Social Work (SWRK)

SWRK 593 Desin Thnking Soc Impact

Course usually offered summer term only

Also Offered As: NPLD 593

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 595 Effctve Comm & Storytlng

Course usually offered summer term only

Also Offered As: NPLD 595

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 601 History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare

This course traces the development of social welfare policy in the United States and its relationship to social work. It analyzes the values and assumptions that form the foundation of existing welfare programs and institutions and explores the social, economic, political and cultural contexts in which they have developed. The course examines the development of cash assistance and social services programs in light of the enduring legacy of poverty, racism, and sexism. The view of "outsiders" in U.S. society - low-income persons, people of color, gays and lesbians - allows us to gain perspective on the source of conflict and consensus in American history, which augments material about institutional racism learned in SWRK 603 and content about behavioral responses learned in SWRK 602. The course traces, as well, the roles that social workers have played in the formulation and implementation of social welfare policy and links these historical examples to contemporary policy practice.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 602 Human Behavior in the Social Environment

This course introduces the student to the individual and family components of social interaction in a variety of different milieus. Theories of self and personality are studied, along with theories related to traditional and non-traditional family styles, different social and ethnic groups, and of assimilation and acculturation. Emphasis is given to the impact of different cultures and traditions on individual functioning. Additional attention is given to selected social characteristics of the larger society, such as factors of socio-economic class which influence individual and family behavior and functioning.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 603 American Racism and Social Work Practice

This course explores racism in America as an historical and contemporary phenomenon. It emphasizes the development of evidence-based knowledge about institutional systems of racism, analytical skill in understanding the complexity of institutional racism and other forms of oppression more broadly defined, self-awareness, and the implications of racism for social work services and practices.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 604 Foundations of Social Work Practice I

This is a first of a four-course sequence designed to help students develop a professional stance and evidence-based framework for social work services to individuals, groups, families, and communities. It integrates the student's theoretical learning with the experience in the field placement agency. The student is introduced to a holistic process-oriented approach to social work practice and to methods for implementation. The course emphasizes the social context for practice with special attention to agency purpose, functions and structure; the client system and its perceptions of need; goals and resources and the social worker as a facilitator of change.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 614 Foundations of Social Work Practice II

This is the second in a four-course sequence and continues to examine varied practice frameworks and methods for service delivery in working with individuals, groups, families and communities. It emphasizes the eradication of institutional racism and other forms of oppression along with the integration of a culturally-sensitive approach to social work practice. Attention is given to understanding client problems in the context of different social work practice approaches and service requirements and to increased use of professional values to guide and inform practice.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: SWRK604

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 615 Introduction to Social Work Research

This course presents the broad range of research tools that social workers can use to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their practice. The course emphasizes the process of theory development, conceptualization, and hypothesis formulation across a broad spectrum of social work practice situations. The course includes methodological considerations relating to concept operationalization; research design (experimental, survey, and field), sampling instrumentation, methods of data collection and analysis, and report preparation and dissemination. The course also emphasizes how social work research can help professionals better understand and more effectively impact problems of racism and sexism in contemporary American society.

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

SWRK 620 Integrative Seminar

All Advanced Standing students are required to take the Integrative Seminar in the summer upon beginning the program. The seminar meets weekly during the second summer session and supports students as they begin their field placement. In order to enroll in the fall, students must achieve satisfactory performance in the Integrative Practice Seminar and summer field placement.

Course usually offered summer term only

Prerequisite: Advanced Standing MSW students only

Activity: Seminar

0 Course Units

SWRK 701 Health and Mental Health Policy

This course provides an overal view of the historical, social and economic dimensions of the health care delivery system: how health policies are developed and implemented, and how such policies influence social work practice, program planning, and research. Key health policy issues such as financing,cost, access, and the allocation of resources are explored in the context of health reform proposals. Students investigate how health policy affects specific population groups such as women and children, persons with chronic mental illnesses, persons with AIDS, older adults, and minorities.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: MSW Policy Option

SWRK 702 Social Work Practice in Health Care

This course focuses on key issues in social work practice in health care settings. Social aspects of health and illness, including cultural variations, health beliefs and behavior, and the impact of illness on the patient and the family, are examined and their relevance for practice is discussed. Appropriate theoretical models for practice are identified and applied to practice in the areas of prevention, primary care, chronic and long-term care. New roles for social work in varied health delivery systems and inter-professional collaboration are explored.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clincal Practice Elective

SWRK 703 Impacting Government: Policy Analysis & Coalition Building

This course focuses on developing a theoretical foundation for actionabe skills in policy analysis and coalition building across a wide-range of constituencies. The material begins with a structured focus on the ideological underpinnings of social welfare in the United States and the ways in which these perspectives shape our conception of equity, equality, and allocation of resources along the lines of race, class, gender, immigration status, and other identities. We will then utilize this basis for developing analysis frameworks, policy briefs, and media messaging that students will utilize when working with legislative bodies to advocate for and with the populations they serve. Distinct emphasis is placed on becoming conversant across differential systems, ideas, values, and assumptions while remaining grounded in relevant research and empirical approaches.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 704 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice I

Clinical Social Work Practice I and Field Practice builds on the generalist model of practice established in the foundation social work practice courses. The course work and assignments in SWRK 704 are closely linked to the students' learning objectives and experiences in the field. This course has students critically examine and deepen their understanding of advanced theoretical frameworkks and specific skills to be applied in clinical practice with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Students begin with classic and modern formulations of psychodynamic work and use this as a foundation for understanding theoretically and empirically drive models of family intervention. In addition, use of self and social work values and ethics and working with diverse clients are addressed at an advanced level.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Required for Clinical Practice Concentration

SWRK 706 Policies for Children and Their Families

This course examines policies for children and their families with a specific focus on child welfare policy. The course examines the interrelationship between: the knowledge base on child abuse and neglect; evaluations of interventions; programs and policies designed to protect maltreated children; and child welfare policy at the state and national level. The course also examines federal and state laws that govern the funding and operation of child welfare systems; the history of child welfare policies; the operation of child welfare systems; and the legal, political and social forces that influence the structure and function of child welfare systems in the United States.

