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Course Descriptions

SWK-S 710 Social Work Theories of Human and Social Behavior (3 cr.)

This seminar focuses on the converging forces that have shaped the development, dissemination, and utilization of the human behavior knowledge base of social work. It specifically examines the social and behavioral science theory and research that provide the foundation for social work practice across a variety of system levels.

SWK-S 712 International Social Development in a Global Context (3 cr.)

This course is an advanced seminar for students interested in developing an indepth understanding of complex social problems in a global world. Students will have the opportunities to learn theories of development, critically analyze international agreements, and explore and appropriately use social development models.

SWK-S 718 Intermediate Statistics for Social Work (3 cr.)

Students will learn selected parametric and nonparametric statistics to examine research problems.  Included in the learning process are hand computations of statistics, development of skills in using a comprehensive computer statistics package, and selection of statistical techniques based on levels of measurement and analyses of the assumptions of statistics.

SWK-S 720 Philosophy of Science and Social Work (3 cr.)

This course examines the nature and sources of social work knowledge and considers a range of epistemological issues involved in the selection, development, evaluation, and use of knowledge for social work.

SWK-S 721 Preparing to Publish: Seminar in Advanced Scholarship Skills (3 cr.)

This course prepares doctoral students for academic scholarship.  Topics include expectations and standards for scholarly discourse, critical and analytic thinking skills, logical argument, scholarly writing for publication, and the development of a research agenda. Web-based peer and instructor review of successive drafts of writing April 26, 2012 19 assignments culminate in a synthesized review of literature.

SWK-S 724 Theory, Practice, and Assessment of Social Work Teaching (3 cr.)

This course prepares doctoral students to effectively and competently teach social work courses. Content includes teaching philosophies; curriculum and syllabus development; teaching methods; technology related to teaching; assessment, testing, and evaluation of students; and research related to teaching. Students will learn accreditation standards for bachelor’s and master’s social work education. Course goals will be accomplished using readings, written assignments, guest speakers, demonstrations of teaching, and class discussion.

SWK-S 725 Social Work Research Internship (3 cr.)

P: S 720; S 721, foundation statistics course, and at least one of the following: S 710; S 730; S 740 This supervised field internship provides practical experience in conducting research relevant to social work practice. Students participate in a new or ongoing faculty-supervised research project involving the design and implementation of a study, including the collection and analysis of data and the development of appropriate research reports.  Internship may be registered for up to three times.

SWK-S726 Advanced Social Work Research:  Qualitative Methods I (3 cr.)

Qualitative Methods I is the first of a two-course sequence designed to develop students’ knowledge and skills in design, methods, strategies, and the challenges of qualitative research. This purpose of this course is to understand the role of theory and to critically examine a variety of qualitative methods for data collection. Students will critically evaluate qualitative literature, research methods, and begin the process of framing a qualitative study.