Department of Family Studies and Social Work

For information, contact the Department of Family Studies and Social Work, 101 McGuffey Hall or call 513-529-2323.

The identified areas of focus of this department are:

  1. examining and fostering understanding about the concepts "person in the environment" or "development in context;"
  2. fostering increased understanding and the development of strengths in individual development, diverse families, and communities;
  3. examining families with adolescents and the particular challenges faced by diverse families during this phase of development;
  4. creating knowledge and fostering understanding about how diverse families and communities face stressful circumstances and become resilient in the face of transitions and crises;
  5. promoting family life education, as well as evaluation, service, and policy research that enhances the well-being and relationship strength of individuals, families, and communities; and
  6. promoting knowledge about and developing prevention, intervention, and social justice strategies for individuals, families, and communities.

Two degree programs in the fields related to families and social work are offered. Each major combines courses in the social sciences, natural sciences, and specialty areas to prepare students for professional careers in a variety of fields including family life education and social work. Opportunities for fieldwork and community service are integral to both degree programs.

The National Council on Family Relations verifies that Miami's undergraduate  in Family Studies provide course work meeting all standards and criteria needed for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator designation. The Council on Social Work Education has accredited the undergraduate social work program.

Family Life Education Certification

Upon completion of the Family Studies major, graduates may be eligible to apply for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator from the National Council on Family Relations (www.ncfr.org). This certification emphasizes academic preparation and experience to enable individuals

to design and implement curricula, workshops, and other family life education programs. The approved courses that fulfill the requirements of the academic training to become a Family Life Educator include:

Families in Society
FSW 261Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle3
Internal Dynamics of Families
FSW 451/FSW 551Family Violence3
FSW 475/FSW 575Family Theories3
Human Growth and Development
GTY 466/GTY 566Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging3
or FSW 466/FSW 566 Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging
FSW 245Children and Families: Ages Conception - 123
FSW 481/FSW 581Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-253
Sexualities
Select one of the following:3
Family Life Sexuality Education Across Cultures
Sexualities
Interpersonal Relationships
FSW/WGS 361Couple Relationships: Diversity and Change3
Family Resource Management
FSW 495/FSW 595Advanced Survey of Family Science3
FSW 362Family Poverty3
Parent Education and Guidance
FSW 245Children and Families: Ages Conception - 123
Family Law and Public Policy
FSW 206Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups4
or FSW 462/FSW 562 Family Policy and Law
Ethics
FSW 494/FSW 594Internship with Families and Children2-6
Family Life Education Methodology
FSW 418/FSW 518The Family Life Education Process3
Total Credit Hours42-46

Students are required to complete an internship that involves a minimum of 120 clock hours of direct contact focusing on family life education practice.

Family Studies and Social Work Courses

FSW 142. Exploring Helping Professionals. (3) (MPF)

The course provides an introduction to various helping professions. Students will explore the history of the helping relationship, the professionalization of helping, and current influences of technology, managed care, and models of service delivery on professional helping. Students will examine characteristics of a helping professional, two major approaches to helping, and techniques for self- care and managing interpersonal relationships. IIC.

FSW 177. Independent Studies. (0-5)

FSW 201. Introduction to Social Work. (3)

Provides an introductory understanding of human needs, social values, ideologies and institutional structures that have shaped the evolution of social welfare values and responses in America. The development of social work as a profession closely parallels the development of the social welfare system as we know it today. Traces the development of social welfare needs and the response of the social work profession.

FSW 206. Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups. (4) (MPF)

Critical analysis of historical and current interactions of social welfare policies, programs, and services with diverse recipient populations. Attention given to contexts in which social welfare has been developed and provided. IC, IIC.

FSW 207. Serving and Supporting Children, Youth, and Families I. (4) (MPT)

Introductory analysis of relationships among the conditions, characteristics, and capacities of children, youth, and families (especially those labeled "at risk") and the institutional services and supports intended to improve their well-being. Emphasis placed upon question-finding in different contexts, especially the ways in which the knowledge we claim and the solutions we offer are dependent upon our analytical frames and language.
Cross-listed with KNH 207.