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Policy Option

SWRK 708 Advanced Macro Social Work Practice I

Advanced Macro Social Work Practice I and Field builds on the foundation social work practice courses and focuses on three areas: (1) context of macro practice; (2) organizational structure with a focus on nonprofits; and (3) program design and development. The course begins with providing theoretical frameworks for macro practice and then moves to focus on delivery of services at the community level. Knowledge and skill development focuses primarily on social work practice wihtin communities and organizations. Students learn how to organize and build relationships with communities and develop, plan, manage, fund and assess/evaluate community-based programs. Specific skill development includes learning how to research, develop, write, and pitch a grant proposal. Course content is integrated with fieldwork and is specific to the service needs of the popuations with whom students are working in their field agencies.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Required for Macro Practice Concentration

SWRK 709 Heterosexism and Social Work

This course builds on the foundation year focus on institutional oppression by applying this model to the status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in U.S. society and in social welfare systems. The course assesses the relationship of heterosexism and homophobia to other forms of institutional oppression, including racism and sexism. The course includes an overview of the treatment of sexual minorities in the U.S. and in the social work profession with a focus on issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients as an under-served and mis-served population. The intersection of racism and heterosexism is a focal point to explore the concerns and needs of LGBTQ people of color. Current theoretical frameworks for understanding sexual identity and the unique situations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people throughout the life cycle will be identified. Social work strategies for addressing heterosexism in social welfare agencies and communities will be explored by examining both micro and macro social work practice issues. The course will include a critical assessment of the state of social work education on the topic.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: MSW Elective

SWRK 710 Supervision Seminar

Students in the Employed Practitioners Program are required to take this non-credit seminar in the fall and spring terms of their second year of study. The class meets every other week. In a limited number of cases, advanced-year students may be placed in agencies where there is no available MSW field instructor. In such instances, the student is required to attend the Clinical or Macro Supervision Seminar (depending on their concentration), which meets every other week during the academic year. Students who are required to participate in the clinical or macro supervision seminars will be given 1.5 hours of compensatory time off from their field placement every other week.

Activity: Seminar

0 Course Units

Notes: Non-credit course required for students in the Employed Practitioners Program OR Non-credit course required for students without an MSW supervisor at their field placement

SWRK 711 Contemporary Social Policy

This course introduces students to the analysis of contemporary social welfare policy. Several social welfare policy areas, including social inequality, poverty, health care, and housing are examined. Each topic area is also used to illustrate a component of the policy analysis process, including the analysis of ideologies and values as they shape policy formulation, the process by which legislation is proposed and enacted, the roles of advocacy and lobbying organizations, and the challenges of policy implementation and evaluation.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Policy Option

SWRK 712 City Limits: The Impact of Urban Policy

This course assesses the changing role of public policy in American cities. In the past, government often believed that it could direct urban development. New realities - the rise of an informal labor market, global capital and labor flows, the flight of businesses and the middle class to the suburbs - have demonstrated that government must see itself as one - but only one - 'player' in a more complex, transactional process of policy making that crosses political boundaries and involves business, organized interest groups, and citizens. This seminar uses a case-study method to study how public policy can make a difference in the revitalization of distressed American cities. The seminar is designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Seminar readings and projects will be organized around three themes: 1) history and vision, 2) data and analysis, and 3) policy and implementation. Students will be divided into project teams assigned to work on current development issues that will be reviewed by both public and private-sector experts. Extensive use will be made of real estate, economic development, and social indicator data to understand the complex forces at work in both large and small cities. Students will learn to access, analyze, and map information; to frame and interpret these data within a regional perspective; and to construct profiles of cities and neighborhoods. Students will study recent urban redevelopment initiatives in the Philadelphia region, including Philadelphia's Neighborhood Transformations Initiative and New Jersey's Camden Revitalization plans.

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: URBS 454

Prerequisites: Students must have taken an introduction to research methods.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

SWRK 713 Understanding Social Change: Issues of Race and Gender

This course builds upon the foundation of historical, psychological, sociological, economic, political, and personal knowledge about institutionalized forms of racism and discrimination developed in SWRK 603, American Racism and Social Work Practice. The course uses understanding elements of oppression to critically examine strategies for addressing racism and sexism in organizations and communitites through systematic assessment and planning for social change. The course examines change at three levels: organizations, communitites, and social movements.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: SWRK 603

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 714 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice II

The focus of learning in this semester is theories and skills related to clinical practice with individuals and groups, differential intervention, and the broadening of the professional role and repertoire. The course content and assignments for SWRK 714 are closely linked with the students' learning objectives and experiences in the field. Students extend and refine their practice knowledge and skills and learn to intervene with cognitive, behavioral, and narrative modalities. This semester focuses also on work with complex trauma across systems and populations. Students consolidate their identification as professionals and learn to constructively use the environment to effect systems changes.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: SWRK 704

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Required for Clinical Practice Concentration

SWRK 716 Comprehensive School Reform: From 'No Child Left Behind' through 'Race to the Top' to 'Every Student Succeeds Act'

This course examines how K-12 education policy is designed and implemented in the United States. It uses a systems analysis as the framework for looking at who makes what kinds of demands on the education policy system, how these demands are placed on the policy agenda, the decision making process, and resulting education policies and policy outcomes. The course pays particular attention to the roles of federal, state and local governments in education policy, and the impact of our intergovernmental system on the design and implementation of policy. Students will also examine major education policies and debate key education policy issues that arise at each level of government.

