MSW-SOCIAL WORK (MASTERS) (MSW)

MSW 500. Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy

3 Credits

An overview of social and economic problems in the United States and the historical and current social welfare policies aimed at alleviating these problems. Emphasis on developing an awareness and ability to change policies that impact vulnerable populations. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

MSW 503. Policy Analysis and Change

3 Credits

This course will emphasize policy practice focusing on policy analysis and creating and implementing policy change. Restricted to MSW majors.

Prerequisite(s): MSW 500.

MSW 509. Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest

3 Credits

Theoretical and sociohistorical perspectives on racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination and oppression. Cultural diversity, strengths, and Southwest and border issues are emphasized.

MSW 510. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3 Credits

The major theories of human behavior and the life span from conception to adolescence. Focuses both on the areas of concern and risk for client systems and on the opportunities and strengths in the social environment. Required. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite(s): Majors or consent of instructor.

MSW 514. Human Behavior & the Social Environment II

1-3 Credits (1-3)

The major theories of human behavior from young adulthood to old age. This course will focus on both areas of concern and risk for client systems and on the opportunities and strengths in the social environment. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite(s): MSW 510.

MSW 520. Social Work Practice I

3 Credits

This is the first course of a two-course sequence. An introduction to the generalist crosscultural, social work practice perspective with individuals and families, focusing on social work as a profession, social work knowledge base, professional development, relationship building and assessment with individuals and families within a framework of social work values and ethics. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Corequisite(s): MSW 549 or MSW 551.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MSW 510. Restricted to: MSW majors.

MSW 521. Social Work Practice II

3 Credits

This is the second course of a two-course sequence. A continuation of the generalist crosscultural, social work practice perspective with indivduals and families, focusing on goal setting, contracting, implementation, and outcome assessment. The course also applies the generalist practice perspective and methods to larger systems: groups, organizations, and communities and includes relationship building, assessment, goal setting, contracting, implementation and outcome assessment within a framework of social work values and ethics. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite(s): MSW 520.

Corequisite(s): MSW 550 or MSW 552.

MSW 524. Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals

3 Credits

This class builds on Foundation Year Practice courses (MSW 520, 521) by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with individuals. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 521.

Corequisite(s): MSW 554 or MSW 556.

MSW 525. Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups

3 Credits

This course will address the knowledge, values and skills needed to work effectively with diverse populations in group settings. The course will build on Foundation Year courses (MSW 520 and 521) by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with social work groups. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 521, MSW 551 or MSW 549, MSW 552 or MSW 550.

Corequisite(s): MSW 554 or MSW 556.

MSW 526. Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families

3 Credits

This class builds on Foundation Year Practice courses (MSW 520 and 521) by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying, and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with families. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: S WK,MSW majors.

Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 521, MSW 552 or MSW 550.

Corequisite(s): MSW 555 or MSW 557.

MSW 527. Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities

3 Credits

This class builds on Foundation Year Practice courses (MSW 520, 521) by integrating theory and practice, and advancing skills in selecting, applying, and evaluating practice interventions in a culturally sensitive manner with organizations and communities. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Prerequisite(s): MSW 520, MSW 521, MSW 524, MSW 525.

Corequisite(s): MSW 526,MSW 555 or MSW 557.

MSW 547. Social Work Mental Health Practice

3 Credits

This course is designed to add to the practice sequence for Masters Level students in Social Work. It addresses social work assessment of major mental health issues across the life span with an emphasis on resiliency and coping skills. Culturally responsive practices are applied to the major issues of mental health. Basic psychopharmacology, neurobiology and the ways in which Social Workers interact with clients to aid education and effective treatment of medical interventions will be a prominent part of this course. Evidence-based practices useful for work in various disorders will be incorporated. Restricted to: MSW majors.

MSW 549. Generalist Field Practicum A

3 Credits

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency, providing experiential instruction and learning; seminar required. Evaluation criteria for this course will include upholding social work practice standards for interpersonal and ethical conduct. Total of 225 hours in the field each semester is required. 3 credits each semester. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MSW 509, MSW 510, MSW 520. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

MSW 550. Generalist Field Practicum B

3 Credits

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency, providing experiential instruction and learning; seminar required. Evaluation criteria for this course will include upholding social work practice standards for interpersonal and ethical conduct. Total of 225 hours in the field each semester is required. Letter grade, 3 credits each semester. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MSW 500, MSW 521, MSW 560. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

MSW 551. Generalist Field Practicum I

6 Credits

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency, providing experiential instruction and learning. 225 clock hours required. Seminar required. Graded: S/U. Pre/

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MSW 509, MSW 510, MSW 520. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

MSW 552. Generalist Field Practicum II

6 Credits

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency. 225 clock hours required. Seminar required. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 551 or MSW 549.

