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Social Work Courses (SCWK) Graduate School of Social Work


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
SCWK 6600 Introduction to Social Work Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Starting with a discussion of its history and the relevance of values and ethics to its practice, the course takes up the various social work methods of dealing with individuals, groups, and communities and their problems. In addition to a discussion of the theories of human behavior that apply to social work interventions, the course examines the current policies and programs, issues, and trends of the major settings in which social work is practiced.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PSYC2200 SOCY5565

Comments: Available to undergraduate students

SCWK 7701 The Social Welfare System Spring 3
Course Description

The course explores current social welfare issues in the context of history and underlying political rationale and societal values. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between contemporary social welfare policy and social work practice. The course focuses on the historical, political, economic and other social conditions that influence policy development in the United States. Models of social welfare are presented and critiqued. Policy issues and programs that impact specific populations are explored with an emphasis on social and economic justice. The course content will be framed through the lens of distributive equity and social justice. Understanding how policy influences practice and how social workers can influence social welfare policy are examined.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Prerequisite for all other Policy courses.
Required of all M.S.W. students.

SCWK 7719 Independent Study:International Policy Fall/Summer/Spring 3
Course Description

An opportunity to pursue in more depth a comparative policy analysis that examines the social, political, ideological, and economic context of social welfare policies and programs, or examines alternatives in evaluating, formulating, and implementing social welfare polices and programs.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: SCWK 7701

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 7721 Human Behavior and the Social Environment Fall 3
Course Description

See course description in the Boston College School of Social Work.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PSYC7721

Comments:

SCWK 7722 Psychosocial Pathology Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

An examination of the etiology and identification of adult mental disorders utilizing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Focus is on psychological, genetic, and biochemical theories of mental illness; biopsychosocial stressors in symptom formation, assessment and treatment; cultural determinants in psychopathology; differential diagnosis; and drug therapies.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Clinical Social Work students; elective for others.

SCWK 7723 Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues Fall 3
Course Description

The course provides a critical perspective on current issues and problems in American racism, sexism, heterosexism, ablism, and ageism. These issues and problems are studied in the context of the dynamics of social process, historical and anthropological perspectives, and theories of prejudice and social change. Social work's responsibility to contribute to solutions is emphasized. Different models for examining the issues of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, and ability are presented.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS7493

Comments: Required of all M.S.W. students.

SCWK 7724 Neurobiology of Stress & Resilience in the Life Course Spring 3
Course Description

This course examines the ways in which stress poses risk to healthy biological, psychological and social development. Using life course perspective and ecological systems theory (micro through macro), the course also highlights the characteristics, relationships, and contexts that increase resilience at each life stage (in utero through end of life). Circumstances relevant to social work (including but not limited to prenatal stress, trauma, bullying, violence, poverty and homelessness) are examined through the dual lenses of stress and resilience. Neuroscientific, genetic and related biological research is emphasized in the course, however no background in biological sciences is required as a prerequisite.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Must complete pre-requisite SCWK 7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7725 Families Impacted by Military Service Summer 3
Course Description

This course explores how families are impacted by military service (FIMS) emphasizing the effects of military culture within which military families function. Stressors such as deployment, and the protective factors associated with military communities will be discussed. Attachment theory will be explored as it pertains to the loss and separation involved in long-term and sometimes repetitive deployment cycles. Substance use, anxiety, avoidance behaviors, and risk-taking behaviors will be discussed in terms of their impact on family life and family system functioning. Resiliency theory will be highlighted in terms of preventing or ameliorating post-deployment difficulties in families impacted by military service.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7726 Neuroscience of Human Relationships & Development Summer 3
Course Description

Following human development from conception to end of life, the course provides students with an introduction to key neurobiological aspects (such as brain development and genetics) of the life course. Special attention is paid to examining the association between neurobiology and the nested layers and relationships in which development unfolds, including family, school, community and wider society/policy. Concepts important to social work (including but not limited to attachment, trauma, stress, social relationships, emotions, health and mental health) are addressed within various stages of development. No background in the biological sciences is required.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7727 Substance Abuse: Alcohol and Other Drugs Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

A course providing an overview of alcohol/drug use, abuse, and addiction. Issues covered include high risk populations, poly-drug abuse, and families with alcohol-related problems. Several models and theories are examined and integrated with relevant treatment techniques and settings.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7728 Global Perspectives on Gender Inequalities Summer 3
Course Description

A course designed to investigate cross-cultural perspectives of gender inequalities and how these inequalities affect women's physical health, mental health, economic status, families, and general well-being. Beginning with a framework for studying gender and ethnicity that will enable comparative analysis of women's issues among different cultures, the course focuses on basic concepts and theories that help our understanding of gender and culture. In addition, students will learn how to access cross-national data and statistics on women's social, physical, and psychological well-being.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7729 Public Health Social Work Fall 3
Course Description

Public health social work (PHSW) emphasizes health promotion and prevention as well as targeting populations through population-based strategies. The course integrates research on health topics, populations, and settings to learn about the field of PHSW and application of skills to real-world problems. A life course perspective is used to discuss health behaviors and outcomes through all stages of development and across a range of settings. The aim of the course is to provide students a unique perspective on social work from the field of public health by focusing on health promotion, prevention, and reducing disparities at the population-level.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7733 Working with LGBTQ Youth, Families & Adults Summer 3
Course Description

This course blends macro and clinical practice in order to service LGBTQ people most effectively. Students will learn about policies, laws and societal narratives that impact LGBTQ people in both positive and negative ways. The course focuses on the integration of macro and clinical issues and best practice that respects all people regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. Particular attention will focus on developmental models of gender identity and sexual orientation.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7734 Leadership and Social Justice Seminar Spring 3
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: LAWS8804

Comments:

SCWK 7747 Research Methods in Social Work Practice Fall/Summer 3
Course Description

An introduction to research methods and statistical analysis of social work data. The course covers basic methods of social research including principles of research investigation, research design and problem formulation, survey methods, sampling, measurements, and the use of a statistical software package for descriptive and basic inferential statistics for data analysis and hypothesis testing.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Prerequisite for all advanced research courses.
Required of all M.S.W. students.

