Fall 2021 Hybrid and Online Electives

Our online courses come in a variety of offerings. Some of these courses are offered completely online while others are offered in a hybrid format, where students are required to come to campus for several class meetings.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs for NY LMSWs and LCSWs are available for select MSW elective courses. Upon completion of your course, you may use the Application to Request New York LMSW & LCSW Continuing Education Hours for MSW Elective Courses to request your certificate.

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SW 101 The Social Context and Human Biology (Undergraduate Online)

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.

Course Dates: August 30, 2021 - December 10, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11639 or 11651
Instructor: Elaine Hammond
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Online Quizzes, Mid-term and Final Paper
Textbook: Text is open source, with no charge for download. It is found at openstax.org. Fowler, S., Roush, R. & Wise, J. (2017). Concepts of Biology.​ Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Course Introduction - In this video Elaine Hammond provides a summary of what the course covers.

SW 220 Introduction to Community Organizing and Development (Undergraduate Hybrid)

This course provides a general introduction to the history, organizations, strategies, and practice issues related to community organizing and development. Specifically, this course examines different types of community organizing and development approaches including, but not limited to workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts and culture. Current trends and strategies for organizing residents and collaborating with community-based organizations on development initiatives are explored. This course also introduces empowerment, strengths-based, human rights, and trauma-informed perspectives as frameworks for developing, exploring, and analyzing community organizing and development efforts in urban and rural settings.

Course Dates: August 30, 2021 - December 10, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 19398
Instructor: Michael Lynch
Format: Blackboard CMS, In-person and Online Lectures

SW 225 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Advocacy (Undergraduate Hybrid)

This course provides the foundational knowledge to understand and recognize child maltreatment in diverse settings. The course covers the historical and comparative perspectives, including a trauma-informed and human rights perspective, on child maltreatment, with an emphasis on improving outcomes for children and families. This course is designed for, but not limited to, students who are interested in public health, social work, human services, nursing and other health professions, sociology, psychology, law, and education.

Course Dates: August 30, 2021 - December 10, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 19382
Instructor: Patricia Logan-Greene
Format: Blackboard CMS, In-Person and Online Lectures

SW 309 Developing Leadership in Communities (Undergraduate Hybrid)

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.

Course Dates: August 30, 2021 - December 10, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 24538
Instructor: Joseph Bieron
Format: Blackboard CMS, In-Person and Online Lectures

SW 557 Evidence Based Mental Health Practice (Online)

This course is aimed at developing the knowledge and skills necessary for working with individuals who have a diagnosis of serious mental illness using recovery-oriented evidence-based practices. It is designed for MSW students and MSW mental health practitioners. Students will become familiar with evidence-based practice, within a recovery-oriented paradigm, as a general approach to practice as well as specific evidence-based interventions to use for individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness. It is assumed that students will have a basic knowledge on serious mental illness as a pre or co-requisite, however a review will be provided. Students will learn to examine research literature to determine the various levels of support for specific interventions and essential principles for translating research into practice. In addition, they will identify the appropriate treatment outcomes that reflect effective, quality, mental health practice. Each evidence-based practice presented will also be examined for its utility with diverse groups. Providing assessment and treatment to a diverse group of individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness is the focus of this course and will be discussed in detail.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: August 30, 2021 - December 10, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 18160
Instructor: Catherine Dulmus
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board and Chat Assignments, Literature Review, Virtual Poster Presentation

SW 580 Psychopathology (Online)

This course provides a general introduction to the fields of abnormal psychology and clinical psychiatry. Specifically, this course will acquaint students with the epidemiology, classification, and etiology, of the major forms of mental illness. It is the primary aim of this course to develop the student’s diagnostic skills in clinical settings. To that end, didactic emphasis will be placed not only on the study of psychopathological symptoms and behaviors, per se, but also on their manifestations in everyday life. Specific attention is paid to the ethical and social work value-related problems associated with diagnosing and labeling clients with a psychiatric disorder, and issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities or illness, age and national origin as they influence the manifestations of behaviors that may be diagnosed as mental illness or affect the presentation of mental illness. Case studies and videos will be used to ensure that students have an effective working knowledge of: (a) the biological and psychosocial bases of the major mental disorders; (b) the behavioral symptomatology that characterizes them; and (c) their classification according to the American Psychiatric Association system of classification of mental illness and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD). This course also addresses the role of social workers as advocates for people with mental disorders and as environmental change agents.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: August 30, 2021 - December 10, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 11610
Instructor: Robert Keefe
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board Interaction, Online Exams

SW 598 Behavior Disorders of Childhood (Online)

This course provides a general introduction to behavior problems of childhood. A particular emphasis will be placed on differentiating among the many associated labels (i.e. behavioral disturbances, behavior problems, mental illness, developmental disorders, maladaptive behavior, and dysfunctional behavior) with this category of disorders. The course will review classification and etiology of major mental health disorders within the context of normal and abnormal mental and emotional development of children. Children’s behavior disorders will be examined in the contexts of family, peer group, school, and community. The ethical considerations associated with this topic as well as the impact of culture on children and their families will be highlighted. Strategies employed to treat children and their families will also be addressed.

This course is approved for CEU's.

Course Dates: August 30, 2021 - December 10, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 16431
Instructor: Elizabeth Caprio
Format: Blackboard CMS, discussion board interaction, online exams, video lectures, video clips, blogs, and module activities

SW 725 Reproductive Justice (Online)

This course employs the reproductive justice framework, which is a framework developed by women of color infusing social justice and reproductive rights, to examine the history, cultural and societal attitudes, and associated politics of reproduction and reproductive health in the United States from a social work perspective. We will analyze the impact of social policy and the activities of various political stakeholders on reproductive health and rights. The course will also explore how various forces of oppression intersect to impact reproductive health and reproductive rights in the United States. *Course with a racial justice focus.*

Course Dates: August 30, 2021 - December 10, 2021
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 19737
Instructor: Gretchen Ely
Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Discussion Board Interaction, Video Presentations