Corequisite(s): MSW 500,MSW 521,MSW 560.

MSW 554. Advanced Generalist Field Experience I

6 Credits

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency providing experiential learning in advanced generalist practice. 250 clock hours required. Seminar required. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): MSW 552 or MSW 550.

Corequisite(s): MSW 524,MSW 525.

MSW 555. Advanced Generalist Field Experience II

6 Credits

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency providing experiential learning in advanced generalist practice. 250 clock hours required. Seminar required. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): MSW 554 or MSW 556.

Corequisite(s): MSW 526,MSW 527.

MSW 556. Advanced Generalist Field Practicum A

3 Credits

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency, providing experiential instruction and learning in advanced generalist practice: seminar required. Total of 250 hours in the field each semester is required. Letter grade, 3 credits each semester. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): MSW 550 or MSW 552.

Corequisite(s): MSW 524,MSW 525.

MSW 557. Advanced Generalist Field Practicum B

3 Credits

Supervised professional practice in a community social service agency, providing experiential instruction and learning in advanced generalist practice: seminar required. Total of 250 hours in the field each semester is required. Letter grade, 3 credits each semester. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): MSW 554 or MSW 556.

Corequisite(s): MSW 526,MSW 527.

MSW 559. Social Work Practice & Research for Advanced Standing

4 Credits

This course is required for all advanced standing students and targets provision of the conceptual orientation for the concentration year of the MSW program. The goal of this course is to enhance social work practice theory, knowledge and application skills as well as knowledge in preparation for concentration year courses in advanced generalist social work practice. The key themes and concepts presented, explored and analyzed in this course include: the fit between Social Work code of ethics and personal values and belief systems; analysis of theory, ethics, and conceptual frameworks for concentration year advanced evidenced based Social Work practice courses in diverse settings. Restricted to: MSW Advanced Standing majors.

MSW 560. Social Work Research I

3 Credits

Introduction to analytical skills used in social work research: problem formulation, research designs, measurement, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, use of human participants in research, and application of research knowledge and professional ethics to social work practice. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: MSW majors.

MSW 562. Social Work Reserach II

3 Credits

Focused on advanced generalist practice research in multicultural settings. Advanced skills to evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in multicultural settings. Needs assessment as well as program and practice evaluation are emphasized. Restricted to: MSW majors.

Corequisite(s): MSW 560.

MSW 566. Generalist Field Seminar I

3 Credits

The field seminar assists the student in fortifying a relationship between classroom knowledge and the field experience. In addition, it assists the student in the integration of social work practice processes in service planning and delivery. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MSW 551 or MSW 549, MSW 509, MSW 510, MSW 520. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

MSW 567. Generalist Field Seminar II

3 Credits

The field seminar assists the student in fortifying a relationship between classroom knowledge and the field experience. In addition, it assists the student in the integration of social work practice processes in service planning and delivery. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MSW 552 or MSW 550, MSW 521, MSW 560. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

MSW 568. Advanced Generalist Field Seminar I

3 Credits

The field seminar assists the student in fortifying a relationship between classroom knowledge and the field experience. In addition, it assists the student in the integration of social work practice processes in service planning and delivery. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): MSW 567 and MSW 552.

Corequisite(s): MSW 554 or MSW 556, MSW 524 and MSW 525.

MSW 569. Advanced Generalist Field Seminar II

3 Credits

The field seminar assists the student in fortifying a relationship between classroom knowledge and the field experience. In addition, it assists the student in the integration of social work practice processes in service planning and delivery. Restricted to: MSW majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): MSW 568 and 554.

Corequisite(s): MSW 555 or MSW 557, MSW 526 and MSW 527.

MSW 590. Family and Child Welfare Policy

3 Credits

This course will enhance students’ ability to offer child welfare services that respect cultural differences, reflect current policy knowledge concerning child maltreatment, build on the advocacy and protective capacities of individuals, families and communities and encourage permanency for children and preservation of families. Required basic knowledge of child welfare and assessment skills. Outside majors require instructor permission. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

MSW 591. Systemic Integration of Alcohol and Drug Issues

3 Credits

Capstone course for the alcohol and drug minor. Covers community, agency, and systemic facilitation of prevention and intervention services for substance-affected families.

Prerequisite(s): acceptance into minor or Instructor permission.

MSW 595. Independent Study

1-3 Credits

Individual study to augment depth of knowledge in area related to course of study. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MSW 597. Special Topics

1-3 Credits

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Open to graduate students in related disciplines and to community professionals in related disciplines and to community professionals in related fields. May be repeated for unlimited credit under different subtitles.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MSW 599. Graduate Thesis

6 Credits

Required for thesis option. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Restricted to MSW students.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.