SCWK 7762 Basic Skills in Clinical Social Work Fall 3
Course Description

An overview of interventions emphasizing the multiple roles of a clinical social worker. Emphasis is placed on basic skills of intervention with individuals, families, and groups using the Assessment, Relationship, and Treatment (ART) model. Special attention is given to interviewing skills, data gathering, and psychosocial formulations. Various clinical practice models will be reviewed, including the strengths perspective, brief treatment, supportive treatment, and cognitive behavioral treatment. Students will learn how to conduct and write a psychosocial assessment.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of all M.S.W. students.

SCWK 7777 Services to Migrants: A Border Perspective Spring 3
Course Description

The right to migrate and protective stance of sovereign nations creates an inevitable conflict. Along the US border with Mexico there has arisen a variety of responses by government, religious and community organizations that seek to address various aspects of migration. This field based study of policy and services will seek understanding of the conflicts, explore the wants and needs of migrants, pursue the social policies that impact migration north from Central America and assess the range of human services and their outcomes in the Nogales AS corridor.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: SCWK7701

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7790 Global Citizenship: Interdisciplinary Seminar Fall 3
Course Description

Today’s world is a maelstrom of cultures, languages, races, issues, perspectives, hopes, and challenges. In this course, we will look at some burning issues of our time: e.g., poverty, ecology, migration, refugees. This exploration will be achieved in an interdisciplinary manner by combining the cross-perspectives of social work, law, and theology. Special attention will be given to 'agent' - the person called to face world issues through the existential notion of mission, values, and purpose/vocation. Consideration will be given to the situation of Haiti, where the whole class will travel over the winter break for a field trip.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Andre Brouillette, S.J., Margaret Lombe and Mary Holper

Prerequisites: Students who want to take this course and the field trip it entails will be interviewed. Requirement for STM students: one year of theological studies.

Cross listed with: TMST8078 LAWS7078

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7794 Immigrant and Refugee Issues in the United States Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

An overview of the prominent theories, major issues, and controversies in immigration policy is presented. While immigration has become a crucial concern of the American social welfare system as well as an issue of global urgency, immigration controls the fate of growing numbers of asylum seekers. The course will discuss the special needs and problems faced by immigrant and refugee clients and communities; adaptation and coping with a new culture; refugee experience; the impact of relocation on individuals, families, and communities; and a range of world view perspectives including acculturation & assimilation, biculturalism, marginality, and traditional ethnic identities.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 7797 Frameworks and Tools for Global Practice Summer 3
Course Description

An advanced course that prepares students for effective practice in a global context and covers three broad areas: a framework for the rights-based perspective; rights-based programming with reference to vulnerable groups; and building sustainable systems. Students will be exposed to rights-based approaches to social work practice mainly in countries of the global south. Areas of focus include working with vulnerable populations such as children in a variety of settings, gender issues, migration as well as working with various NGOs, governmental and United Nations systems. Emphasis will be placed on working with diverse client populations in each practice setting.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762 and SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for, and restricted to, Global Practice Field-of-Practice Concentration

SCWK 7799 Independent Study: Practice Sequence Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

A course offering the student an opportunity to examine in more depth a subject area that is not included in the school curriculum. The extent of that examination should be equal to the depth that is characteristic of a typical course. The subject must be of significance to the field of social work practice, transcending the distinction between macro and clinical social work.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762 and SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective for M.S.W. students.

SCWK 8800 Basic Skills in Macro Practice Fall 3
Course Description

A course designed to introduce students to specific knowledge and skills useful to achieve change in organizational and community settings. These include basic administrative skills, community needs assessment, strategic planning, community development, and advocacy for policy change.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of all M.S.W. students.

SCWK 8802 Policy for an Aging Society: Issues & Options Spring 3
Course Description

This advanced policy course provides an opportunity to examine how historical and contemporary forces and demographic change shape the perceived problems of the elderly, the politics of aging, and public policy responses. New questions are being raised about the cost of public and private retirement and health care commitments directed at the old and about the responsibilities of older Americans. The implications of the diversity (ethnic, racial, gender, health and economic status) of current and future cohorts of elders need to be understood to adequately plan service and policy responses to the aging of America.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK77701

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for Older Adults and Families Field-of-Practice Concentration; elective for others.

SCWK 8805 Policy Issues in Family and Children's Services Spring 3
Course Description

This course focuses on a critical examination of alternatives in formulating, implementing, and evaluating policies and programs in the area of family and children's services. Students will be informed about specific policies impacting children and families in the U.S., critically analyze how policies impact child and family well-being, and explore methods of advocating for effective policy development. Specific policy issues explored in the course include family legislation; welfare reform; balancing work and family; housing and homelessness; family and domestic violence; maternal, child, and family health; education; juvenile justice; cultural issues; immigration/refugees; and approaches in other nations.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7701

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for Children, Youth, and Families Field-of-Practice Concentration; elective for others.

SCWK 8806 Global Policy Issues and Implications Fall 3
Course Description

An advanced policy course that introduces approaches, issues, and competencies of global social work policy interventions. This course focuses on policy analysis in the context of world-wide poverty, underdevelopment, and sustainable development. In the context of social justice, equality, universal human rights and international collaboration (partnerships), it perceives global systems and their policies as both a challenge for a sustainable planet and for the growth of its interdependent national/local communities.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7701

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for, and restricted to, Global Practice Field-of-Practice Concentration.

