MSW Course Descriptions

MSW Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

SW 530. Social Policy & Services [3]. Examines economic, historical, political, sociocultural aspects of social policy; values and ideologies that shape social welfare programs and services; policy formation, advocacy, and analysis. [Prereq: MSW Program admission.]

SW 540. Generalist Social Work Practice [3]. Applies knowledge and skills for generalist practice guided by the values of social justice and empowerment. Includes skill building lab. [Prereq: MSW Program admission.]

SW 541. GSWP: Native American & Rural [3]. Within the historical context of colonization, the spirit and culture of Native American and rural communities are explored. Knowledge, values, and skills to work with and within these contexts are examined. [Prereq: MSW Program admission.]

SW 543. GSWP II: Macro Practice [3]. Social work theory and methods relevant for macro-level practice are considered. Skills for engagement, assessment, planning, and evaluation with client systems, including rural and Native American communities, are explored. [Prereq: MSW Program admission.]

SW 550. Human Development, Diversity & Relations [3]. Theories in human relations/ development, indigenous and other cultural ways of knowing are examined in the context of shifting paradigms and meaning for daily life experiences. [Prereq: MSW Program admission.]

SW 555. Foundation Internship [3]. Foundation community internship, demonstrating students' knowledge, values, and skills in developing partnerships to benefit people and environmental conditions. Concurrent model. 480 total internship hours.. [Prereq: completion of “Foundation Year” courses (C), CR/NC, Rep once.]

S W 559. Child Welfare Training Seminar (1.5). A required component of the title IVE stipend pro­gram. Focus is on foundational competencies for practice in child welfare. [Prereq: MSW program admission & stipend recipient. CR/NC. Rep once for credit.]

SW 570. Dynamics of Groups, Agencies, Or­ganizations (3). Theories of development, and dynamics of larger social systems are examined. Emphasizes diversity, indigenous cultures, social justice and the role of the social worker. [Prereq: MSW program admission.]

SW 580. Special Topics (1 - 3). Department course schedule has topics. [Prereq: MSW pro­gram admission. Passing grade of B - . Rep.]

SW 581. SW Research for Advanced Standing [3]. This course is a summer bridge research course designed to help advanced standing MSW students understand and appreciate research as an analytic and interpretive approach to developing a knowledge base for social work practice. Students are expected to carry out an IRB, previously pre-approved research project. Students develop skills to conduct research, gather data, analyze data, present findings, and write research reports. Students will continue to develop research evaluation skills. [Prereq: admission into the Advanced Standing MSW Program. Rep twice.]

SW 582. Methods of Social Work Research (3). Explores the philosophical, ethical, theoretical and political aspects and methodologies of research, including implications for practice and policy, particularly on rural, indigenous and impoverished communities. [Prereq: MSW program admission.]

SW 583. Research II: Data Analysis & Evaluation [3]. This course is the second of two research courses designed to help students understand and appreciate research as an analytic and interpretive approach to developing a knowledge base for social work practice. Students are expected to carry out the research proposal they created in the first research course. Students develop skills to conduct research, gather data, analyze data, present findings, and write research reports. Students will continue to develop research evaluation skills. [Prereq: SW 582, MSW Program admission. Rep 3 times.]

SW 599. Independent Study (1-3). Directed study of problems/issues or special theoretical/ analytical concerns. [Prereq: MSW program admission.]

SW 640. AGP: Child & Family Welfare [3]. Examines child, family, and Indian Child welfare policies/practices from historical, political, cultural, economic contexts. Emphasizes advanced practice skills for serving indigenous and rural families and children. [Prereq: complete first year foundation coursework.]

SW 641. AGP: Integrated Clinical Practice [3]. Theories, skills, and policies in mental health and problematic substance use are considered. Emphasis on partnering for change in intervention/prevention from a multi-level, multi-system perspective related to diverse communities. [Prereq: complete first year foundation coursework.]

SW 643. AGP: Community & Organization [3]. Prepares students for advanced level practice with and within communities and organizations. Consideration is given to grant writing, program development, and empowering communities to engage in meaningful change with organizations. [Prereq: complete first year foundation coursework.]

SW 648. AGP: Advanced Clinical Practice [3]. Advanced clinical skills needed to work with individuals, families, and groups in the context of advanced general practice are considered. Evidence-based interventions are examined from an ecological, multicultural perspective. [Prereq: complete first year foundation coursework.]

SW 649. AGP: Wellness & Sustainability [3]. Wellness, prevention, and health promotion in terms of sustainability as a global construct will be considered and its application in culturally appropriate and relevant practice and service. [Prereq: complete first year foundation coursework.]

SW 651. AGP: Indigenous Peoples [3]. This course examines Indigenous Peoples' social work in a global context. Theoretical, methodological, ethical, and service issues are reviewed within the frameworks of cultural rights, international law, sovereignty, and globalization. [Prereq: complete first year foundation coursework. Rep once.]

SW 655. Advanced Internship (3). Advanced community internship demonstrating students' knowledge, values, and skills in developing partner­ships to benefit people and environmental condi­tions. Concurrent model. 480 total internship hours. [Prereq: complete first year foundation coursework. CR/NC.]

SW 658. Mental Health Training Seminar (1.5). A required component of the mental health stipend program. Focuses on advanced competen­cies for practice in mental health settings. [Prereq: complete foundation coursework & current stipend recipient. CR/NC. Rep once for credit.]

SW 659. Advanced Child Welfare Training Seminar (1.5). A required component of the Title IVE stipend program. Course addresses advanced competencies in child welfare practice. [Prereq: complete foundation coursework & current stipend recipient. CR/NC. Rep once for credit.]

SW 680. Seminar in Social Work Topics (1-3). Department course schedule has topics. [Rep.]

SW 682. Masters Project Development [3]. The first course in a two-course sequence to aid students in the development of their master's project. Focus is on developing the proposal, IRB, key informants, and agency agreements. [Prereq: complete first year foundation coursework. Rep 3 times.]

SW 683. Masters Project Implementation [3]. The second course in a two-course sequence to aid students in the development of their master's project. Focus is on implementing the proposal, evaluating data, and disseminating the results. [Prereq: SW 682.]

SW 699. Independent Study (1-3). Directed study of problems/issues or special theoretical/ analytical concerns. [Requires IA. Rep.]