Social Work 785

SOWK 785: Integrative Seminar

Prerequisites: All core courses of the MSW program

Credit Hours: (3)

Social Work 785 is the synthesis of all courses in the MSW program. This capstone course is designed to facilitate the integration of theory, practice, policy and research through the lens of community-based family practice

Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course provides a culminating experience for the graduate social work student and it is designed to facilitate the integration of the entire MSW curriculum. The use of the skills of critical exploration, analysis, and synthesis are central to the educational experience in this seminar. Through the conceptual lens of Community Based Family Practice (CBFP) students will synthesize what they have learned throughout the curriculum, both individually and in groups, in order to deepen their evaluation of practice and engage in the process of ongoing knowledge building. In this shared learning experience, the integration of theory, practice, policy, and research is applied to a research topic. Issues of social work values and ethics, social and economic justice, populations at risk, and diversity are integral to the course.

Goals and Objectives of the course

Educational Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Integrate the components of theory, practice, policy, and research when analyzing complex issues
2. Apply theory, practice, policy, and research to a problem of significance for social work practice
3. Critically analyze and apply theories and models of social work practice from the viewpoint of Community Based Family Practice perspective
4. Evaluate social work theory and policy, research, and practice dilemmas through a multicultural lens
5. Exhibit the skills for lifelong learning, including the ability to evaluate and apply practice research
6. Demonstrate the ability to write professionally and engage in peer review
7. Explore professional issues including professional ethics and commitment to the profession

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods will include, but not be limited to: Short lectures, classroom and peer feedback, mentoring, and individualized consultation will be utilized along with collaborative small group work.

Assessment Measures

Grades will be based on the satisfactory completing of all course requirements, which may include but are not limited to: interim projects, a final paper and an oral poster presentation.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

March 5, 2013

February 1999 Course number change from 685 to 785