SCWK 8808 Legal Aspects of Social Work Spring 3
Course Description

An examination of various areas of the law and legal implications of interest to social workers. The course provides a useful study of the framework of the American legal system, the process of litigation, and the constitutional principles of due process and equal protection. The seminar explores the interaction between social workers and lawyers by placing real life social work problems in a legal context. The format is designed to engage students in critical legal thinking and explore the relationship between social policy and the development of the law.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7701

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8817 Health and Mental Health Policy Spring 3
Course Description

An advanced policy course designed to provide students with a knowledge and skill base for analyzing and synthesizing the policy structures that undergird the U.S. health and mental health care system. General health indicators, prevalence of mental health conditions, health disparities, and general definitions and components of health/mental health are examined. The development and organization of health/mental health services and public and private financing of services are discussed. Finally, the contemporary and near future issues and conflicts regarding accessing care, the costs of care, and the quality of care are addressed.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7701

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for Health and Mental Health Field-of-Practice Concentration; elective for others.

SCWK 8819 Social Welfare Policy Sequence Independent Study Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

An opportunity to pursue in more depth either of the two Social Welfare Policy Sequence goals: (1) examination of the social, political, ideological, and economic context within which social welfare policies and programs are conceived and administered to meet social objectives and need; or (2) examination of alternatives in evaluating, formulating, and implementing social welfare policies and programs through an in-depth analysis of specific social welfare issues and their consequences upon human and social behavior and national priorities.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7701

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8822 The Impact of Traumatic Victimization on Child and Adolescent Development Spring/Summer/Fall 3
Course Description

A course that examines how stress, especially of a violent nature, can impact child and adolescent development. Exploration of selected theories and evidence-based practice will assist students in identifying skills necessary for effective clinical practice with children, adolescents, families, and communities coping with the consequences of traumatic exposure to violence. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the impact of exposure to the injured child and consider how their reactions may identify potential sources of lost empathy or uncover other personal vulnerabilities that might interfere with effective practice.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK 7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8823 Practice in Health and Mental Health Settings with Older Adults Fall 3
Course Description

An advanced course designed to develop micro and macro practice skills in working with older adults and their families in health and mental health settings. The course explores the biopsychosocial knowledge base required to develop effective interventions with specific foci on the physical and mental health considerations facing older adults and their families. Substance abuse issues and the special challenges of reaching a client population often invisible to service providers are discussed. The role of spirituality in older adults' lives and the challenges of death, dying, and bereavement facing the older adults are also covered.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762 and SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for Older Adults and Families Field-of-Practice Concentration; elective for others.

SCWK 8824 Practice in Home and Community Settings with Older Adults Spring 3
Course Description

An advanced course that explores the roles of micro and macro-level social workers with older adults in home and community settings. Beginning with a consideration of aging in place, the course addresses the person-in-environment challenges facing older adults living outside of institutional settings. Attention is given to protecting vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect, grandparents raising grandchildren, and older adults with disabilities. The course concludes with a discussion of the legal issues of competency, guardianship, and end-of-life decision-making while considering issues of diversity, including race, ethnic group, sexual orientation, and gender, that affect the appropriateness of services.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762 and SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8827 Contemporary Psychodynamic Theories Summer 3
Course Description

Beginning with a brief background on the historical precedents of psychodynamic theory, the course focuses specifically on the developments and critiques of the last 20 years as well as specific populations originally overlooked, misunderstood, or stigmatized by early psychodynamic theory, including current psychodynamic expansions and critiques of classic theories, relational theory, intersubjectivity, and feminist theory. The utility of each theory in the completion of biopsychosocial assessments will be demonstrated. Special attention will be paid to the current psychodynamic theory as it pertains to oppressed populations in terms of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8830 Social Work and Spirituality Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores spirituality as a core dimension of human development and as a necessary area of concern for social workers including non-religious expressions of spirituality as well as spirituality shaped by religious traditions. We will explore how spirituality contributes to optimal human development and, in particular, the power of spirituality to advance psychosocial competence, coping, and well-being. Although all students will explore common questions and topics students have freedom to responsibly shape their learning experience to advance their specific professional objectives.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Prerequisite is SCWK 7721

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 8831 Dying, Grief, and Bereavement Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Beginning with an overview of the social phenomena of death and how social attitudes and practices influence the environmental context in which death takes place in contemporary society, the course explores the influence of cultural diversity in the way death is experienced by diverse groups. The tasks of mourning following a person's death and the bereavement process present complex socio-emotional challenges for family and friends throughout the lifespan. Issues in self-reflection and self-care are presented to offer practitioners ways to grow personally and professionally through the process of their clients' losses.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8833 Leadership and Social Transformation Spring 3
Course Description

An overview of general principles of management, this course provide students with a broad understanding of theories of organizational functioning combined with a focus on leadership for change in organizations. The role of leader-manager is explored in three theoretical perspectives of organizations: the structure of human service organizations and requisite management skills; the human resource perspective and promoting the recruitment and development of people as a vital component of organizational functioning; and organizational change with emphasis on advocating for and sustaining change within human service organizations.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Macro Social Work students; Elective for others.

