MSW Courses


CURRICULUM FOR MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK

Full-time Study:

Students enrolled full time in the M.S.W. program shall complete the following courses in the semester indicated.  Students who meet all requirements can expect to complete the degree in two years.                                 

Fall - 1st Year

 

COURSE TITLES                                                                                                  SEMESTER HOURS

SW 7100               Foundations of Community Partnerships                                             3

SW 7200               Human Development Through the Life Course                                    3

SW 7400               Social Work Practice I                                                                          3

SW 7500               Foundation Field Education I                                                               5

SW 7501               Diversity & Social Justice I                                                                   1

 

 

Spring - 1st Year

 

SW 7300               Methods of Community Research                                                         3

SW 7600               Social Welfare Policy                                                                             3

SW 7800               Social Work Practice II                                                                          3

SW 7900               Foundation Field Education II                                                               6

Fall - 2nd Year: Community Partnerships Concentration

SW 8100               Skills & Techniques of Community Partnerships I                                  3

SW 8300               Leadership & Management                                                                   3

SW or Approved Elective                                                                                                    3

SW 8500               Community Field Education I                                                                 5

SW 8501               Diversity & Social Justice II                                                                    1

 

Spring - 2nd Year

SW 8800               Community Project                                                                                3

SW 8200               Skills and Techniques of Community Partnerships II                             3

SW or Approved Elective                                                                                                    3

SW 8900               Community Field Education II                                                                6

               

 

 

Advanced Standing/Transfer:

Students enrolled in the advanced standing program or students who have transferred after successfully completing one year from an accredited M.S.W. program shall complete the following courses in the semester indicated.  Students who meet all requirements can expect to complete the program in 3 semesters.

 

Summer - 1st Semester: Bridge Courses

 

SW 7100               Foundations of Community Partnerships                                              3

SW 7700               Community Foundation Integrative Seminar                                        2

SW                         Social Work Elective                                                                            3

SW 7501               Diversity & Social Justice I                                                                    1

 

Fall - 2nd Semester: Community Partnerships Concentration

 

SW 8100               Skills & Techniques of Community Partnerships                                   3

SW 8300               Leadership & Management                                                                  3

SW or Approved Elective*                                                                                                 3

SW 8500               Community Field Education I                                                                6

 

Spring - 3rd Semester

 

SW 8800               Community Project                                                                               3

SW 8200               Skills & Techniques of Community Partnerships II                                3

SW or Approved Elective*                                                                                                 3

SW 8900               Community Field Education II                                                               6

 

*Fall or Spring Semester

 

Part-time Study:

The part-time program is designed for those students who cannot attend the University on a full-time basis for the entire program.  Admissions into the part time program is granted every other calendar year.  Students who meet all requirements can expect to complete the degree in three calendar years. In order to complete the program in three years, courses must be taken in the semester indicated. 

 

 

1st Year: Professional Foundation

Fall

SW 7100               Foundations of Community Partnerships                                             3

SW 7200               Human Development Through the Life Course                                    3

SW 7400               Social Work Practice I                                                                          3

 

Spring

SW 7600               Social Welfare Policy                                                                            3

SW 7300               Methods of Community Research                                                        3                             

SW 7800               Social Work Practice II                                                                         3

 

2nd Year: Professional Foundation/Advanced Practice Concentration

Fall

SW 7500               Foundation Field Education I                                                               5

SW                         Elective                                                                                               3

SW 7501               Diversity & Social Justice I                                                                   1

 

Spring

SW 7900               Foundation Field Education II                                                              6

SW                         Elective                                                                                               3

 

Summer - (Advanced Practice Concentration)

SW 8300               Leadership & Management                                                                 3

SW 8100               Skills & Techniques of Community Partnerships I                                3

 

3rd Year: Advanced Practice Concentration

Fall

SW 8200               Skills and Techniques of Community Partnerships II                           3

SW 8501               Diversity & Social Justice II                                                                  1

SW 8500               Community Field Education I                                                               5

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Spring

SW 8800               Community Project                                                                             3

SW 8900               Community Field Education II                                                             6

 

MSW Social Work Electives

 

Students must complete 6 credits of electives.  One of these electives must be a social work elective (unless pursuing a certificate program outside the School of Social Work with approval by the faculty advisor).  An additional elective may be taken in social work or another discipline.  It is strongly recommended that the electives support the community partnerships concentration. 