Also Offered As: EDUC 712

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

SWRK 718 Advanced Macro Social Work Practice II

Advanced Macro Social Work Practice II and Field helps students broaden and deepen the specific knowledge and skills required to become an effective and creative social work practitioner. The course focuses on five areas of macro practice: (1) community assessment and practice; (2) policy advocacy; (3) fiscal management and fundraising; (4) global human rights; and (5) emerging areas of macro practice. Students learn how to conduct a community practice analysis, engage in policy advocacy, develop an idea for a social enterprise, write an agency fundraising plan, and conduct an agency fiscal evaluation. Students learn to utilize administrative skills to promote social change within a variety of systems that influence the lives of client populations. Course content is integrated with fieldwork and is specific to the service needs of the populations with whom students are working in their field agencies.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: SWRK 708

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Required for Macro Practice Concentration

SWRK 719 Prenatal and Early Childhood Development

This course presents a coherent portrait of the development that transforms a person from the prenatal period to infancy to young childhood. The course bridges standard theories of development with new approaches such as social learning, cognitive development, developmental psychobiology, and other psychological theories used to understand the child. Integration of different perspectives on development is geared to demonstrate the interrelated nature of growth in cognition, learning, language, emotions, personality, physical growth and social behaviors. Students research areas of individual interest. MSW Elective

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 720 Middle Childhood and Adolescence

This course focuses initially on growth and behavior in the often overshadowed period of middle childhood, and in greater depth on the adolescent period. Change in the psychological, physical, cognitive and social domains of growth is examined and is related to changing relationships and overt behaviors. The influence of social factors is a continuing theme. Concepts like "adolescent rebellion" are questioned and re-evaluated. Connections between uneven development and social problem behavior are examined. Knowledge is salient to school social work as well as to other practice domains. Students research areas of individual interest.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 722 Practice with Children and Adolescents

This course provides a foundation for social work practice with children and adolescents. Beginning with an overview of normative child and adolescent development and psychosocial developmental theory, the course covers various methods for helping at-risk children and adolescents and their families. Emphasizing the complex interplay between children and adolescents and their social environments, consideration will be given to biological, temperamental, and developmental status; the familial/cultural context; the school context; and other aspects of the physical and social environment. Particular attention is paid to working with socially, emotionally, financially, and physically challenged and deprived children and adolescents and their families.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective; Option for Home and School Visitor (HSV) specialization

SWRK 724 Developmental Disabilities

This course enhances the students' ability to practice social work with and on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The course provides a base of knowledge about developmental disabilities and differences, their causes and characteristics. Students learn how disabilities and learning differences impact personal, familial, educational, social, and economic dimensions for the individual, family and society, with attention to the person's special life cycle needs and characteristics. The course also emphasizes legislative, programmatic, political, economic, and theoretical formulations fundamental to service delivery.

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective; required for students in the HSV program

SWRK 726 Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention

This course focuses on theory and practice of planned brief treatment in social work practice, primarily with individuals but with attention to couples, families and other groupings. The course covers the history of and different approaches to brief treatment. Topics include treatment issues such as criteria for selection of clients, understanding the importance of time in the treatment relationship, the use of history, the importance of focusing, the process of termination and other issues related to brief interventions. Particular attention will be paid to the use of brief treatment approaches in crisis situations. The course presents various methods of assessing an individual's crisis and of helping clients mobilize their strengths to utilize customary methods of coping and learn newer ways of coping.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective

SWRK 727 Practice with Families

This course provides students with assessment and intervention skills for social work practice with varied family/partner configurations. The course begins with a grounding in family systems theory and proceeds to explore patterns of interaction in terms of the wide range of problems that families and partners bring to social agencies. Emphasis is given to exploring ways of supporting change in interaction patterns. Readings are augmented by videotapes of family sessions and simulations of clinical situations from students'field practice.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective

SWRK 729 Social Statistics

This course provides students with a broad range of statistical methods and applications. It introduces social work students to the use of quantitative data for planning and evaluating social programs and social policy. Course topics include conceptualization and measurement of variables and basic techniques and concepts for exploring and categorizing data, for generalizing research findings and testing hypotheses, and for statistical data processing. Students will gain experience in using a Windows-based statistical software package on personal computers. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of data to address social policy and social work practice issues. Students have the opportunity to critique the application of data analysis and presentation in technical reports and professional journals.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Research Option

SWRK 730 Community Mapping

Geographic space is important to family and community well-being, as we know. community Mapping introduces students to geographic information systems (GIS), computer software for making maps and analyzing spatial data. Students will learn how maps have been used in social welfare history as well as how GIS can be used for needs assessments, asset mapping, program evaluation, and program planning. The course builds on research skills developed in SWRK 615. For thefinal project, students have an opportunity to apply their GIS skills to creating maps related to their field placement. The use of such maps may lead to both program and policy change in neighborhoods and communities.

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 731 Clinical and Macro Child Welfare Practice

Students enrolled in this course will learn about the various contexts in which child welfare practice and policy services take place and the skills and modalities that are used with children, youth, and families who are the focus of child welfare intervention. Students learn about the social conditions and unmet needs that have typically precipitated child welfare policy and ideological debates informing child welfare policy. How to structure organizations and implement planning in support of strengthening front-line practice is also addressed. Taking stock of these policies and organizational factors, students gain a firm understanding of how they influence, shape, and govern direct clinical practice in child protection and casework. Particular attention will be devoted to developing students' practice skills in safety assessment and safety planning, risk assessment, and permanency planning. Implementation of evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions to promote positive developmental outcomes among the racially/ethnically diverse pool of children and adolescents placed in out-of-home care will also be a focus of attention. Other topics include separation, loss, and identity development; disproportionality and disparity; and self-care in child welfare practice. In the spirit of bridging connections between macro and clinical practice, course content will delve into how direct casework services influence dependency actions in the juvenile courts. How these direct practices or interventions influence case outcomes as reported by a number of federal data reporting systems will also be discussed. A social justice framework will be applied to understand how child welfare policies and organizational services sustain child and family inequalities, especially for historically oppressed and marginalized populations who are diproportianally represented in the child welfare system.