FSW 208. Serving and Supporting Children, Youth, and Families II. (5) (MPT)

Focuses upon children, youth, and families experiencing needs, problems, and crises. Today's institutional services and supports are analyzed and evaluated both in class and in educational, health, and social service agencies. Students shadow helping professionals in these agencies during directed field experiences.
Cross-listed with KNH.

FSW 221. Sexualities. (3)

Introduction to the study of human sexual behavior with particular attention paid to the issues of gender development; premarital, marital, and post-marital sexual patterns; birth control; sexual dysfunction; cross-cultural sexual patterns; and alternative sexual lifestyles.
Cross-listed with SOC/WGS.

FSW 225. Family School and Community Connections. (3)

This course focuses on the theory and practice of joining families, communities, and schools to support student learning, development and success in education. Strategies to improve communication and collaboration are emphasized with a focus on family types, cultures, economic conditions, school systems, community services, political forces, advocacy groups, and other factors that impact children and their families.
Cross-listed with EDT.

FSW 242. Family Decision-Making and Resource Management. (1)

Explores individual and family/household decision-making behaviors throughout the lifespan related to the acquisition and allocation of resources in socially responsible ways. Examines the relationships between human needs, values, attitudes, and family/household characteristics and dynamics in individual and family decision-making. Emphasis is placed on families/households, as producing and consuming units, and their efforts to achieve their goals in global and environmental contexts. Attention is given to the roles of family life educators and other helping professionals in guiding individuals and families/households toward optimal well-being and quality of life as it relates to families' management of resources.

FSW 245. Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12. (3) (MPF)

Students in this course will examine the developmental contexts and theoretical perspectives of working with children and families. They will conduct in-depth analyses of the complex relationships between school, community and family resources in an educational setting. IIC.

FSW 261. Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle. (3) (MPF, MPT)

Introduction to and survey of the diversity of family systems. Emphasizes the North American experience while drawing upon global understandings. Covers the nature of family systems and how these may vary by social class, ethnicity, urban-rural residence, and other aspects of sociocultural context. Stresses how family systems change across their life span, as well as how individuals experience different family systems in their life spans. IIC.

FSW 277. Independent Studies. (0-5)

FSW 281. Child Development in Diverse Families. (4) (MPT)

Study of physical, cognitive, and affective development of children from birth to 12 years; observation and application of principles in family, community, and educational settings.
Prerequisite: three hours in a social science.

FSW 283. Introduction to Child Care Administration. (3)

This course is intended for persons intending to work with young children and their families in a variety of child care settings and will focus on the development of knowledge and skills in understanding various aspects of child care administration and management.

FSW 293. Field Placement: Infant/Toddler Setting. (3)

Course designed for students who are assuming teaching responsibilities for an extended period of time under guided supervision in an infant/toddler program.
Prerequisites: FSW 382; C- in EDT 273 & 274, EDP 201, & FSW 245.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EDT 246 and EDT 272.

FSW 294. Field Placement - Preschool Setting. (3)

Course designed for students who are assuming teaching responsibilities for an extended period of time under guided supervision in a preschool program.
Prerequisites: C-or better in EDT 273 & 274, EDP 201, & FSW 245.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EDT 246 and EDT 272E.

FSW 295. Research and Evaluation Methods. (4)

Techniques needed to understand and evaluate research within social work and family studies are explained. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to gathering and interpreting data are addressed.
Cross-listed with KNH.

FSW 306. Social Work Practice I. (4)

Prepares students for generalist baccalaureate- level social work practice. Built on a foundation of liberal education courses and introductory-level social work courses in human behavior in the social environment and social welfare. Focuses on the knowledge and skills of the social work process. Specific attention given to microlevel systems, emphasizing the interactions of micro systems with mezzo- and macro-level systems.
Prerequisite: ECO 201, FSW 201, SOC 151, PSY 111, and BIO 161 (each completed with a grade of C or above), FSW 261, and social work major status.

FSW 309. Social Welfare Policy II. (3)

Promotes knowledge of the nature and impact of policy decisions on the social welfare of diverse groups. Special attention given to disenfranchised, oppressed, and impoverished groups. Students acquire beginning skills in policy practice and value-driven advocacy.
Prerequisite: FSW 206.

