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Social Work Graduate Course Descriptions

  • 6301 Social Work Practice I with Individuals and Families (3-0). This foundation course provides a generalist practice overview of social work values, skills, and knowledge from an empowerment and strengths perspective. This course focuses on solution focused, cognitive behavioral and task-centered approaches and provides an introduction to assessment of individuals in family and environmental contexts.
    Prerequisite: Student must have been admitted to the M.S.W. program.

    6303 Social Work Practice II with Communities and Organizations (3-0). This foundation course provides a generalist practice overview of social work values, skills, and knowledge from an empowerment and strengths perspective. This course focuses on macro community practice and involves integration of theory, skills and techniques in order to intervene with groups, organizations, communities and advance social, economic and environmental justice.
    Prerequisite: Student must have been admitted to the M.S.W. program.

    6305 Social Work Practice III with Groups (3-0). This foundation course focuses on developing knowledge, skills and competency in facilitating groups in a variety of practice settings. Students will learn theoretical approaches, each stage of the group process, including group dynamics and the impact of member characteristics.
    Prerequisites: Social Work 6301 and 6303.

    6311 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3-0). This foundation course examines the dynamics of human behavior in society, families and groups, from a wide range of perspectives including biological, psychological, systems and social/environmental. The course also addresses issues of diversity including ethnocentrism, racism, and physical/intellectual ability with an emphasis on strengths, focuses on developmental theories and practical knowledge covering populations from birth to young adulthood.
    Prerequisite: Student must have been admitted to the M.S.W. program.

    6313 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3-0). This foundation course analyzes biopsychosocial developmental theories and practical knowledge of human development from young adulthood to end of life. Course content concentrates on diversity issues impacting individuals, families, groups and society, including race, gender, sexual orientation, class, culture, age and others, and the oppression of minorities and populations at risk.
    Prerequisite: Social Work 6311.

    6321 Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy (3-0). This foundation course examines the historical and current development of the social work profession and U.S. social welfare delivery system. Course content is designed to emphasize the effect of social policies on client systems at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Students will conduct critical analysis of social problems, current policies, and service responses with an emphasis on the mutual relationships among policy, practice and research and the investigation of the impact of social policy upon diverse and vulnerable groups.
    Prerequisite: Student must have been admitted to the M.S.W. program.

    6323 Social Work Policy Practice and Advocacy (3-0). This course introduces foundational knowledge and skills in policy practice, including the policy making process and intervention techniques aimed at impacting and changing social welfare and public policies. Course content includes analysis of contemporary social issues, public policy, social welfare programs, and strategies for empowering diverse groups.
    Prerequisite: Social Work 6301.

    6335 Social Work Research for Practice (3-0). This course covers foundational concepts, principles, and methods of scientific inquiry, focusing on quantitative and qualitative designs and analysis and use of existing research in practice and policy Students will learn to apply qualitative and quantitative research methods to the problems of social work practice and explore cultural and ethical considerations and the role of research in advocating for under-served and special populations.
    Prerequisite: Student must have been admitted to the M.S.W. program.

    6337 Social Work Foundation Field Seminar and Practicum I. The seminar facilitates integration of foundation field practicum and classroom learning through processing and discussion of field issues and situations. Students gain knowledge of and apply models of critical reflective practice, effective use of supervision, and ethical decision making. The course includes a supervised social work field practicum in a community agency or program related to current course work and requires a minimum of 200 clock hours at the agency. Application to field practicum required. Practice experience and demonstration of foundation social work skills in an applied setting.
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into practicum and satisfactory completion of Social Work 6301, 6311, 6321, and 6335.

    6339 Social Work Foundation Field Seminar and Practicum II. The seminar facilitates integration of foundation field practicum and classroom learning through processing and discussion of field issues and situations. Students gain knowledge of and apply models of critical reflective practice, effective use of supervision, and ethical decision making. The course includes a supervised social work field practicum in a community agency or program related to current course work and requires a minimum of 200 clock hours at the agency. Application to field practicum required. Practice experience and demonstration of foundation social work skills in an applied setting.
    Prerequisites: Acceptance into practicum and satisfactory completion of Social Work 6301, 6303, 6311, 6313, 6321, 6323, and 6335.

