Foundation Curriculum

  • Human Behavior and Social Environment (571)

    Human Behavior and Social Environment (571) Is the required human behavior course that lays a theoretical foundation for all dimensions of social work practice. The course examines explanatory theories for micro, mezzo, and macro social work; takes a person-in-environment perspective; focuses on bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions of human behavior; and emphasizes the strength and resilience of all human beings.  The course further underscores that theories are influenced by sociocultural-historical context, and, therefore, they evolve across time to address environmental and societal factors and human differences throughout the lifespan.

  • Human Behavior and Psychopathology (572)

    Human Behavior and Psychopathology (572) Utilizing a "life course perspective" to focus on human growth and development, this course critically analyzes pathological human behavior. It integrates and compares normal development with pathology and places an emphasis on how multiple dimensions of person and environment are influenced by time to produce unique life journeys. As in SSS 571, strength and resilience, all forms of diversity and oppression, and the impact of social and economic forces are emphasized as salient influences on life course trajectories and pathology.

  • Diversity in a Multicultural Society (570)

    Diversity in a Multicultural Society (570) Utilizing a strengths perspective, this course examines the resilience of populations-at-risk, particularly people of color, persons with disabilities, and gays and lesbians. It focuses on diversity in a global environment, including issues of discrimination, institutional racism and economic deprivation. It intends to enhance/develop self-awareness and sensitivity for a culturally competent social work practice. Social Welfare Policy and Services I (581) presents the historical and contemporary context for understanding social work practice. Students learn the political and organizational processes that are used to influence policy as well as develop skill in analyzing policy. Social Welfare Policy and Services II (582) teaches students how to analyze social policy, to understand the legislative and budget processes and to develop and implement advocacy strategies to effect social policy change. The course is focused on effecting policy change with and for vulnerable and stigmatized populations and issues of power and oppression are considered throughout the semester.

  • Social Work Research (590)

    Social Work Research (590) - Provides a basic understanding of the research process and methods used by social scientists. Students learn to develop a systematic approach to practice problems, to formulate specific research questions, and to select and interpret appropriate statistical techniques. The generalist model of social work practice is introduced through the two Generalist Practice courses (605 - Individuals, Families and Groups, and 606 - Groups, Organizations and Communities) and integrative seminars (673/674). Supplementing supervised practice in the field, the seminar provides the opportunity for practicing skills through role play, case and project presentation and seminar discussion. The seminar instructor serves as the liaison between the field agency and the school, maintaining and enhancing that link.

  • Foundation Curriculum

    The M.S.W. Foundation curriculum is based on five different classes that allows students to develop competencies as social work practitioners.

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  • Advanced Curriculum

    Upon completion of the foundation curriculum, M.S.W. students choose among the clinical, social change, and combined concentrations, and the clinical health specialization. Students select courses depending on the chosen concentration, and are placed in an appropriate agency or organization for their advanced field internship.

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  • Full-Time Curriculum

    The full-time option is a four-semester (two academic years) program, which provides for a sequential learning experience of course work and concurrent field experience.

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  • Part-Time Curriculum

    The part-time program allows students to complete their M.S.W. degree requirements in four years, usually completing course work in the first and third years, and field placement and concurrent Theory and Practice course work and Field Education seminar in the second and fourth years.

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