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Child Well-Being and Child Welfare Specialization

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical and Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 732 Integrative Seminar in Child Welfare

This capstone course in the Child Well-Being and Child Welfare specialization will integrate direct/micro and macro levels of practice; research in child welfare and related fields, as the research relates to all levels of practice; the relationship of child maltreatment and other social problems; and perspectives from several disciplines, specifically social work, other mental health professions, law, and medicine, as these disciplines address problems of child maltreatment and child welfare. The seminar will highlight issues of social justice, disproporionality - particularly the over-representation of children and families of color in the child welfare system, and disadvantaged populations, including children in general and poor children in particular. Faculty from other disciplines will be features as guest speakers throughout the course.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Child Well-Being and Child Welfare Specialization

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical and Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 736 Building Community Capacity

This course provides an introduction to community organization and community capacity building. The course encompasses strategies, models, and techniques for the creation of organizations, the formation of federations of existing organizations; and coalition-building, all designed to address problems requiring institutional or policy changes or reallocation of resources to shift power and responsibility to those most negatively affected by current socio-economic and cultural arrangements. The course emphasizes development of strategies and techniques to organize low-income minority residents of urban neighborhoods, and to organize disenfranchised groups across geographic boundaries as the first required steps in an empowerment process.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 738 Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental disorders seen in social work clients, and frequently they occur concurrently. This course describes the medical and "physical" concomitants and psychosocial factors associated with both conditions and introduces diagnostic and assessment procedures and methods of intervention that social workers use in working with clients with these conditions. The course also consideers how culture, social class, gender, and other social differences affect the expression of these disorders and their concomitant treatment.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective

SWRK 739 Illness and Family Caregiving

This course focuses on social work practice in medicine and the relationships between physical health, social environments, and psychosocial functioning. Student learning will be grounded in the biopsychosocial-spiritual model, and will address a number of domains, including the impact of illness on families over the life course, the impact of a diagnosis on family functioning, medical decision making, coping, health beliefs and spirituality, culture and social class. Classroom content will include conceptualization of illness challenges from the presentation/prevention of symptoms to the end of life, in addition to writing case material, building self-awareness and identifying clinical interface issues, and the compliation of a "clinician's toolbox" for direct practice on the front lines. Activities will include the unique opportunity to participate in hands-on, interdisciplinary training at the Simulation Center in the School of Nursing.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective

SWRK 740 Strategic Planning and Resource Development for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Resilient organizations engage in a continuous process of self-review and refocusing. Referred to as "strategic planning," this process requires the active participation of a broad range of agency "stakeholders" who, in their work together, seek to realign the organization's goals, structures, and programs to make them more responsive to the changing needs of their service populations. Building on the content of foundation pratice foundation courses, "Strategic Planning and Resource Development" has been designed to strengthen the the student's leadership capacity for engaging in strategic planning and resource development practice across a broad range of governmental (GOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs). The importance of organizational flexibility, innovation, and the creation of cooperative public-private partnerships is emphasized throughout the course.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 741 Gender & Social Policy

Gender and Social Policy develops an advanced understanding of social policies through a focus on social issues and conditions through the lens of gender, economic and critical theory. The specialized focus on gender and social policy provides students with the opportunity to develop more specialized knowledge about how market dynamics and government policies respond to the needs and risks faced by women. Specific emphasis is placed on utilizing theoretical frameworks to evaluate the intersesction between social policy, history and social science in relationship to gender issues. Students are also expected to conduct a policy analysis that includes an evaluation of how current and former social movements surrounding gender issues shaped their policy of interest.

Taught by: Baker

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: MSSP 741

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Policy Option

SWRK 742 Practice with At-Risk Youth

The discourse on juvenile justice in the United States, once driven by themes of treatment and rehabilitation, has been dominated in recent years by vocabularies of punishment and incapacitation. The juvenile court, an enterprise founded by social reformers and the social work profession at the turn of the century to "save children," is now under severe political and legislative pressure to impose harsher penalties on younger and younger offenders who are increasingly portrayed as violent "super-predators," while its most vulnerable segments, children and youth, stand in greatest need of what a social service system can offer. Not surprisingly, those most likely to wind up under supervision are economically poor, under-educated, disproportionately of color and disproportionately at-risk to become victims of violent crimes. How does the profession situate itself in this discourse and what are individual social workers to do?

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical and Macro Practice Elective; Option for Home and School Visitor Requirement

SWRK 743 Action Research

Action research is a form of social research that combines research with intervention. It is characterized by a collaborative relationship between the researcher and a client organization that is in an immediate problematic situation. The research process is directed toward addressing the problem situation and producing knowledge that contributes to the goals of social science. Action research is compatible with many of the values and principles of social work. This course also addresses issues of social work ethics and values encountered by the action researcher.

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisite: SWRK 615

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Research Option

SWRK 744 Direct Practice Research

This course provides graduate social work students with research knowledge and skills aimed at enhancing their direct practice with clients. The course examines methods of assessment, methods for choosing and evaluating techniques of intervention, methods for determining the effectiveness of practice and the use of research in social work decision-making. A successful outcome of the course will be that students perceive a more positive relationship between research and social work practice and possess a set of tools that they will be able to utilize in their future careers as social workers. The course starts from an assumption that students have some familiarity with research and are primarily engaged in direct practice with individuals, families or groups.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: SWRK 615, Introduction to Social Work Research

Activity: Online Course

1 Course Unit

Notes: Research Option; Course may be offered online or in classroom setting

SWRK 746 Political Social Work

This course focuses on the role of social workers and the social work profession in advocacy and the political arena. It examines the methods of advocacy (e.g., case, class, and legislative) and political action through which social workers can influence social policy development and community and institutional change. The course also analyzes selected strategies and tactics of change and seeks to develop alternative social work roles in the facilitation of purposive change efforts. Topics include individual and group advocacy, lobbying, public education and public relations, electoral politics, coalition building, and legal and ethical dilemmas in political action.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 748 Microfinance and Women's Empowerment in India

This course examines microfinance and its engagement with marginalized communities such as those in India. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of the phenomena of microfinance and its role in poverty alleviation. By studying the use of self-help groups with NGO facilitation, their impact on women's empowerment will be examined and understood through interaction with women engaged in microfinance activities.

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Application required; Program fee

SWRK 749 Civil Society Promoting Coexistence in Israel

This course offers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges and complexities of coexistence in Israel, the Holy Land for Christians, Jews and Muslims; a key point of interest and dispute for the international community, and the homeland shared and claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. The course will focus on activities carried out by nonprofit organizations operating within the Israeli civil society, dealing with issues related to coexistence and to the protection and advancement of the civil and social rights of different populations, with special emphasis on the Arab-Palestinian population in Israel. These activities include educational and social services programs, community work and advocacy activities, aimed at creating dialogues and building coexistence among the different populations in the Israeli society and Palestine.