FSW 312. Human Behavior in the Social Environment. (3)

Examines diverse human behavior through an integration of various theoretical perspectives using a social systems approach. A social systems approach provides a framework to view individuals in the context of the family, groups, organizations, communities, and institutions. Integrates knowledge and develops a foundation necessary for social work practice and social work field experience.

FSW 318. Child Life Theory and Practice. (3)

This course provides students with an intentional and guided examination of their leadership identity. Over the course of the year, students will participate in leadership development and reflection activities grouped within four domains of exploration: Self, Others, Knowledge and Experiential. Students will draw from these domains to develop a personal leadership philosophy that can help guide their future leadership activities. The course activities are completed in a self-paced format and complemented by monthly seminar meetings. Students must be accepted into the Wilks Leadership Certificate Program.
Prerequisite: FSW 245.

FSW 361. Couple Relationships: Diversity and Change. (3)

Investigation of intimate couple relationships in their many diverse forms. Focuses on social and psychological factors influencing development and maintenance of such couple relationships as dating, cohabitation, and marriage. General principles are discussed as well as factors that are more specific to certain age groups, relationship types, or sociocultural settings. IC.
Prerequisite: three hours of social science.
Cross-listed with WGS.

FSW 362. Family Poverty. (3)

Examines definitions, theories, causes and consequences of family poverty in the U.S. Identifies the extent and degree of U.S. poverty and demographic characteristics of those who are poor or likely to become poor. Consideration given to programs that reduce poverty and/or its negative effects, including those practiced in the past, those now practiced, and those that offer promise for improving the economic and social status of those who are poor. Costs and benefits of welfare and welfare reform and strategies for preventing poverty among future generations also discussed and evaluated. IC.
Cross-listed with BWS and SOC.

FSW 363. Sociology of Families. (3)

Analysis of the impact of social change on family systems and patterns, structures, dynamics, and social policy, with emphasis on differences by social strata and culture.

FSW 365. Family Life Sexuality Education Across Cultures. (3) (MPT)

Addresses cultural issues related to sexuality education, sexual behavior, and sexual identity. Comprehensive overview of the biological and social aspects of human sexuality, specifically directed at training for family life educators. Differences in cultural background are examined and presented as powerful educational tools to be applied toward the improvement of communication about sexuality. Presents a variety of teaching strategies for different age groups, which will meet licensure requirements for family life educators.

FSW 377. Independent Studies. (0-5)

FSW 381. Parent-Child Relations in Diverse Families. (3) (MPT)

Introductory course examining parenting responsibilities and skills to explore knowledge concerning parenting, to examine structure of families as it relates to parenting, and to examine parental behaviors, styles, and relationships.

FSW 382. Infant and Toddler Caregiving and Supervision. (3) (MPT)

For those who plan and provide care for infants and toddlers in families and in various types of child care settings. Concepts in care provided with activities to help students develop caregiving knowledge and skills.

FSW 406. Social Work Practice II. (4)

Prepares students for generalist baccalaureate- level social work practice. Built on a foundation of liberal education courses and introductory-level social work courses in human behavior in the social environment and social welfare. Focuses the knowledge and skills of the social work process with specific attention to groups and community.
Prerequisite: FSW 306 and social work major status.

FSW 411. Senior Field Experience I. (6)

Provides social work majors with the opportunity to integrate and apply liberal education foundation and generalist social work knowledge and skills gained in the classroom by practicing with various sized systems, including individuals, families, groups, agencies, communities, and institutions.
Prerequisite: Social Work major status and permission of instructor.

FSW 412. Senior Seminar in Social Work I. (2)

Provides opportunity to continue the integration of liberal education requirements and social work courses with field experiences.
Co-requisite: FSW 411.

FSW 413. Senior Seminar in Social Work II. (2)

Provides opportunity to continue the integration of liberal education requirements and social work courses with field experiences. Focuses on experiences and knowledge regarding macro-level systems, however, students are expected to integrate and apply generalist social work knowledge and skills with multi-level, diverse systems.
Co-requisite: FSW 411.