SCWK 8835 Veterans' Health and Mental Health Spring 3
Course Description

Social workers who understand issues that are unique to the military can comfortably engage with them and more effectively interact and treat this population. The health of veterans will be discussed in terms of the physical wounds of war such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and other service-connected injuries to the body. The invisible wounds of war will also be discussed in terms of the mental health needs that may surface from the experience of having gone to war. Post-traumatic stress will be explored in depth as both a normal reaction to the situation of going to war and as a complication with the readjustment to civilian life that requires sustained attention to non-threatening information in such places as family, work, and school. The challenges veterans face in the areas of unemployment, substance use, the criminal justice system, and family violence will all be discussed as well as changing macro-level policies around these issues.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8836 Psychodynamic Theories of Individual Development Spring 3
Course Description

An advanced course that provides an overview of the psychodynamic theories that best explicate individual psychological development over the life cycle from a biopsychosocial perspective, with attention given to sources of development of individual strength and resilience. These theories include drive theory, ego psychology, object relations, self psychology, and intersubjectivity theory. Students will begin to learn to critique and compare theories for their applications to, and usefulness for, social work practice as they reflect particular sets of values and intersect with ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, and other forms of diversity.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8839 HBSE Independent Study Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

An opportunity to pursue an in-depth study of some aspect of human behavior theory or knowledge. The study must be designed so that it contributes to the student's understanding of the individual, group, organizational, institutional, or cultural context within which human behavior is expressed and by which it is significantly influenced. The area of investigation must be of clear significance to the contemporary practice of social work. Any student who has successfully completed the foundation course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment is eligible to pursue independent study.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8841 Program Evaluation Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

An advanced course designed to provide students with the skills to carry out evaluations of programs and services. Major topics covered include types of evaluations, evaluation design and theory, measurement, sampling, data collection techniques, ethics and politics in evaluation, data analysis, and utilization of findings. Special attention is also given to social and economic justice, value, and ethical issues that arise in evaluation research.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7747

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of all M.S.W. students.

SCWK 8849 Independent Study in Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

An opportunity for students to engage in specifically focused work in one of two areas: the formulation, design, and implementation of an empirical study of the type not possible to operationalize within other course practicum opportunities available; or the in-depth study in a particular research methods area about which no graduate level courses exist within the University.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7747

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8850 Group Independent Study in Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

An opportunity for students to engage in specifically focused work in either of the following areas: (1) the formulation, design, and implementation of an empirical study of the type not possible to operationalize within other course practicum opportunities available; or (2) the in-depth study in a particular research methods area about which no graduate level courses exist within the School or the University. Independent study proposals must be submitted to the Associate Dean for review by Research Faculty at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to pursue the work.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7747

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8851 Policy Analysis Research for Social Reform Summer 3
Course Description

A seminar preparing students for practice-oriented policy analysis research roles. It offers advanced research content of particular use to administrators, planners, advocates, and others interested in participating in policy analysis and development efforts, particularly those related to vulnerable populations. It provides knowledge of and opportunity to apply the following: (1) the logic of inquiry into social policy issues; (2) policy analysis research methods (e.g., population projections, input-output analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis); and (3) writing skills and quantitative reasoning necessary to use data and policy research methods creatively in making effective policy arguments.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7701

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8855 Clinical Practice with Children and Families: Assessment, Intervention, and Evidence-Based Practice Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

An advanced clinical course intended to prepare students for effective practice with children, adolescents, and families. Building on foundation content, the course provides a comprehensive review of child and family development, reviews major theories and research literature concerning the evaluation and treatment of children and families, and examines how clinical social workers may effectively utilize evidence-based treatments to help youth and their families achieve their goals. Students will learn practice techniques of various evidence-based interventions.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Clinical Social Work students.

SCWK 8856 Clinical Practice with Adults: Assessment, Intervention, and Evidence-Based Practice Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

An advanced course focusing on effective interventions with common adult psychosocial disorders. Intervention methods, drawn from current practice evaluation literature, encompass a contemporary eclectic model incorporating cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and other relational thinking, practice wisdom, and empirical evidence in determining the most suitable intervention. Special attention is given to recognition of individual and demographic factors influencing clients, as well as their expectations and input concerning the selective invention. Class discussion draws on students' reading and field experience. Through the use of case studies, the course addresses strategies for practice evaluation.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Clinical Social Work students.

SCWK 8858 Clinical Practice in Schools Spring 3
Course Description

An advanced clinical course that provides a comprehensive overview of the necessary skills to prepare students for effective communication with teachers and school personnel as well as with diverse families on issues related to assessment, building family partnerships, family-based treatment, and multicultural issues. The course reviews assessment and use of state-of-the-art diagnostic testing instruments. Given the relationship between school social work and special education, students will be exposed to the diverse populations served in schools and learn how to engage in practice with children with a variety of issues, including learning, physical, behavioral, developmental, neurological, and emotional disabilities.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8859 Integrating Play in Therapeutic Settings Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

An advanced clinical course preparing students for effective practice with children, adolescents, and their families through the use of play therapy. Content includes a comprehensive overview of theories informing the practice of play therapy and specific play therapy techniques for effective assessment and intervention consistent with the theoretical perspectives presented. Effective individual, filial, and small group play therapy interventions focus on empirically-validated methods related to attachment problems, generalized anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Incorporated throughout discussion of theory, practice methods, and evaluation is thoughtful attention to the influence of culture, ethnicity, age, gender, and family structure in provision of competent services.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8860 Couples Therapy Summer 3
Course Description

An advanced course examining and analyzing theories, research, and interventions with couples. The use of cognitive, behavioral, emotion-focused, brief treatment, and skills-training approaches are critically evaluated. Research on their empirical bases is examined. Emphases include working with couples from diverse cultural backgrounds, practice with same-sex couples, and special issues such as living with chronic illness, poverty and economic stress, facing divorce, infidelity, interpersonal violence, and sexual dysfunctions. The course will describe how to adapt couple-based assessments and interventions to various settings, such as acute medical, psychiatric, and child-focused settings.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8862 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Spring/Fall 3
Course Description

An advanced practice course that integrates CBT theory, practical assessment tools, and treatment applications with work with children and adults. Lab skills classes will provide students with the opportunity to practice specific techniques. With an emphasis on the extensive literature supporting CBT as an evidence-based model, the course focuses on the CBT assessment and treatment of specific disorders, including anxiety, pain, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, substance abuse disorders, and personality disorders. The relevance of Cognitive-Behavioral practice with populations at risk confronting issues of age, race/ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, and disability will be addressed.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8864 Group Therapy Fall/Summer 3
Course Description

This course considers many applications of social work group treatment. Through a thoughtful review of selected group therapy literature, analysis of process recordings of group therapy sessions, lectures, class discussion, and/or role-play exercises, students will develop an appreciation of the unique ways in which group treatment can promote individual psychosocial competence. Students will develop skills in the practice of social work treatment.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7721

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8865 Family Therapy Fall 3
Course Description

An advanced course designed to integrate family therapy theories of practice and intervention techniques. Throughout the course critical issues relative to power, gender, and race will be interwoven with outcome effectiveness, research, and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on the adaptation of the family process to the stressors of chronic illness, aging, addictions, and interpersonal violence. The strengths and problems of minority families, families living in poverty, blended families, adoptive families, and families of same sex parents will be reviewed.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Clinical Social Work students in the Mental Health Field-of-Practice Concentration; elective for others.

