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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW6126

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-15
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): The title of the course is being changed to: "Health, Illness, and Disability" The credits are being changed from 3 to 2.
Comments: to GC 4/2/12; to USF Syst 4/5/12; to GC 4/16/12; to SCNS 4/16/12; SCNS appd eff 6/1/12

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2748 2012-02-07
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Social Work BC 0-1261-000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Lisa Rapp-Paglicci 8139741809

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SOW 6126 Theoretical Perspectives on Physical Dysfunctioning

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    This course provides content on a broad spectrum of physical illnesses, physical impairments, and disabilities. The biopsychosocial nature of health, illness and disability is explored.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for accreditation

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    All MSW students are required to take this course.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    No other qualifications are required.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course will provide an understanding of disease entities, disease processes, and individual and family coping and adaptive styles. The course will also help students develop an understanding of the importance of multicultural influences on illness,disorders, and disabilities.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    After the completion of this course the student will:

    1. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of multiple theoretical perspectives and differentially apply them to client situations.

    Measurement: classroom and blackboard discussion, group project, paper

    2. Use knowledge of the effects of oppression, discrimination, and historical trauma on client and client systems to guide treatment planning and intervention. Measurement: classroom and blackboard discussion, group project, paper

    3. Synthesize and differentially apply theories of human behavior and social

    environment to guide clinical practice.

    Measurement: classroom and blackboard discussion, group project,


    4. Consult with medical professionals as needed, to confirm diagnosis and/or to monitor medication in the treatment process.

    Measurement: classroom and blackboard discussion, group project, paper

    5 Communicate professional judgments to other social workers and to professionals

    from other disciplines, in both verbal and written formats

    Measurement: classroom and blackboard discussion, group project, paper

    6 Advocate at multiple levels for mental health parity and reduction of health disparities for diverse populations.

    Measurement: group project

    C. Major Topics

    Biopsychosocial perspectives on illness, disease, and disabilities

    Health disparities

    Working with health professionals

    D. Textbooks

    Dell Orto, A.E. & Power, P.W. Eds. (2007). The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (5th ed.). New York: Springer Publishing.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    No other purchases are required.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    See grading rubrics:

    Group project 30 points

    On-Line posting 20 points

    Emerging models paper 50 points

    100 points

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests


    A. Group Project - 30 points. Report must be submitted to instructor via safeassign.

    Students will work in groups of 3 or 4. Each group will prepare a comprehensive report (minimum of five pages) that addresses its findings regarding healthcare disparities for priority populations. Groups will be assigned at the first class meeting.

    See Appendix A for requirements, instructions and grading rubric.

    B. On-line Posting -20 points.

    Group reports will be posted on Blackboard. Each student will review the group reports posted on Blackboard and provide thoughtful, reflective on-line responses to at least one project (other than student’s own project).

    See Appendix B for requirements, instructions and grading rubric.

    C. Paper on "Emerging Models of Illness and Disability: Implications for Social Work Practice"- 50 points

    Traditional models of understanding illness and disability such as the medical model were built on frameworks that focused on the individual, primarily pathology or deficit- based. Emerging frameworks (for example, environmental or functional) embrace interactional perspectives that include dimensions such as family, society/culture and environment while others derive from the social perspective.

    The purpose of this paper is to consider how the theoretical perspectives and practice models that inform social work practice can be viewed from the perspectives of emerging models of understanding illness and disability.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Students are expected to be on time and prepared to participate when class begins as well as be present throughout the entire class meeting. Classroom exercises, discussions, guest speakers and other in-class experiential exercises are essential for a student’s professional learning and continued development of self-awareness. This form of learning cannot be “made up” once missed. Accordingly, attendance is required at all class meetings. Excused absences are limited to the following instances: documented illness, deaths in the immediate family, and other documented crises, military duty, jury duty, religious holidays (consistent with University policy, 10-045), court-imposed legal obligations other than jury duty, and special requirements of other courses (must be documented by the faculty member of record). A student is considered absent if he/she arrives more than 30 minutes late to class, leaves 30 minutes or more early, or does not come to class. Students are allowed to miss two classes (for classes that meet twice weekly; or one class for classes that meet only once per week) without penalty. After that 5% off of the total grade may be deducted for each missed class, at the faculty member’s discretion.

    Students who experience an unforeseen circumstance such as a serious medical problem which interferes with their attendance or course assignments should notify the instructor immediately. Students and instructors should familiarize themselves with the USF Incomplete policy.

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is also unacceptable. The University of South Florida has very specific policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty or disruption of academic process. In the School of Social Work

    Procedures for Alleged Academic Dishonesty or Disruption:

    Student Academic Grievance Procedures

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information

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