Graduate-level social work electives include the following courses:

 

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    • SW 8450 Child Maltreatment Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8460 Aging Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8470 Substance Abuse Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8490 Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8310 Group Facilitation
    • SW 8320 Grantwriting
    • SW 8330 Health Challenges
    • SW 8340 Social Work and the Law
    • SW 8350 Economics of Poverty and Public Policy
    • SW 8360 Forensic Social Work
    • SW 8370 Psychopathology
    • SW 8440 Global Social Work Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8450 Child Maltreatment Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8460 Aging Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8470 Substance Abuse Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8480 Disabilities Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 8490 Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research
    • SW 7950 Selected Topics
    • SW 7990 Directed Individual Study

 

MSW Courses & Descriptions

SW 7100               Foundations of Community Partnerships

This integrative course will introduce students to community partnerships from social systems and ecological perspectives. Macro content from human behavior and social environment, policy, and practice content, undergirds the community partnership framework. Provided is an overview of community practice, through an examination of theories, history, applications, and domains. Students will develop an understanding of the mission of social work and issues of economic and social justice in the context of community and will participate in community building through an experiential component. (3 credits)

 

SW 7200               Human Development Through the Life Course

This course presents knowledge on developmental issues occurring throughout the life span. The focus is on gaining knowledge on individuals, families, small groups and interpersonal relationships in a multi-cultural context. Students will develop a critical understanding of current theories of well being, stress, coping, and adaption, as well as macro issues such as oppression, privilege, and discrimination. The inter-relationships between small and large social systems will be explored, as well as the influence of bio-psycho-social factors on individual and family well being. The implications of this knowledge for all social work practice in the community will be considered. (3 credits)

 

SW 7300               Methods of Community Research

This course is designed to provide an overview of basic principles of social science research that provide the foundation for research in social work settings. Research processes will be examined in stages from problem formulation to data collection and some basic descriptive analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be reviewed. This course will stress the importance of the relationship between research and social work practice, and prepare students to evaluate existing social science research. Ethical issues, human diversity, and issues in community research will be discussed. (3 credits) 

 

SW 7400               Social Work Practice I

SW 7400 and SW 7800 are designed as a continuum. SW 7400 is designed to introduce students to the purpose, values and ethics of the profession and to provide foundation knowledge and skill development for generalist social work practice from a strengths perspective. Students will develop skills in critical thinking, building relationships, interviewing clients, assessing situations, planning and implementing change and evaluating outcomes across all levels of practice. Various theoretical frameworks used to describe and analyze interactions among and between individuals, families, groups and communities will be presented. (3 credits)

 

SW 7500               Field Education I

SW 7500 and SW 7900 are designed as a continuum. This course provides a field experience that enables the social work student to integrate social work foundation knowledge, values, and skills with agency based social work practice. This experience incorporates an agency based field practicum and field integrative seminars. (5 credits)

 

SW 7501               Diversity and Social Justice I

This course is the first in a two-course sequence to provide an introduction to understanding diversity in the context of social justice in the United States and in social work practice. The course focuses on understanding and applying multicultural concepts to practice, developing awareness of one's cultural identity, and exploring how diversity and justice issues impact generalist practice in the context of field education. (1 credit)

 

SW 7600               Social Welfare Policy

This course focuses on the historical development and implementation of contemporary social welfare policies and programs in the United States. Critical analysis of the policy making process is emphasized. The influence of social values on the policy development process is highlighted relative to the differential allocation of material and social resources. Specific attention is given to understanding roles performed by social workers as community practitioners to affect change, and acknowledging the interplay among legislative, judicial and administrative levels of government. Although the primary focus is on federal/state government policies; presentations will incorporate policy development at the local as well as organizational/agency levels when appropriate. The current provisions and service delivery systems emanating from social welfare policies are examined, with special attention given to society's most vulnerable population defined by status, age, health or economic circumstances. (3 credits)