FSW 414. Senior Field Experience II. (6)

Provides social work majors with the opportunity to integrate and apply liberal education foundation and generalist social work knowledge and skills gained in the classroom by practicing with various sized systems, including individuals, families, groups, agencies, communities, and institutions.
Prerequisite: Social Work major status and permission of instructor.

FSW 418/FSW 518. The Family Life Education Process. (3) (MPC)

In-depth examination of family life education process. Students gain understanding of educational principles to develop curricula for various family life education settings. Program design, delivery, and evaluation are covered.
Prerequisite: FSW 295 or SOC 262.

FSW 442/FSW 542. Family Resource Management Education and Advocacy. (3)

In this course students will engage in critical analysis while exploring individual and family-level goal setting and decision-making with regard to the identification, development, acquisition, and allocation of resources (e.g., time, energy, friends, neighbors, natural environment, money, material assets, and space). The processes by which families manage their resources are complex and often influenced by many factors including but not limited to, relationships with current and past family members; the political, economic, and social environment; interactions with available resources in their community; and patterns of interaction within and between family members and others outside the family.
Prerequisite: FSW 261 or FSW 225.

FSW 450/FSW 550. Special Problems. (1-4; maximum 8)

Various topics offered across semesters, professors, or sections.
Prerequisite: upperclass or graduate standing in family studies and social work.

FSW 451/FSW 551. Family Violence. (3) (MPC)

Analysis of research and theory on family violence, physical abuse of children, sexual abuse, neglect, premarital abuse, wife abuse, gay/lesbian battering, elder abuse, prevention and intervention. Basic framework is ecological/feminist, emphasizing an examination of family dynamics as well as broader historical, social, and patriarchal contexts.
Cross-listed with SOC/WGS.

FSW 462/FSW 562. Family Policy and Law. (3)

Examines family policies related to U.S. families' well-being using an ecological framework. Considers the impact of family policies/laws at state and federal levels including: policy development, implementation, and evaluation; and roles of professionals in building/influencing family policy.
Prerequisite: FSW 295 or SOC 262.

FSW 465/FSW 565. Child Maltreatment. (2)

This seminar focuses on the scope, problems, and issues related to child maltreatment in America. Emphasis placed on problem identification and program implementation for schools and other social service settings. Summer only, as a workshop.

FSW 466/FSW 566. Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging. (3) (MPT)

Examination of the central importance of close relationships in aduthood. Topics include long-term intimate relationships, sexuality/sexual behavior, dating, singlehood, divorce, widowhood, parent-adult child relationships, siblings grandparenthood, friendships, retirement/finanial concerns, caregiving, and policy issues impacting close relationships in adulthood.
Cross-listed with GTY 466/GTY 566/566.

FSW 475/FSW 575. Family Theories. (3)

Analysis of selected theories of the family. Emphasis placed on conceptual knowledge, understanding of the importance of family theories and in-depth analysis of several theoretical frameworks, such as family process, conflict, and symbolic interaction.
Prerequisite: six hours of family relations courses and upperclass or graduate standing, or by permission of instructor.

FSW 477. Independent Studies. (0-5)

FSW 481/FSW 581. Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-25. (3) (MPT)

Students will engage in an interdisciplinary examination of the fields of adolescent development and emerging adulthood from contextual and cross-cultural perspectives. The racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of adolescents is considered while studying persons 13-25 years of age within family and social systems. Topics include identity development, peer relations, sexuality, gender norms, physical and emotional development, community resources and engagement, intimate relationships, parent-adolescent relationships, and other family and social influences during adolescence and emerging adulthood.

FSW 485/FSW 585. Social Work in a Diverse World. (3)

Enhances understanding and sensitizes students to our increasingly diverse society. Provides content about differences and similarities, needs and beliefs of minority groups and their relations to the majority group.