SCWK 8867 Internal Family Systems Therapy: A Contemporary Approach for Working with Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups Spring/Fall 3
Course Description

This advanced clinical course focuses on the Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) into a comprehensive approach that includes guidelines for working with individuals, couples, families and groups. The IFS Model is a new synthesis of two already existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of minds. One major and unique contribution of IFS is the concept that it is the connection of the Self to the Parts that brings healing. The IFS Model offers a non-pathologizing approach to identifying and unburdening the faulty beliefs people carry from childhood trauma and troubling patterns of interaction and replacing them with Self-led resources.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Prerequisite for this course is SCWK 7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8868 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Fall/Summer 3
Course Description

This course is designed to instruct and prepare students to integrate and apply Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a comprehensive and flexible evidence-based treatment. Students will learn to conduct thorough risk assessments, develop crisis management plans, understand borderline personality disorder from the DSM-IV and DBT lenses, create a DBT theory-driven case formulation and treatment plan by stages and targets, observing dialectic dilemmas, balancing acceptance and validation, integrating communication styles, applying commitment strategies, conducting chain/solution analysis, implementing diary cards and collaboratively problem-solving with clients and peers. Students will learn the four DBT modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulation.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8869 Clinical Social Work Independent Study Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

An opportunity for those in the Clinical Social Work concentration to investigate one aspect of social work practice in-depth. The area of investigation must be of clear significance to contemporary clinical social work practice with individuals, families, or groups. Any clinical social work student may submit (in the prior semester) a proposal for independent study in the fall and/or spring semester of his/her final year.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8870 CSW Group Independent Study Fall 3
Course Description

A group independent study that offers students an opportunity to examine in more depth a subject area that is not included in the clinical curriculum.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 8872 Advanced Clinical Interventions with Children, Youth, and Families Fall 3
Course Description

An advanced clinical course focused on the development of specific intervention skills utilized with children and their families. Clinical practice skills in individual, family, and group treatments highlight prevention and intervention strategies that promote self-efficacy and resiliency. Specific skills include parent management training, parent-child interaction therapy, solution-focused therapy with children, adolescents, and their families, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and group therapy with children. Course structure will utilize experiential skills labs to promote student skill acquisition.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK 7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Clinical Social Work students in the Children, Youth and Families Field-of-Practice Concentration; elective for others.

SCWK 8873 Psychosocial Dimensions of Health and Medical Care Practice Fall 3
Course Description

An advanced course that utilizes the biopsychosocial model of assessment of individual and family response to illness. In addition, the course will address issues in behavioral and complementary and alternative medicine. The effect of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status on health, health care treatments, and health care availability to diverse populations will also be addressed. Finally, the importance of social work contributions to research in health care will be examined.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Clinical Social Work students in the Health Field-of-Practice Concentration; elective for others.

SCWK 8874 Adult Psychological Trauma: Assessment and Treatment Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

An advanced clinical course focusing on adults exposed to acute or chronic psychological trauma. Theoretical constructs stress an interactive approach: person, environment, situation. Emphasis is on the interconnections of intrapsychic, interpersonal, cognitive, and behavioral sequelae to catastrophic life events, with attention to socio-economic and cultural factors which influence an individual's differential response to trauma. Various methods are evaluated with the goal of multi-model treatment integration. Clinical presentations on specialized populations (e.g., combat veterans, victims of abusive violence, traumatic loss, disasters, people with AIDS, and the homeless) are used to integrate theory, research designs and strategies, and practice skills.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8876 Solution-Focused Therapy Fall/Summer 3
Course Description

An advanced clinical course focusing on time-effective treatments with individuals, families and groups. The course focuses primarily on Solution-Focused Therapy. Primary concepts include the paradigm shift from problem to possibility, the role of an active intentional clinician, and the careful use of language. Emphasis is given to the evaluation as key to the process, which involves building rapport, identifying a goal, and understanding the client's relationship to that goal. The course examines pivotal treatment strategies, including language, task setting, and creating hope in clients through our interventions.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8877 Narrative Therapy Summer 3
Course Description

This course focuses on narrative practice skills that are based on a belief in the power of the meaning-making systems. The course will examine models, research, and theoretical and clinical foundations of narrative therapy. Using lecture, discussion, and exercises, students will be introduced to various narrative therapy practices.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8880 Social Work Practice in Child Welfare Fall/Summer 3
Course Description

An advanced course designed to provide practice knowledge and skills for micro and macro interventions. Throughout the course the issues of poverty, diversity, and services for children of color are considered. Stressing the importance of providing services to children and families so that the family unit is preserved, issues related to family preservation, foster care, family reunification, adoption, legal issues, and emerging trends will be explored. The central focus will be on developing a solid foundation in child welfare policy and practice as a means to promoting a more responsive service delivery system.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK7762 and SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8881 School Social Work: Program Development & Educational Policies Summer 3
Course Description