Course usually offered summer term only

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: Application required; Program fee

SWRK 755 International Social Work: Practicing in the Global South

This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to societal problems in the developing world; familiarize them with global professions in social work, education, public health, etc.; identify numerous strategies and skills social workers and other professionals have used to collaboratively build interventions within the human rights, social welfare, education, health care and sustainable community development arenas. The course will expose students to views of development as they relate to individual, interpersonal, family, community, societal and international change. Students will learn about the history of specific global problems, how cultures affect response, different social services delivery systems and initiatives aimed at resolution. Students will explore a specific development issue within a country and community.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 756 Human Sexuality

The aim of this course is to increase students' ability to deal more comfortably with the sexual aspect of human functioning. Readings,written assignments, and classroom presentations are directed to realizing the diversity, complexity, and range of human sexual expression. Current information about sexuality from the biological and physiological sciences is reviewed to increase comfort and skill in discussion and handling of sex-related behavior, personal and societal attitudes will be explored. A variety of sex-related social problems encountered by social workers in family, education, health, and criminal justice settings are discussed. Diagnostic interviewing and treatment methods are presented in role play, group exercises and case studies.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 757 Loss through the Life Cycle

This course considers loss as a central theme throughout the life cycle. Content focuses on the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural aspects of loss, dying and bereavement processes and the interaction among individuals, families and professionals. Students examine historical trends of family, community, and institutional support for the terminally ill and those experiencing traumatic loss and learn ways to advocate for a system of services that supports full decision-making on the part of the client. Course materials, journals, and special projects identify how self and other factors impact service delivery to individuals,families, and communities experiencing loss, including ethical considerations prompted by cost, technology, and end of life issues.

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective

SWRK 758 Faith-Based Practice and Management

This course prepares students to work to existing and newly formed faith-based social service agencies. It also serves as a national laboratory to extract new knowledge of best practices and the variability of managing and practicing in faith-based social service agencies.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical and Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 759 Substance Abuse Interventions

This course addresses intervention approaches used in social work practice with individuals, families, and groups who misuse addictive substances themselves or are affected by another's misuse. Students learn about addictive substances, models of intervention, how to engage and assess clients, and how to intervene and evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions. The course incorporates theory and research findings on various strategies of intervention.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective; Attendance at first class required

SWRK 760 Mental Health Diagnostics

This course familiarizes students with mental health and mental disorders within the context of the life cycle, viewed from a biopsychosocial perspective. Prevalent categories of psychiatric disorders are considered with respect to their differentiating charateristics, explanatory theories, and relevance for social work practice, according to the DSM and other diagnostic tools. The course includes biological information and addresses the impact of race, ethnicity, social class, age, gender, and other sociocultural variables on diagnostic processes.

Course offered summer, fall and spring terms

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective; Required for Clinical Practice Concentration

SWRK 761 Spirituality and Social Work Practice

This course strives to seek a balance in exploring the universalistic as well as the pluralistic in relationship to spirituality. Some pluralistic religious and/or spiritual traditions are studied as they exemplify commitments of spirituality and as they intersect with a more universalistic spirituality. The course considers how spiritual and religious systems are related to diversity, including gender, social class, ethnicity and culture, and sexual orientation.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective

SWRK 763 Immigration: Policy & Practice

This course will begin with the history of migration to the US, as well as legal definitions of newcomers, including obtaining documents for lawful permanent residence, refugee status, as well as grounds for exclusion and deportation, and paths to naturalized citizenship. We will then review how a framework of cultural competence, and a strength or asset-based approach can inform service to immigrant clients. The core portion of the course will then focus first on the intersection of immigrants and health, mental health, employment, crimes, public entitlements, and public education. The course will conclude with family issues relevant to immigrant families: women, children, lesbian and gay, and elderly immigrants. Public policy issues will be integrated throughout, and the course will end with specific suggestions on systems change at various levels. By the end of the course students should be able to identify strategies for individual clients advocacy (micro); agency and community strategies (mezzo), and government advocacy (macro) to empower immigrant clients to become full community participants.

Taught by: Chany-Muy

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Policy Option; Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 765 Supervision and Leadership in Human Services Organizations

This course builds on social work knowledge, values, and skills gained in foundation practice courses and links them to the roles and functions of social workers as supervisors and managers in human service organizations. Course focus is on providing students with an overview of basic supervisory and human resource development concepts so they may be better prepared as professional social workers to enter agencies and provide direct reports (supervisees) with meaningful and appropriate direction, support, and motivation.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical and Macro Practice Elective

SWRK 768 Social Policy Through Literature

This course uses works of fiction that pertain to a specific social issue in order to examine the effect these issues have in human terms on the individual, the family, and the community. Through appreciation of the human condition as portrayed in literature, students learn to frame issues more precisely and present arguments in compelling and convincing ways, thus enhancing the role of social worker as advocate for policy change.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 769 Aging: The Intersection of Policy and Practice

This course examines a variety of social welfare policies that affect the rights and interests of older adults. These include policies related to economic security, health, long term care, and civil rights. In addition, the course reviews the policy-making process with a discussion of the influence of legislative sanctions and case law in establishing aging policy in the U.S. The focus of the course is on critical analysis of the key assumptions driving policy and policy change, e.g. social responsibility vs. individual responsibility. Finally, the course includes a critical examination of the intersection between policy and practice, that is, the influence that policy has on the design of interventions and service delivery practices at the state and local level and the impact of changing policies on communities, providers, and older adults.

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Macro Practice Elective; required for students in the PAC program

SWRK 771 Social Work Values and Ethics

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the philosophical base, theory and practice of ethical decision making in social work. We will review some of the foundational readings including Mill, Kant, and Aristotle. We will develop ways of becoming aware of our own moral ideas and search for their impact on our professional actions. The basics of ethical decision-making will be studied. A critical examination of social and economic policies in the light of moral values will also be performed. In addition, social work distinguishes itself from other professions through its code of ethics, and in particular, its focus on issues of social justice. Accordingly, this course will explore concepts regarding the nature of rights and social justice by prominent thinkers such as Rawls, Sen, and Nozick. this course will also focus on the role of ethics in clinical decision making by addressing the unique moral challenges associated with clinical work in hospital settings as well as work with children, adolescents, and persons with mental illness.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 772 Postcolonial Social Work Practice: International Social Welfare in India

In this course, students examine the global welfare system and its engagement with marginalized communities. This six-week course in Kolkata, India, centers around a sex workers' collaborative in Sonagachi, one of Asia's largest red light districts. Interviews with the collaborative's workers and study of their grassroots movement are combined with class discussions and research projects in which students engage with texts on HIV, sex work, feminist postcolonial theory and international social work.

