and Social Change
Registration #23711

Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017

Location: 248 Cooke Hall, North Campus

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Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with social media and social networking as they influence community change. Specifically, students will be introduced to the fundamental terms and concepts of social media and networking, including various interfaces, tools, and platforms that may be leveraged to promote community change and development. Students will also explore existing scholarship and best practices, as well as issues of social justice, trauma and adversity, social disadvantage, and human rights as they apply to the democratization of technology. Students will examine the challenges, opportunities, and future applications of social media and networking related to community change.

 

SW 401C Crossing Borders: Human Rights Issues from U.S. and Mexican Perspectives (online)
Registration #24250

Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017

Instructor: Filomena Critelli

 

Course Description:

This interdisciplinary course examines human rights in the U.S and Mexico, focusing on issues that cut across our nations and cultures including but not limited to the rights of children; gender; the rights of persons with disabilities; as well as labor and economic justice and migration and immigrant rights. Case law, case studies and international human rights conventions will be analyzed through the lens of law and social work. The course includes several globally networked sessions where law and social work students and faculty from Buffalo and Mexico meet in real time for exchanges and joint learning opportunities.