FSW 490/FSW 590. Professional Issues in Family Science. (3)

Seminar focusing on preparing family studies majors, minor, and graduate students for life (work or continued education) in the field. Topics and skill development that are covered include: family studies as a profession (e.g., what do I do with my degree?); applying for a job (e.g., resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, job searching); professional ethics; applying for graduate school (e.g., choosing graduate programs; statements of professional goals, etc); developing a professional portfolio; and an introduction to the grant writing process.

FSW 491/FSW 591. Seminar in Family and Child Studies. (1-4; maximum 4)

Various topics offered across semesters, professors, or sections.
Prerequisite: upperclass or graduate standing in family studies and social work.

FSW 493/FSW 593. Qualitative Methods in Family Research. (3)

This course is intended as an introduction to qualitative methodology for upper-level undergraduate and masters-level graduate students in family studies and related fields. The particular emphasis of this course is on fieldwork, or a set of techniques involving firsthand contact between the researcher and those who are the subjects of the research. This includes training in observation, in-depth interviewing, visual and textual analysis, and secondary analysis of qualitative data.
Prerequisites: advanced standing, 12 hours of FSW coursework, FSW 295 or SOC 262 or equivalent.

FSW 494/FSW 594. Internship with Families and Children. (2-6; maximum 6)

Students participate in a professional work environment, prepare written reports and journals, and complete a project. Students build upon previous knowledge and experience by working within, and critically appraising, a professional setting related to families and/or children. Focus is on professional development and the critical appraisal of career options. Recommended that students enroll in summer between junior and senior years. Number of clock hours in placement varies by credit hours; typically 90 hours for 2 graduate or 3 undergraduate credits. Students wishing to become Certified Family Life Educators must complete 125 clock hours and focus their internship experiences on the practice of family life education or prevention.

FSW 495/FSW 595. Advanced Survey of Family Science. (3)

Examines recent literature/trends in key areas of Family Science, including mate selection, marital stability/quality, divorce, remarriage/stepfamilies, parent-child relationships, adolescents, family violence, family policy, same-sex couples/families, culturally diverse families, family economics/social class, work and family, household division of labor, aging and families.
Prerequisite: FSW 261.

FSW 497/FSW 597. Methods of Social Justice Inquiry. (3)

Historical and critical overview of methods of inquiry used by scholars and activists seeking social justice, with emphasis on Participatory Action Research, Narrative Analysis, Community Psychology, Institutional Ethnography, and Mixed-methods designs. Examines methodologies of previous and current research as framed by social constructionist epistemology, interdisciplinary conceptual frameworks, cultural values, and politics of advocacy for equity and fairness. Provides mentoring in application of techniques.
Cross-listed with PSY/SJS/WGS.

FSW 498. Critical Thinking About Family Relationships. (4) (MPC)

Each semester this Capstone addresses critical family issues and students develop position papers grounded on multiple sources of information (e.g., scholarly literature, interview, personal values). The topic of the course is determined by the instructor and may vary from semester to semester.

FSW 561. Marital Distress and Divorce: Implication for Family Life Professionals. (3) (MPT)

Analyzes marriage, divorce, and remarriage in cultural and socioeconomic context. Antecedents of divorce, including contextual and social-psychological factors influencing levels of marital distress, are reviewed. Consequences (including remarriage) of marital instability for adults, children, and society are identified. Educational and programmatic implications discussed.

FSW 600. Independent Reading. (1-4; maximum 4)

Planned reading in any field in family studies with guidance of a department faculty member.
Prerequisite: advanced standing, nine semester hours in family studies and social work, and approval of the plan by department chair.

FSW 611. Social Welfare Policy I. (3)

Social Welfare Policy I provides an overview of social welfare and social work as a profession. An overview of U.S. Social welfare services are provided in the context of social work values and ethics. This course includes a critical analysis of historical and current interactions of social welfare policies, programs, and services with diverse recipient populations.
Prerequisite: admission to the MASW Program.

FSW 612. Social Welfare Policy II. (3)

Social Welfare Policy II emphasizes issues such as racism, poverty, and community building. Policy analysis and development is taught from the point of view of agency management, community organizers/planners, and policy advocates. Attention is paid to policy development important to racial and ethnic groups and women as well as gay and lesbian persons. The historical development of major U.S. community policy initiatives is addressed as well as contemporary community policy issues at the federal, state and local levels. This course builds upon the policy analysis frameworks developed in Social Welfare Policy I to develop a higher level of critical thinking and comptency used to address social welfare policy issues at all levels of the social welfare and social work systems.
Prerequisite: admission into the MASW program and Social Welfare Policy I.