Taught by: Ghose

Course usually offered summer term only

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical and Macro Practice Elective; Application Required; Program Fee

SWRK 773 Mental Health Challenges in Childhood and Adolescence

This course will be an opportunity for the student and the instructor to explore the concept "psychopathology" as it has been and is applied to childhood and adolescence. There are some psychopathological challenges that are unique to childhood and some which can manifest themselves throughout childhood into adolescence and adulthood. The social worker/practitioner will encounter a wide range of symptomatic presentations among his/her clients. At this time in the fields of clinical social work, psychology, psychiatry, and psychotherapy there are numerous frameworks available to the practitioner to aid in an understanding of symptoms in children and adolescents. During the next several weeks three conceptual frameworks will be articulated. These three frameworks will elucidate the possible meaning, origin, and/or function of the symptoms and offer to the student a vocabulary with which to engage the situation. At the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century, psychoanalysis emerged in Europe as a method of understanding symptoms from the point of view of internal conflict within the child or adolescent. After World War II in the U.S.A., a model of understanding symptoms from a systemic/cybernetic point of view revolutionized the diagnostic processes involved in working with children and adolescents. Since the late 1980's, postmodern ideas, primarily from Europe and Australia, have greatly influenced and informed the understanding of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Narrative, social constructivist, and linguistic usage patterns have become a common vocabulary in the discourse on psychopathology. This course is not intended to be a reading of the history of child psychopathology. It is intended to expose the student to the most influential paradigms in the field of child psychopathology.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: MSW Elective

SWRK 774 Program Evaluation

This course introduces students to theoretical and practical aspects of social service program evaluation. Students learn about the design and implementation of all phases of an evaluation, from needs assessment to analysis of findings. Skills such as survey construction and budgeting are introduced. Intensive analysis of existing studies illustrates how evaluations are designed and how findings affect social programs and policy.

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: SWRK 615, Introduction to SW Research

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Research Option

SWRK 775 Intimate Violence

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the definition, theories, causes, processes, consequences, and social interventions in intimate violence. The course will attempt to provide insight on the phenomenon of intimate violence by examining the ways in which it affects survivors, perpetrators,, and their children. This will be accompolished by reviewing the current research as well as by exploring how intimate violence is constructed by the participants on the personal, interpersonal, and social structural level.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: PUBH 575

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 777 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This Cognitive Behavioral Therapy course will be taught in a one-week intensive class Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Students are expected to start a pre-course assignment approximately 2 months prior to the first day of the course. Students will receive an information request from the instructor during course registration and must reply in a timely fashion. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the world's most effective, empirically-based psychotherapy with strong scientific evidence. CBT is a collaborative and empowering psychotherapy that educates and helps clients to motivate themselves, set goals, develop, and implement treatment plans to reach those goals. This experiential/didactic advanced clinical skills course will present a CBT model to evidence-based practice that can serve as a conceptual framework for clinical applications to a wide variety of presenting problems and populations. The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to the theory of CBT and to begin to apply the basic principles through the stages of a self-directed case.

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisite: Completion of MSW Foundation year curriculum or equivalent

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective.

SWRK 778 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

In this 5-day intensive course we will examine the underlying theories, empirical foundations, and fundamental skill sets associated with dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Students will be expected to participate in role plays, lead mindfulness exercises, and carry out chain analyses. Prior to the class start date, students will have to submit a 15 to 30 page outline of the required text (Linehan, M.M. (1993), Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder, Guildford Press) and to review and complete the study guide for the HBSE text. Students will not be admitted to the first day of class unless these requirements have been met prior to class. No exceptions; you will be dropped from the class.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective

SWRK 780 Policy and "Difference" in Postmodernity

Social constructions of "difference" permeate the institutions, spaces, and assumptions of our society. These social constructions include but are not limited to the racialized, gendered, sexed, classed, and dis/abled constructions of the body. By leaning on postmodern thinkers such as Iris Marion Young, Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida, Ernesto Laclau, and Michel Foucault, this seminar course will begin by engaging the questions of what is "difference" and how is "difference" discursively constructed and reproduced in society. Using a postmodern lens, the remainder of the course will engage various social science texts that deal with the varieites of "difference" (i.e. race, gender, class, sexuality) and the explicit and/or implicit policy implications of these works. Thus, we will critically engage policies such as welfare, affirmative action, economic policies of taxation, and same-gender marriage, among others. The underlying questions throughout the course will be to what extend does social policy enable the possibilities of freedom, justice, and democracy for the "Other", the deviant, the abject, the marginalized, those of assumed "difference"? And, to what extent does policy constrain those possibilities at the same time?

Taught by: Dixon-Roman

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: MSSP 780

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: Policy Option

SWRK 781 Qualitative Research

Qualitative research encompasses a variety of methods that enable the researcher to enter into the "lived experience" of research participants. These methods are particularly sensitive to the voices of populations whose perspectives are silenced by dominant societal discourses. The course begins by giving attention to underlying philosophical issues and traditions of qualitative research and proceeds to examine qualitative research design, methods of data collection, strategies to ensure rigor, data analysis, and presentation of findings. Students will learn about research interviewing, focus groups, and participant observation and ways in which qualitative research can be used to inform and evaluate social work practice and programs. Students will have the opportunity to apply qualitative research methods to in-class activities and individual or group projects.

