This course, based on an ecological systems perspective, follows human development from infancy to adolescence in the context of family and larger environments. The course includes research-based knowledge about physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development. This course emphasizes both knowledge and application of human development theories to social work assessment and practice.

SWK 6725 Child Welfare Services is an MSW elective course and is also a required course for the child welfare track. Aurora University has a University Partnership Agreement with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. This course will provide students with portions of the DCFS Foundation Curriculum for Permanency and Placement Child Welfare Professionals and the 9 DCFS Fundamental training units. Through this curriculum students will obtain an overview of child welfare policy and practice. Historical, theoretical, political and practice perspectives will be analyzed and discussed with an emphasis placed on the role and function of the child welfare professional. The course will provide a conceptual framework of child welfare as a profession within the field of social work. Students will learn critical analysis related to decision making; how to assess, intervene and treat non-voluntary, vulnerable and oppressed populations. Theory, principles, issues and trends in social work with children and youth will be explored. This course builds upon the social work foundation core coursework in social welfare policy and human development.

The course examines social work practice from a macro perspective, introducing community direct practice skills.

The course examines social work practice from a macro perspective, introducing community direct practice skills.