Current Courses

The links listed below will show you all course offerings by semester for BASW, MSW, and PhD Programs, including Field courses and electives.

Download Social Work course offerings by semester:

For official course descriptions, visit the Office of the Registrar's online Course Catalog. This Catalog includes ALL of the School's classes, not just the ones being taught in a given semester.

Course descriptions for the Field Education Program can also be found here.

New Course Spring 2021

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SW 891-003: Social Work and Critical Pedagogy: A Collaborative Curricular Design Studio

This course uses an intensive design studio format to guide students through development of a graduate social work course dedicated to the intersections of social work and critical pedagogy. Each student will create and refine their own syllabus while identifying core topics and structures that will inform the development of a foundational social work course to be piloted in Fall 2021. In doing so, they will explore fundamental educational design practices while reviewing discipline-specific practices, texts, and research methods. This course is ideal for PhD students who would like to develop a syllabus for a teaching portfolio and second year MSW students interested in pursuing a PhD, but any MSW student interested in the topic is welcome.

The course blends synchronous and asynchronous work in Zoom and D2L. Class times: Fri., 3/12; Sat., 3/13; Sun., 3/14; Fri, 4/16 – 10am to 3pm

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SW 491-002: Family & Community Violence

A robust body of research and practice documents that family and community violence are widespread public health and human rights problems. This course focuses on the social epidemiology of family and community violence, as well as prevention of, and intervention for, interpersonal violence from a developmental, intersectional perspective. In this course, “family” is defined broadly to comprise any intimate relationship and “community” is defined broadly as a culture-sharing group.

We will address child abuse and neglect, bullying, adolescent and adult intimate partner violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment, and elder abuse. This course places special emphasis on how systems of privilege and oppression shape vulnerability to family and community violence, and systems response to survivors of family and community violence on macro, mezzo, and micro levels. Students will be challenged to critically think about and analyze the social, legal, political, and organizational factors affecting service delivery as well as methods employed in models of intervention and prevention of family and community violence.

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SW 491-003: Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice

This course examines key issues facing the modern American juvenile justice system including racial/ethnic, gender, and class disparities. Students will learn the history of the juvenile justice system, theories of delinquency, evidenced-based approaches to rehabilitation, and special procedures designed for youth also involved in the child welfare system. This course will present interdisciplinary social science research and provide examples of approaches to social work practice that address controversies in juvenile justice.