Course Description

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Foundation Year: Year One

MSW 500 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3) Fall
HBSE I, the first of two companion courses, focuses on individual and family life span development. Cast in the context of an ecosystems framework, theoretical perspectives examine individual and family development in the context of social, political, historical and cultural variables. Individual and family behavior is examined for its unique expressions of strength and abilities in the course of achieving psycho-social, cognitive, moral and spiritual developmental tasks.

MSW 501 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3) Spring
HBSE II, the second of the two companion courses, examines the interrelationships among social institutions, social structure and social processes, on the one hand, and the realities of the lives of individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations and societies, on the other.

MSW 510 Social Welfare Policy I (3) Fall
Philosophical and historical foundations of the profession of social work and the domain of social welfare. Includes review of major federally sponsored social policies and programs in the United States and the relationship between social problems and programmatic professional responses.

MSW 511 Social Welfare Policy II (3) Spring
Analysis of social welfare policies and program operations, including the linkages of social, economic, cultural, political, administrative and legal dimensions. Comparisons of various policy analysis frameworks; the legislative process and involvement of social workers therein.

MSW 520 Generalist Social Work Practice I (3) Fall
Focus in this course is on theories, principles and models underlying generic social work practice with primary emphasis on working with individuals and families. Emphasis is placed on effective and equitable multicultural and contextual service delivery and interventions with poor, vulnerable and oppressed populations.

MSW 521 Generalist Social Work Practice II (3) Spring
In this course, the focus is on theories, models and principles for generic social work practice with groups, communities and organizations. Emphasis is placed on effective and equitable multicultural and contextual service delivery and interventions with poor, vulnerable and oppressed populations.

MSW 523 Social Justice in Social Work Practice (3) Spring
Examines the impact of diversity in social work practice. Included will be an analysis of the life experiences of diverse ethnic populations.

MSW 530 Social Welfare Research (3) Fall
Introduction to research methods, including conceptualization of research problems, literature review, research design, sampling, measurement, techniques of data collection and analysis, and the strategies of evaluating service delivery in all areas of practice.

MSW 540 Fieldwork Practicum I (3) Fall
Supervised agency experience designed to develop generalist practice skills in working with individuals, families, groups and communities with emphasis on cross cultural practice. Two hours weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement.

MSW 541 Fieldwork Practicum II (3) Spring
Supervised agency experience designed to apply the knowledge, skills and values learned in SW 520 and SW 521 and activities of SW 540. Two hours weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement.

Concentration Year: Year Two

MSW 550 Generalist Social Work Practice III: Children, Youth and Families (3) Fall
Provides in-depth overview of current advanced theoretical models and frameworks and a variety of practice skills designed to work effectively with children, youth and families.

MSW 551 Generalist Social Work Practice III: Community Health/Mental Health (3) Fall
Provides in depth overview of current advanced theoretical models and frameworks and a variety of practice skills designed to work effectively with public and non-profit agencies delivering community health and mental health services.

MSW 553 Multicultural Perspectives of Practice (3) Fall
Theory and practice with diverse population utilizing a multi-dimensional cross-cultural framework and case materials to analyze treatment issues and empowerment strategies.

MSW 555 Generalist Social Work Practice IV: Administration (3) Spring
Provides an introduction and overview of methodologies for supervision, consultation, management, administration and planning within social service settings.

MSW 560 Social Welfare Policy III: Children, Youth and Families (3) Spring
Advanced understanding of key issues, concepts, and skills associated with policy analysis and development of policy alternatives and political action within human service systems focused on children, youth and families.

MSW 561 Social Welfare Policy III: Community Health/Mental Health (3) Spring
Advanced understanding of key issues, concepts, and skills associated with policy analysis and development of policy alternatives and political action within human service systems focused on public and non-profit agencies delivering health and mental health services.

MSW 570 Fieldwork Practicum III (3) Fall
Continued supervised agency experience at an advanced level in both direct and administrative program development areas within the student’s area of concentration with an emphasis on cross-cultural practice. One hour weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement

MSW 571 Fieldwork Practicum IV (3) Spring
Continued supervised agency experience at an advanced level in both direct and administrative program development areas within the student’s area of concentration with an emphasis on cross-cultural practice. One hour weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement

MSW 580 Seminar in Child Welfare Issues (3) Fall
Critical analysis of child maltreatment and neglect, focusing upon recent research and treatment innovations.

MSW 581 Seminar in a Health Care Issues (3) Spring
This course focuses on the collaboration, assessment, implementation and evaluation of various strategies utilized to build capacity within communities. Students will apply the tenets of Asset and Social development to support/aid in the development of a community/organization and its objectives.

MSW 582 Seminar in Mental Health Issues (3) Spring
Social work processes from intake to termination; emphasis on clinical skills required for social work practice in a broad spectrum of mental health settings.

MSW 598 Directed Research (3) Fall
Extensive research on a subject related to the student’s area of concentration under the guidance of a faculty member. This course is designed to prepare students for the Directed Project.

MSW 599 Directed Project or Thesis (3) Spring
The student will complete a scholarly project or thesis under the supervision of an assigned faculty. This course may not be taken if the student has failed the Comprehensive Examination.

MSW 595 Special Topic (3)
A course periodically offered by the department on a special topic of interest related to social work. This course is taken for elective credit or as otherwise granted by the MSW program director.

MSW 600 Project Continuation Course (0)
Students who have completed their course work but not their comprehensive exam, directed project or thesis may maintain continuous enrollment by registering for this course with permission of the program coordinator.

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