 

SW 7700               Community Foundation Integrative Seminar

This seminar course explores the professional identity shift from that of a generalist social worker to one as a community partnerships practitioner. Students will critically analyze contexts and trends that shape community partnerships practice. This is a required course of all advanced standing students prior to entry to the second year of the MSW program [Summer Bridge course for advanced standing students]. (3 credits)

 

SW 7800               Social Work Practice II

SW 7400 and SW 7800 are designed as a continuum. Building on generalist practice content, this course will focus on the change process and the sustainability of change efforts that target individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. This course moves students from learning about generalist social work practice to applying it across micro, mezzo and macro levels. (3 credits)

 

SW 7900               Field Education II

This course is a continuation of SW 7500. (6 credits)

 

SW 8100               Skills and Techniques of Community Partnerships I

This is the first of two courses that focus on core skills, techniques for community partnership practice. Through the course students will develop skills in creating and sustaining community partnerships necessary for addressing social, economic and political issues facing communities today. Students will examine community practitioner roles and skills and apply these to contemporary community practice conceptual frameworks and models. The application of skills necessary for building organizational and community capacity and the development of authentic community partnerships will be emphasized. (3 credits)

 

SW 8200               Skills and Techniques of Community Partnerships II

This is the second of two courses that focus on core skills, strategies and techniques for community partnership practice. This course addresses the vital role of evaluation and technology in the modern social work environment. The course develops students’ skills in the formative and summative evaluation of community service delivery systems. With strong emphasis on the integration of evolving technologies for the human services, including on-line and data analysis tools, students will address methods for assessing and improving the quality of programs, policies, and community partnerships. (3 credits)

 

SW 8300               Leadership and Management

This course offers students a general introduction to the theory and practice of leadership management from a social perspective within public, for-profit and non-profit organizations. Theories of management (human resource, policy, functional and strategic management) organizational structures, roles and skills for mezzo and macro practice within an agency or organization are examined. The unique perspective that social workers bring to this discipline in resolution of community and agency decision making are central elements in this course. The ways in which the social work manager as leader can facilitate community partnerships will also be examined. (3 credits)

 

SW 8500               Community Field Education I

SW 8500 and SW 8900 are designed as a continuum. This course provides a field education experience that enables the social work student to apply the knowledge, values, and skills of creating community partnerships. This experience incorporates a community-based field education practicum and field integrative seminars. (5 credits)

 

SW 8501               Diversity and Social Justice II

This course is the second of in a two-course sequence to provide an analysis of diversity in the context of community and social justice in the United States in social work practice. The course focuses on understanding cultural and institutional forms of oppression and privilege, their inter-relatedness from a community perspective, and how they impact community partnerships in the context of field education. (1 credit)

 

SW 8800               Community Project

This course is designed to have students synthesize, integrate and apply content from the foundation and concentration through the creation of a community project. In coordination with one or more agencies and working in small groups, students will develop, implement, and evaluate a community project. (3 credits)

 

SW 8900               Community Field Education II

This course is a continuation of SW 8500. (6 credits)

 

Master of Social Work Electives

 

SW 8330               Contemporary Health Challenges

This course is designed to introduce students to chronic short and long term health concerns in our society. The course will address such illnesses as AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, Alzheimer’s, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and other health issues. The focus of the course will be upon treatment, identification and transmittal, with an examination of the impact of governmental regulations on drugs, the perception of patients, family members, and health care professionals. (3 credits)

SW 8340               Social Work and the Law

An introduction to the law as it applies to social services and social work practice. Using case studies, students will examine problems that the poor, the disadvantaged, and all clients face in confronting the justice system. Attention is given to worker liability and those skills essential for testifying in court and advocating for client’s legal rights. (3 credits)

 