    6361 Social Work Advanced Practice I: Multidimensional Assessment and Interventions (3-0). This advanced practice course focuses on biopsychosocial perspectives about mental health and disorders across the lifespan. Course content introduces the major diagnostic classification systems with a primary focus on the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Students will utilize multiple assessment tools in order to effectively lead and intervene with clients at every system level. The course content is designed to build assessment skills and the diagnostic process utilizing the DSM with an emphasis on facilitating a holistic multidimensional assessment inclusive of strengths, and an analysis of diagnostic systems in relation to social work values and ethics.
    Prerequisites: Formal admission to the program, completed all M.S.W. foundation curriculum requirements, and be in good standing in the M.S.W. program.

    6363 Advanced Diversity and Multicultural Practice (3-0). This advanced practice course provides an analysis of human diversity in the context of social work practice. Course content addresses related theoretical frameworks and the negative impact of power, privilege, oppression, and stigma upon diverse individuals and groups. Students are expected to develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively with diverse populations and protect human and civil rights, as well as, enhance self-awareness to increase sensitive practice.
    Prerequisites: Formal admission to the program, completed all M.S.W. foundation curriculum requirements, and be in good standing in the M.S.W. program.

    6365 Advanced Social Work Administration and Management (3-0). This advanced practice course provides students with theories and skills needed for administration of direct service staff and management skills across a variety of human service settings with an emphasis on managing competing and limited resources. Course content addresses relevant theories and models of supervision and administration. Key skills are identified which will enable students to effectively manage and create resources, develop and impact organizational policies, and serve as effective administrators and supervisors.
    Prerequisites: Formal admission to the program, completed all M.S.W. foundation curriculum requirements, and be in good standing in the M.S.W. program.

    6367 Advanced Research: Program and Practice Evaluation (3-0). The scientific method in social work research is presented. The methods of empirical research for knowledge building, the role of research in theory construction, research designs and data analysis, and methods of practice and program evaluation are introduced. Students will apply quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis in order to gain knowledge and skills about practice and program accountability and effectiveness. Course content will focus upon evaluation of social work practice and programs including single system design, needs assessments, and process and outcome evaluation. Students will also be exposed to the use of the logic model in program design and evaluation.
    Prerequisites: Formal admission to the program, completed all M.S.W. foundation curriculum requirements, and be in good standing in the M.S.W. program.

    6369 Social Work Advanced Practice II: Interventions (3-0). This advanced practice course builds on prior course work and presents theories and key practice models of evidence informed social work interventions with diverse individuals and families. Course content focuses on engagement at each stage of the intervention process and will provide experiential learning through participation in case simulations, role plays, and other exercises.
    Prerequisite: Social Work 6361.

    6370 Advanced Policy Analysis and Advocacy (3-0). This advanced course builds upon policy practice skills and knowledge and macro community practice techniques. Course content presents frameworks for policy research and analysis. Students will conduct advanced analysis and critique of social welfare policies that affect families and diverse and oppressed populations. Students will develop advocacy and intervention techniques aimed at positively impacting social welfare and public policies. Students will also develop written and verbal persuasion skills.
    Prerequisite: Social Work 6365.

    6373 Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Practicum I. The course facilitates experiential opportunities allowing for the integration of advanced field practicum and classroom learning through processing and discussion of field issues and situations. Course content includes assignments based upon advanced field social work topics, attendance to a weekly field seminar class, supervised social work field practicum in an agency setting, and includes practice in a community agency or program related to current course work. Students are expected to demonstrate advanced social work skills in an applied setting. Students are required to complete a minimum of 250 clock hours in the agency and must receive a grade of “B” or better.
    Prerequisites: Accepted into practicum, completed all M.S.W. foundation curriculum requirements, be in good standing in the M.S.W. program, and satisfactory completion of Social Work 6361, 6363, 6365, and 6385.