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: PUBH 604

Prerequisites: SWRK 615, Introduction to Social Work Research

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Research Option

SWRK 783 Advanced Mental Health Practice with U.S. Veterans

Although this course is open to all students, it is designed for students in the clinical concentration and is required for students in the Cohen Veterans Network Scholars program. The course will focus on clinical knowledge and evidence-based practice skills for common mental health problems in veteran settings. The course will introduce students to the assessment and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Suicide Assessment and Management among veteran populations. Other topics may include cultural competency, homelessness, and combat stress disorders. Since this is a seminar course, some classes will be taught by social workers/psychologists from the Veterans Hospital in Philadelphia and the Cohen Veterans Outpatient Clinic.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective; Required for Cohen Veteran Network students

SWRK 785 Criminal Justice Policies: Implications for Social Work

The United States prison population has risen more than three hundred percent in the last three decades. More people are currently incarcerated than at any other point in the history of the United States, and that of the world. This unprecedented period of incarceration has gone largely invisible although it represents one of the greatest social epidemics in the history of the United States. This course provides a critical analysis of the criminal justice system in the United States from a historical and contemporary perspective. It examines the implications of significant criminal justice policies such as the Rockefeller Drug Laws, 3-Strike Legislations, and Mandatory Minimums on the current state of incarceration, and the phenomenon of "Reentry" and "Recidivism". The intersections of criminal justice and social work practice are unmistakable when examining staples of social work practice such as homelessness, mental health and substance abuse, thus the course is intended to facilitate a more informed/holistic practice for all social work students.

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Policy Option

SWRK 786 Social Work Practice & Trauma

This course integrates trauma theory and practice and expands practice knowledge to include the treatment and assessment of the survivors of trauma. Emphasis is placed on differentiating PTSD from Complex Trauma in order to identify appropriate, evidence-based intervention strategies. Topics covered in the course include an historical overview of the development of our understanding of trauma and the exploration of various types of trauma includeing war trauma, domestic violence, childhood sexual and physical abuse, natural disasters, the experiences of political refugees and organizational trauma. Among the interventions covered in this course are CBT, EMDR, group and psychodynamic treatment. Students will consider issues that affect those treating the survivors of trauma, such as vicarious trauma, and will explore approaches to self-care. This is an advanced clinical course. Through assignments and class discussions, students are encouraged to use their experiences in the field to deepen their understanding of the material covered in the course.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective

SWRK 788 Harm Reduction on the Borders: Substance Use and HIV Treatment in Puerto Rico

This course examines the U.S.-based substance use and HIV treatment systems, and its engagement with injection drug users in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. It is designed to provide the students with an understanding of the political economy of harm reduction initiatives, and the manner in which it is shaped by the complicated relationship between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Students are expected to gain an understanding of Pureto Rico's welfare environment, the role of social welfare and social workers in such a context, and the interweaving of social control and social change embedded in welfare initiatives in "borderlands" such as Fajardo. During the four week course in Fajardo, students will complete a placement in a needle exchange program, and engage with texts on HIV, substance use, postcolonial theory and international social work.

Course usually offered summer term only

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective and Macro Practice Elective; Application required

SWRK 792 Psychodynamic Theory

The purpose of this course is to review the evolution of psychodynamic theory and consider key concepts in psychoanalysis, ego psychology, object relations theory, self-psychology, attachment theory, relational and intersubjective theories and current findings in cognitive neuroscience. Participants will explore human psychological functioning as explained by these various psychodynamic theories and through the biopsychosocial lens that informs social work practice. Students will examine how external factors such as race, class, gender, culture and biology are interwoven with often unconscious, internal psychological determinants, creating the complexities of human behavior that challenge us in our clinical work. Case presentations by students, the instructor and guest lecturers will demonstrate how concepts from psychodynamic theory can be applied to social work practice with diverse clients in varied settings.

Course usually offered in spring term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective

SWRK 793 Global Health and Health Policy

This participatory interdisciplinary seminar course examines contemporary issues in public health policy and global health. The organizing framework is social determinants of health. We consider evidence that inequalities in education, income, and occupation influence health status, and the policy dilemma that broad interventions to improve population health may increase health disparities. We critically examine whether prevention is always better than cure, and what modern medicine has to offer in terms of health. We explore the public policy process in health using the "tobacco wars" as a case example, of how politics, policy, law, commercial interests, and research intersect to affect the public's health. We examine whether global health is in a state of decline, and the extent to which failures in public health, public policy, and foreign policy have contributed to increasing threats to world health. Likewise we will examine the potential for greater integration of health into foreign policy to create global infrastructure upon which to advance health. We will examine the global health workforce and the impact of widespread global migration of health professionals on receiving and sending countries. There are no prerequisites. The course is designed for graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences, health professions, public health, business and law. Advanced undergraduate students will be admitted with permission.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: NURS 640, PUBH 551

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 794 Practice with Older Adults and Families

This course focuses on practice with older adults and families within a life course and resiliency perspective. It examines the nature of the aging process, needs and life issues, the ways in which persons adapt to changes, and the ways in which interventions may assist with these adaptations. Students learn assessment, case management, and intervention skills, including the use of rapid assessment and diagnositc tools, needed to work effectively with older populations and family caregivers in a variety of community-based and institutional settings. The course emphasizes evidence-based practices that enhance quality of life, dignity, respect for differences, and maximum independent functioning.

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Clinical Practice Elective; Required for Penn Aging Concentration (PAC) students

SWRK 796 Family Economic Mobility

In this course, the experiences and voices of mothers, fathers, children, employers, children's school teachers, human service workers, job training providers, policymakers, and others in cities across America graphically illustrate the "real life" economic challenges facing today's families and organizations. These people, organizations, and policies dramatically show how economic, educational, and cultural practices and conditions intersect to perpetuate inequality among low-income and even many middle-income working families. The labor market, welfare and workforce programs, public schools and government are some of the institutions implicated in this intersection. In the course, notions such as "work ethic," "family-friendly workplace," "good jobs" and "hard work pays off" are deconstructed in terms of their meaning for today's families, organizations and policies. At base, this course examines occupational mobility in America from multiple perspectives within the broad framework of capitalism, democracy, race, ethnicity, and gender. Students read classic and contemporary literature from occupational social work, sociology, cultural antrhopology, and political science to explore generative roles and directions for "meso-oriented" clinical, macro, and policy professionals.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: Policy Option

SWRK 798 Advanced Topics

Titles and Topics vary. See department website for descriptions: https://www.sp2.upenn.edu/degree-programs/master-of-social-work/academics/cours e-descriptions/

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 803 History and Philosophy of Social Welfare

This seminar traces the evolution of social welfare from ancient to modern times focusing on its implications for the development of contemporary social welfare in the United States. The course examines the development of social welfare systems and the underlying philosophies inthe context of the social, economic, political, and cultural environments in which they emerged. Topics include the evolution of modern conceptions of the "welfare state,"the role of public, private and voluntary sectors in the social services, trends in social and family history and their relationship to social welfare, the professionalization of social work, and methods of historical and social policy analysis.