An advanced course that provides a comprehensive overview of the history, theory, practice and policy of social work in an educational setting. Beginning with a historical perspective, this course is rooted in school social work principles that emphasize collaborative work with families, and school and community personnel, professional standards, and diverse practice roles. This course provides a comprehensive overview of education policy and the legal rights of students and their families. Special issues in school social work practice related to health, child abuse, school safety and violence, trauma, substance abuse, and high risk behavior are addressed.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8882 Social Services with Latino Populations in the United States Fall 3
Course Description

In this advanced seminar students will learn how different groups of Latinos in the United States understand what social benefits they are entitled to, how they experience the process of working with services providers, and how this process contributes to their empowerment and their incorporation in society (or lack thereof). Students will learn about best interventions and will acquire practical skills to provide services to different groups of Latinos and their families in the United States.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Must have prerequisite of SCWK 8800

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 8883 Creating and Sustaining Social Enterprises Fall 3
Course Description

This course has the dual goals of understanding the conceptual characteristics of “social enterprise” and the more practical objective of knowing how to create, implement, and sustain a program based on social enterprise principles. These goals are achieved through examining how social enterprise fits with important values, learning key models and considerations, and by creating a complete business plan for an actual social enterprise initiative. Students work in teams gathering essential information, formulating strategy, develop analytic tools, and create financial documents that provide a road map for a new revenue oriented program or service.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed SCWK 7701

Cross listed with:

Comments: Electives

SCWK 8884 Strategic Planning for Public & Nonprofit Organizations Fall 3
Course Description

Focusing on the strategic trends and issues which impact the public and nonprofit sectors, this course explores the role of strategic planning as a fundamental tool of public and nonprofit institutions to build high performance organizations, maximize organizational strengths, and enhance community problem-solving. Students will acquire practical skills through case study analysis and the development of a strategic plan.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8885 Management of Organizations Serving Children, Youth, & Families Fall 3
Course Description

An advanced practice course for macro students that emphasizes personnel management skills that promote employee well-being and organizational effectiveness, financial management skills including budgeting and cost analysis, and strategic fund-raising with a focus on revenue sources that support child and family services. Multiple theoretical approaches to leadership are examined, as well as organizational change, the supervisory process and the use of power and authority, and effective application of the diversity model for the inclusive workplace.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Macro Social Work students in the Children, Youth and Families Field-of-Practice Concentration; elective for others.

SCWK 8886 Financial Management and Resource Development Spring 3
Course Description

This required macro practice course prepares students to develop and manage appropriate resources for creating, supporting, and sustaining effective human service organizations. Managers must understand an organization’s financials to exercise fiduciary responsibility. In order to meet the mission, agencies also depend on effective and efficient direct care staff, supervisors and managers. If there is no money, there is no mission; and if there is not sufficient and motivated staff to perform their functions, human service organizations cannot be successful. This course concentrates on these two core aspects of human services management: understanding organizational finances and human resources management and development.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Macro Social Work students.

SCWK 8887 Global Child Protection Summer 3
Course Description

This course introduces the systems in which children, families, groups, organizations, and communities thrive and struggle in international settings. In particular the course focuses on child protection in the context of vulnerable international settings and complex humanitarian emergencies including famine, conflict and displacement. The role of social work and allied professions in such settings is explored with emphasis on the principle of ‘do no harm’. The International child protection policies of Governments, United Nations agencies and International Non-Government agencies will be presented and analyzed. Strategies for translating these policies into best practice will include identifying child protection concerns and developing rigorous international child protection programs.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Must have prerequisite SCWK 8800

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 8888 Community Organizing and Political Strategies Summer 3
Course Description

An examination of community organization and political strategies for mobilizing support for human services and other interventions that enhance social well-being, especially that of vulnerable populations. The course emphasizes skill development in strategies of community organization and policy change, including neighborhood organizing, committee staffing, lobbying, agenda setting, use of media, and points of intervention in bureaucratic rule making.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 8889 Social Innovation Spring 3
Course Description

Designed to prepare students with the skills to develop transformational responses to social problems through learning concepts related to innovation, needs assessment, and grant development, this course provides students with knowledge about how to create new, innovative responses to social problems and put these ideas into action. Students study examples of social entrepreneurship, learn how to assess social need, and develop new programmatic responses through grant-writing. Participation in the Social Innovation Lab allows students a first-hand look at innovation in action in existing non-profits and at how the redesign process promotes and supports new thinking.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Macro Social Work students.

SCWK 8897 Planning for Health and Mental Health Services Fall 3
Course Description

A course designed to introduce program planning, strategic planning, proposal writing, and state-of-the-art service delivery models. Significant emphasis will be placed on developing practical skills in the area of proposal development and program design through applying class material to practice through a major planning assignment. Skills to analyze critical issues in mental health and health care delivery, including system design and financing, are emphasized. Critical issues of access to health care, the crisis in health care, and managed care will be discussed and analyzed. Models of service delivery will be critically reviewed.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Macro students in Health and Mental Health Field-of-Practice Concentration; elective for others.

SCWK 8899 Macro Independent Study Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

An opportunity for Macro students to investigate one aspect of social work practice with groups or communities in-depth. In addition to being of interest to the individual student, the area of investigation must be of substantive import to the field and of clear significance to contemporary community organization and social planning practice. Any student who has successfully completed the first year program of Macro studies is eligible to pursue an independent study in the fall and/or spring semester of the second year.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK8800

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective

SCWK 9911 Doctoral Continuation Fall/Spring/Summer 1
Course Description

All students who have been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree and completed six (6) credit hours of dissertation-related course work, i.e., SCWK9995 and SCWK9996, are required to register and pay the fee for doctoral continuation during each semester of their candidacy until successfully defending the dissertation.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9995, SCWK9996

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9919 Field Education:Early Start Fall/Summer 0
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9921 Field Education I Fall/Summer 3
Course Description

Supervised learning and practice in the development of a generalist approach focusing on professional values, ethics, and micro and macro interventions based on theories of human behavior and the social environment. Two days per week in the first semester.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of all students.