SW 8350               Economics of Poverty and Public Policy

Application of economic concepts to the study of poverty in the U.S. Topics include poverty and inequality, economics of the family, racial/gender implications, neighborhood effects, history of welfare structure and programs, and current issues in public policy related to poverty. (3 credits)

 

SW 8360               Forensic Social Work

The course will introduce students to social work issues that are encountered by social workers, attorneys, and other specialists in a forensic setting. The course will include a critical analysis and study of particular social issues and the impact of those issues on the purposes and the effectiveness of organizations and individuals who work within the legal system. The course will address social work skills and ethical issues in a forensic setting. (3 credits)

 

SW 8440               Global Social Work Practice, Policy, and Research

This course will offer students an introduction to social work issues from an international perspective. Using literature from around the world that focuses on global social issues, the course will address concepts of power, class, gender, race, sexuality, religion, violence, poverty, immigration, and social exclusion. Students will be required to evaluate critically what the international perspective might teach us about social work theory, practice, policy and research in the US.

 

SW 8450               Child Maltreatment Practice, Policy and Research

Child abuse and neglect are viewed within a historical and contemporary context with particular emphasis on the medical, legal, social, and cultural aspects of abused and neglected individuals. The meaning of abusive behavior particularly is examined in relation to family systems. (3 credits)

 

SW 8460               Aging Practice, Policy, and Research

This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge and beginning skills appropriate for social work practice with older persons. Emphasizes biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of the aging process with special attention to the cultural, social, political, and economic factors affecting delivery of social services to the aging. (3 credits)

 

SW 8470               Substance Abuse Practice, Policy, and Research

This course will provide students with an overview of the various classes of psychotropic drugs. Students will learn the physiological mechanisms of action of each of the major classes of drugs. They will learn how each drug affects mood and behavior, how each drug affects major organ systems in the body, and how genetic and social factors may predispose an individual to drug use. (3 credits)

SW 8480               Disabilities Practice, Policy, and Research

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the impact of both physical and developmental disabilities on individuals and families. Focus is on responses to those disabilities diagnosed at birth or acquired through illness or injury. Emphasis is placed on utilizing appropriate social work interventions, while recognizing such variables as age, socioeconomic status, family constellation, cultural issues, and pre-morbid conditions. Understanding disabilities from a human rights perspective and the impact of oppression on people with disabilities will be explored. A historical perspective on how disability has been perceived and addressed by societal institutions will be presented. (3 credits)

 

SW 8490               Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research

This course is an introduction to the range of child welfare services including foster care, adoptions, permanency planning, and family preservation. Students will learn the effects that youth violence, substance abuse, HIV, and homelessness have on service. (3 credits)

SW 7950               Selected Topics in Social Work

This course will offer knowledge and skills on variable topics that impact social work practice. May be repeated up to six hours if topic varies. (3 credits)

SW 7990               Directed Individual Study

This course allows the student to extend his/her knowledge in a particular area through an independent study. A social work faculty member must agree to supervise this study, and it must be approved by the department chair. (1-6 credits)

SW 8310               Group Facilitation

This course is an introduction to social work with groups. The course will focus on skills in social work practice, uses and types of groups, and group composition. Students will become familiar with the scope and limitations of group uses. The use of groups for direct service purpose – enhancement of social functioning, achievement of unreached levels of social functioning, or correction of dysfunctional interpersonal or social relationships will be analyzed. (3 credits)

SW 7960               Seminar on Community Partnerships

An exploration of current challenges, issues, research skill or areas of special interest related to the social work practice of community partnerships. (3 credits)

SW 8320               Grantwriting

This course offers applied grantwriting techniques within the governmental, corporate, and private sectors of grantmaking. Students will learn how to successfully compete for funding to support academic research and community-based service projects. (3 credits)

SW 8370               Psychopathology

The purpose is to acquaint students with the major types of psychopathology. Students should recognize those descriptions that are the defining features of each of the major pathologies. Theories as to the etiology considering both biochemical and social explanations will be reviewed. Contrasting perspectives of the ways in which a society can label and address deviant behavior will be presented. (3 credits)