Taught by: Stern

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

Notes: PhD students only

SWRK 804 Methods of Inquiry:Quantitative Research Methods

The purpose of this course is to teach the basics of practice research, with an emphasis on intervention research. This course will focus on research ethics, building a conceptual framework, source credibility, question and hypothesis formulation, design, design, sampling, measurement, and scale construction and selection. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of designing feasible and practical research studies to answer questions of importance to social work practice. The course will emphasize the selection and development of outcome measures, intervention manuals, and fidelity measures. It will closely e xamine the use and development of practice guidelines, evidence-based practice and meta-analytic procedures.

Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in D.S.W. program.

Activity: Lecture

0 Course Units

SWRK 805 Methods of Inquiry: Qualitative Research Methods

This course will cover the essentials of qualitative research. Students will learn how to "situate themselves" in the research process so as to best capture the lived experience of the subjects under investigation. The course will explore the appropriate use of intensive interviews, grounded theory and ethnography. Mixed methods that employ both qualitative and quantitative approaches, will also be covered.

Prerequisites: SWRK 804. Must be enrolled in D.S.W. program

Activity: Online Course

1 Course Unit

SWRK 811 Social Theory

Course reading consists of the original works of theorists who offer classical, contemporary and postmodern perspectives on social thought, social interaction and issues germane to social welfare. Through intensive examination of multiple theoretical frameworks, students are expected to increase their analytical and critical orientation to theory. This ore nuanced understanding about epistemology, underlying assumptions, and theory construction can then be used to inform the student's substantive field of study and methodological orientation to research. This course is conducted in mixed lecture-seminar format. Students have the opportunity to practice pedagogical techniques and exercise class leadership.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 812 Clinical Theory I

The purpose of this course is to broaden and deepen participants' mastery of several theories of development, personality, and behavior that have contributed to social work's knowledge base across the decades and continue to inform clinical social work epistemology today. Drawing primarily from original sources, we will consider key assumptions, constructs, and propositions of each theory in terms of its congruence with social work's principles, values, and mission and in relation to the profession's person-in-environment perspective. In this first semester, we will study the evolution of theories central to psychodynamic thought, from Freud's early biological model of the mind, through various relational perspectives, to contemporary work in the fields of attachment and interpersonal neurobiology. This examination will constitute a case study of the manner in which theories are socially constructed and will lay the foundation for critical inquiry into the social and political biases inherent in the Western European intellectual tradition from which most theories of human behavior have emerged.

Prerequisites: Must be eEnrolled in D.S.W. program

Activity: Lecture

0 Course Units

SWRK 813 Clinical Theory II

This course critically examines theories, perspectives, and frameworks informing clinical social work practice. These theoretical perspectives provide means for practitioners to understand a client or client system in context and offer strategies for intervention. The course begins by considering the development of social work practice theory thematically and from a historical perspective. Practice theories that have contributed to the knowledge base of clinical social work practice will be examined within the social, political, and ideological contexts of their times and against the backdrop of the development of the profession. The course will explore debates within the profession (e.g., art vs. science; empirical practice vs. constructivism; what constitutes professionalism) and in related fields (modernism vs. postmodernism) and evaluate the discourse on these topics. As the course moves into contemporary times, recent developments in clinical social work practice theory will be examined. Attention will be paid to factors that influence clinical social work practice now and are likely to influence the profession in the future.

Prerequisites: SWRK 812. Must be enrolled in D.S.W. program.

Activity: Online Course

1 Course Unit

SWRK 852 Social Work Research

This is the foundation course in social work research. It deals with the nature of scientific inquiry; theory and its relation to research design and hypothesis testing; and various models of data collection, sampling, and analysis of research and is supported in following personal interests within the structure of ethical scientific research. Each student prepares an original study which demonstrates integration of the semester's work. Students learn to work on their own. At the end of SWRK 852, they are preapared for more advanced coursework in research.

Taught by: Solomon

Course usually offered in fall term

Prerequisites: Completion of concurrent enrollment in a course on introductory Social Statistics.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 853 Qualuative Research

This course offers the advanced graduate student an in-depth study of the theory and methods of interpretive qualitative inquiry. Topics include the philosophic assumptions and positions within qualitative research, design issues and alternatives, data collection methods, data sources, sampling, criteria for rigor, data analysis, and reporting strategies. Special attention will be given to grounded theroy, ethnography, and the analysis of interviews, as well as methods of identifying and engaging hidden populations. Students will have the opportunity to use qualitative research strategies in class and in field assignments. This course is intended for doctoral students in the social sciences. Master's students will be admitted with permission.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: SWRK 852 or an equivalent

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 855 Advanced Research Methods

The methodology of accountability research in human service programs is studied. Emphasis is placed on social program evaluation, idiographic research, and secondary data analysis in policy research as specialized methods of social work research. Students undertake a laboratory experience in an ongoing program evaluation project.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisites: SWRK 852 and Introduction to Statistics

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 861 Policy Analysis

This course examines alternative models of policy development and applies them to current issues in social welfare. It emphasizes frameworks for policy research and secondary analysis of governmental data. Topics include: race, class, and sex in policy outcomes; major social welfare programs; and the design, implementation, and evaluation of social service systems.

Course usually offered in spring term

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed a course in multivariate statistics

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 900 Clinical DSW

Topics vary; see dapartment for current course descriptions

Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in D.S.W. program

Activity: Seminar

0 Course Units

SWRK 968 Social Welfare and Social Economics

This course examines the social welfare aspects of major economic decisions in the United States. Particular attention is paid to exploring the implications of social choices in relation to the goals of the achievement of increased equity and equality in the distribution of income and power, the elimination of unemployment, and the control of inflation. The growth of public welfare programs and the base of funding for social services are examined in terms of the nation's economic and political objectives.

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

SWRK 995 Doctoral Dissertation

Doctoral Dissertation

Activity: Dissertation

1 Course Unit