SCWK 9929 Field Continuation Fall/Spring/Summer 0
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Department permission

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9932 Field Education II-CSW Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

Supervised learning and practice in the provision of individual, family, and group interventions with clients in a wide range of clinical settings. Two days per week in the second semester.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9921, SCWK7762, SCWK8800 (academic year)

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Clinical Social Work students.

SCWK 9933 Field Education III-CSW Fall/Spring 4
Course Description

Advanced learning and practice under the instruction of a qualified supervisor in a setting related to the student's major area of clinical interest. Three days per week in the third semester.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9932 and Advanced Practice Field of Practice Concentration course for Global Practice Concentrators.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Clinical Social Work students.

SCWK 9934 Field Education IV-CSW Spring 4
Course Description

Advanced learning and practice under the instruction of a qualified supervisor in a setting related to the student's major area of clinical interest. Three days per week in the fourth semester.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9933 and Advanced Policy Field of Practice Concentration course for Global Practice Concentrators.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Clinical Social Work students.

SCWK 9939 Field Continuation-CSW Fall/Spring/Summer 0
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Department permission

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9942 Field Education II-Macro Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

Supervised learning and practice in the development of change-oriented knowledge and skill. Through the staffing of task groups focused on community or administrative problem-solving, students learn about structure, function, and dynamics common to intra-organizational and community environments.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9921

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Macro students.

SCWK 9943 Field Education III Macro Fall/Spring 4
Course Description

Advanced learning and practice which emphasizes knowledge and skill in community organization, planning, policy, and/or administration. Each student is responsible for leading at least one major project and submitting a written final report. Three days per week in the third semester.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9942 and Advanced Practice Field-of-Practice Concentration course for Global Concentrators.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Macro students.

SCWK 9944 Field Education IV Macro Spring 4
Course Description

Advanced learning and practice that emphasizes knowledge and skill in community organization, planning, policy, and/or administration. Each student is responsible for leading at least one major project and submitting a written final report. Three days per week in the fourth semester.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9943 and Advanced Policy Field-of-Practice Concentration course for Global Practice Concentrators.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Macro students.

SCWK 9945 Global Field Education Fall 3
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9949 Field Continuation-Macro Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Department permission

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9951 Survey of Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Science Fall 3
Course Description

The course surveys research methods in the social and behavioral sciences, including theoretical and conceptual approaches to research problem formulation; research design, including experimental, comparative, and survey; sampling; statistical methods; and methods of observation and common techniques of data analysis. The course provides a framework for evaluating social science research codifying methods for gathering scientific evidence, explicating criteria by which to evaluate scientific evidence, and developing techniques for evaluating scientific evidence in the published literature. These tools will be applied to a group of case examples of research in social and behavioral science.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9952 Tools for Scholarship in Social and Behavioral Sciences Fall 1
Course Description

The purpose of the Tools for Scholarship is to provide first year social work doctoral students with opportunities to become familiar with ethical expectations for writing and research established by the academic community, in general, and by the profession of social work, specifically. In addition, students are introduced to resources available to them through Boston College, including the Boston College Library Systems as well as the BC Office for Research Integrity and Compliance. Upon completion of this course, students will have developed the skills and competencies needed for them to continue with the doctoral studies in an efficient, effective, and ethical manner. Students are expected to master APA formatting and to use APA formatting for all courses offered by the BC School of Social Work. It is a one credit course and will be graded as Pass/Fail.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9953 Cross-Cultural Issues in Social & Behavioral Research Fall 3
Course Description

Increasing diversity presents both challenges and opportunities to social and behavioral researchers. This course explores current scholarship relevant to age, gender, immigration, race-ethnicity, and social class and examines how these concepts as processes impact multiple levels of social and behavioral functioning. The multicultural concepts are analyzed in relation to their theoretical and empirical base with the purpose of identifying social and behavioral research methods that are cross-culturally sensitive. Additionally, the course emphasizes methods of establishing and assessing cross-cultural equivalence in measurements of key social and psychological constructs.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9954 Models of Social Welfare Intervention Research Spring 3
Course Description

The major emphasis of this course is on research methods that seek to design, test, evaluate, and disseminate innovative social work intervention technologies. The course scrutinizes social and behavioral theories for how they can be tested in practice settings and how research designs generally need to be tailored to accommodate practice environments. The course addresses special issues related to data collection for practice settings including human subjects protection, confidentiality, and the development of valid and reliable measurement tools.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9956 The Dialectics of Social and Behavioral Theory Spring 3
Course Description

In this course, students will read selected original publications of classical and contemporary theorists in psychology, sociology, political science, urban planning and community development, and economics. They will consider how theories which are foundational to different disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences can inform their studies and predict empirical findings. The theories selected for examination in the course will include: theories of identity and stigma, social integration theories, exchange theory, conflict theories, theories of social integration; critical race theory, role theories, rational choice theory, life course theories, role theories, social justice theories, theories of social change and, and epidemiology. The students will use the assumptions of different theories to prepare three papers, each of which will examine a single issue from a different perspective.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of Social Work required

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9957 Tools for Research in Social & Behavioral Sciences Fall 1
Course Description

The purpose of The Tools for Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences course is to prepare first year social work doctoral students to use online resources, such as archived data sets, and software packages that can be used to conduct quantitative and qualitative studies. Students are expected to become familiar with ICPSR plus the fundamentals of software packages including: qualtrics, PSPP, Stata, R, and at least one software package that can be used for qualitative analysis. This course is a 1-credit course and is graded as Pass/Fail.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of Social Work required

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9959 Doctoral Publishable Paper Writing Project Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