    6374 Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Practicum II. The course facilitates experiential opportunities allowing for the integration of advanced field practicum and classroom learning through processing and discussion of field issues and situations. Course content includes assignments based upon advanced field social work topics, attendance to a weekly field seminar class, supervised social work field practicum in an agency setting, and includes practice in a community agency or program related to current course work. Students are expected to demonstrate advanced social work skills in an applied setting. Students are required to complete a minimum of 250 clock hours in the agency and must receive a grade of “B” or better.
    Prerequisites: Accepted into practicum, completed all M.S.W. foundation curriculum requirements, be in good standing in the M.S.W. program, and satisfactory completion of Social Work 6361, 6363, 6365, 6367, 6369, 6370, 6373, and 6385.

    6375 Advanced Integrative Seminar (3-0). The advanced seminar course in which students integrate concepts from across the curriculum and demonstrate cumulative knowledge gained from all areas of the program in one focused assignment, within the context of the student’s chosen concentration. Required of all non-thesis students in their final semester of coursework.
    Prerequisite: Social Work 6373.

    6382 Spirituality and Religion in Social Work Practice (3-0). This course provides a comprehensive framework of values, knowledge, and skills for spiritually sensitive, ethical, and culturally appropriate practice with diverse religious and non-religious clients. It examines spirituality as an integral piece of a strengths-based approach to social work practice with diverse and/or vulnerable clients. Students explore the beliefs, values, and social welfare applications of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Indigenous spiritual perspectives, Islam, Judaism, Existentialism, and Transpersonal and Deep Ecological Theories. Skills for spiritual assessment and spiritually sensitive practices include mindfulness, meditation, ritual and ceremony, forgiveness, spiritually sensitive administration, and engagement with community-based spiritual support systems. This elective course integrates a contemporary global perspective with critical
    self-reflection.

    6383 Advanced Practice with Children and Families (3-0). This course focuses on the characteristics, strengths, and needs of children and their families. Students will develop assessment and intervention skills needed to work effectively with a variety of issues related to children, parents, and family. Course content includes techniques such as child therapy, play therapy, behavioral contracting, cognitive behavioral interventions, and crisis intervention.

    6384 Social Work and Corrections (3-0). A study of the interface of social work and the correctional system including offender rehabilitation. Topics include the roles of correctional personnel, crisis intervention, the assessment and treatment of juveniles and adults, justice involved special populations, casework in correctional settings, and the evaluation of treatment and rehabilitation programs.

    6385 Advanced Practice in Mental Health (3-0). This course focuses on assessment and intervention with those experiencing acute and chronic mental health issues and disabilities. Course content addresses the delivery of services to various populations (children, adolescents, and adults), service delivery systems (community, mental health, managed care), and a wide variety of problems. Additional topics include well-being, ethics, case management, treatment planning, DSM, and substance abuse.

    6386 Social Work and Psychopathology (3-0). An examination and application of the diagnostic criteria and epidemiological data found in the most current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The use of initial and ongoing assessment data to formulate diagnostic hypotheses is of primary concern.

    6387 Social Work and Addictions and Treatment (3-0). This course examines substance and behavioral (process) addiction (e.g., eating, gambling, shopping, internet, and/or sex) disorders in a variety of client populations. Students will investigate aspects that include (but are not limited to) theoretical approaches (including stages of change and the disease concept of addiction), assessment and diagnosis, and the impact of addictions and addictive behaviors on the client and others. Best practices in the counseling and treatment of addictive behavior and co-occurring disorders will be the backdrop against which the above-named aspects will be presented.

    6399 Thesis (3-0). This course is open to students who chose the thesis option. Independent, applied research that addresses a significant issue in social work supervised by a member of the social work graduate faculty. (This course may be repeated once for credit.)
    Prerequisite: Permission of the department.