Individualized writing project for doctoral students to develop a publishable manuscript under faculty supervision, enabling the student to integrate and apply analytic research skills developed in prior courses. The paper must demonstrate the student's mastery of a behavioral or social science theory and related methods of scientific inquiry. The paper will be evaluated by a faculty review committee appointed by the chair of the doctoral program.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9960 Regression Analysis for Social & Behavioral Sciences Spring 3
Course Description

This course assumes knowledge of basic statistical concepts used in social research including centrality and dispersion, correlation and association, probability and hypothesis testing, as well as experience of using common statistical package such as SPSS, SAS or STATA. The course will focus on regression-based methods for analyzing quantitative social and behavioral science data using STATA. The topics include multiple regression analysis, major regression diagnostics, and logistic regression analysis for categorical dependent variables.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9961 Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling Summer 3
Course Description

The course assumes knowledge of multiple regression analysis. This course will use Lisrel-8 and cover matrix algebra, exploratory factor analysis (EFA), path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), general structural equation modeling (latent and measurement models combined), and multiple sample analysis.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: SCWK9960 Regression Analysis for Social and Behavioral Sciences

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9962 Multilevel and Longitudinal Data Analysis Spring 3
Course Description

The course assumes knowledge of multiple regression analysis. An advanced statistics course that will cover two related topics: Multilevel data analysis using HLM 6 and panel data analysis using STATA. The first topic will cover two-level models for continuous and dichotomous outcomes, three-level models, and growth curve models. The second topic will cover fixed and random effects models, GEE models, and mixed models.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: SCWK9960 Statistical Analysis for Social Work Research or equivalent

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective for Doctoral Students

SCWK 9964 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis Fall 3
Course Description

This course introduces basic statistics and practical applications of data analysis in social work research and evaluation. The course aims to teach students pragmatic tools for assessing basic statistical analyses. Students will learn: (1) descriptive statistics including measures of central tendency and variability; (2) hypothesis testing using chi-square, t-tests, one way ANOVA, correlation, and simple regression; (3) presenting and interpreting statistical results, and (4) using SPSS statistical package for data analysis. Other topics will be covered are data acquisition/management, data cleaning, data transformation, and introduction to SAS and Stata statistical packages. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to think critically about data and apply standard statistical to describe the data and to draw conclusions from such analyses.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of Social Work required

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9971 Doctoral Group Independent Study Spring/Fall/Summer 3
Course Description

This elective offers students the opportunity for an in-depth examination of a substantive topic that is not comprehensively addressed by other required or elective doctoral courses. The topic is considered from either a theoretical, policy and/or research perspective. The topic area should have direct and substantial relevance to social work research, social work education, evidence-based practice, and/or social policy analysis. A course syllabus should be submitted to the Doctoral Program Director prior to registration.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of Social Work required

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SCWK 9973 Theories and Research in Behavioral Sciences Fall 3
Course Description

The purpose of this course is to help each students develop her/his critical thinking skills for analyzing and developing theories regarding human development and behavior change processes in their chosen area of the social sciences. Theoretical formulations concerning interacting biological, psychological and social/environmental risk and resiliency factors are the foundation upon which psychosocial theories, assessment and problem analysis are based. The goal of this course is to provide students with the skills to critically analyze and develop a theoretical model in a subject area of their choosing, and to that end, provide a foundation for conducting advanced doctoral level research.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9980 History and Philosophy of Social Welfare in U.S. Fall 3
Course Description

This course surveys the history of social welfare institutions and social work practice in the United States. It reviews efforts to conceptualize the field of social welfare and to analyze its tendencies. The course examines applicable social and behavioral theories and pertinent research of the different components of the social welfare system. Social welfare policies and organizational forms are examined within context of economic, political, social, philosophical, and scientific climate of the period.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of Doctoral Social Work students. Elective for Doctoral Social Welfare students.

SCWK 9990 Doctoral Independent Study Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

Individualized study for a student or small groups of students in an area that is not fully covered in existing courses. Specific guidelines available from Doctoral Program chairperson.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective for doctoral students

SCWK 9991 Doctoral Teaching Practicum Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

Experience in the teaching of practice theory and skills, such as classroom instruction, consultation, supervision, or staff development, with a faculty mentor from the Boston College School of Social Work who will assist the student with skill development in teaching and with the understanding of theory related to teaching. Specific guidelines available from the Doctoral Program chairperson.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9992

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective for doctoral students

SCWK 9992 Theories and Methods of Teaching in Professional Education Spring 3
Course Description

Effective teaching in social work education requires an understanding of the components of curriculum building and professional practice skills required by the Council on Social Work Education. Based on a strong theoretical base in the principles of adult learning, this course is designed to introduce the student to the theory and methods of professional social work education with a concentrated focus on course design and classroom execution. A broad range of specific teaching techniques are presented along with the means by which to evaluate student performance and learning.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9993 Doctoral Research Internship Fall/Spring/Summer 1
Course Description

Supervised study and training through participation in on-going research project or one initiated by students and carried out under faculty supervision, enabling students to apply research skills developed in prior courses.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9951

Cross listed with:

Comments: Elective for doctoral students.

SCWK 9994 Integrative Dissertation Seminar Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

The purpose of this seminar is to further develop research skills by integrating issues of research design with measurement, data analysis, and report writing, with the goal of preparing students for their own dissertation research by directly addressing issues related to the development of a dissertation prospectus.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all Doctoral Students

SCWK 9995 Dissertation Direction I Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

First of two tutorials in the six-credit dissertation phase of the program. Specific guidelines available from the Doctoral Program chairperson.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9994

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required for all doctoral students.

SCWK 9996 Dissertation Direction II Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Second of two tutorials in the six-credit directed dissertation phase of the program. Specific guidelines available from the Doctoral Program chairperson.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: SCWK9995

Cross listed with:

Comments: Required of all doctoral students.