FSW 613. Social Work Ethics: Social Work Ethics, Professionalism and Self Care. (3)

This course introduces graduate social work majors to the ethical practice of social work from a generalist perspective, including professional conduct and self care awareness and skills. Students will increase their understanding of the history and evolution of values and ethics in the social work profession, and develop skills in applying relevant ethical concepts and theories to social work practice. Students will also increase their ability to recognize ethical issues and to apply ethical decision-making frameworks and protocols through enhanced use of critical thinking skills. Lastly, students will learn self care awareness and skills needed to decrease incidents of vicarious trauma in social work settings.
Prerequisite: admitted to MASW Program.

FSW 614. Family-Community-School Partnerships. (3)

Analysis of school-linked and community-based partnerships aimed at enhancing the well-being of children, youth, families and schools. Family-centered, culturally-responsive practice principles and empowerment strategies are emphasized.
Cross-listed with EDL.

FSW 615. Cultural Competency. (3)

The purpose of this course is to empower students to develop an appreciation for their own cultural identities and become critically self-reflective in their orientation toward differences in the cultural identities of others as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexual orientation. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to increase their effectiveness in relating across cultural differences and in increasingly diverse domestic and international environments.
Prerequisite: admission into the MASW collaborative program.

FSW 616. Graduate Social Work Research I. (3)

This is the first of three research courses required in the Master of Arts in Social Work (MASW) Program. Students will learn basic skills of quantitative and qualitative social research methodology and techniques of gathering, analyzing and interpreting data. Students will evaluate research reports for relevance to practice with at-risk and underserved populations. Students will develop an initial research or evaluation design for social work practice.

FSW 617. Human Behavior in the Social Environment I. (3)

The course employs a social systems approach as the primary foundation for viewing families, groups, organizations, communities and social institutions. The course will utilize theories about human behavior to develop the foundation needed to learn effective social work practice.
Prerequisite: admission to the MASW Program.

FSW 618. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II. (3)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of human behavior and development throughout the life span within its social context. Specific theories from the biological, psychological, social and cultural theory base are presented throughout the course, concurrent with the presentation of life span development. Human behavior is analyzed in terms of intrapersonal, familial and sociocultural phenomena. The course includes theories and knowledge about the range of social systems in which individuals live, including families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities. The ecological persepctive provides a holistic basis for examining adaptive and maladaptive behavior, family processes and their effects on individual family members, and individual development and behavior in relationship to race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexual orientation, and other aspects of diversity. The influences of prejudice, discrimination and oppression on individual, family and social functioning are addressed throughout the course. Theories are examined critically for their validity in recognizing human potential for growth and as a foundation for strengths-based social work practice, with an emphasis on empowerment. Attention is also given to ethics and social work values in evaluating theories and their application to practice.
Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program and Human Behavior and the Social Environment I.

FSW 621. Social Work Practice I. (3)

Social work practice I is designed to help students develop an understanding of the knowledge base and values of social work practice; acquire basic skills through the use of role-playing and simulated interviewing process. Specific attention is given to micro levels systems, emphasizing the interactions of micro systems with mezzo and macro level systems.
Prerequisite: admission to the MASW Program.

FSW 622. Social Work Practice II. (3)

This course will focus on the continued application of theories, concepts and principles in direct social work practice. A wide range of treatment modalities are presented including individual, family, and group as well as psycho-social educational approaches. Focus on deepening skills with each of these popualtions and knowledge about social work practice is presetned. A particular focus is on empowerment, social and economic justice, groups, and communities.
Prerequisite: FSW 621.

FSW 623. Social Work Advanced Practice I. (3)

Advanced social work practice builds on the foundation of social work practice I and social work practice II. Consistent with the field of social work, and the Family Studies and Social Work department, course content seeks to facilitate knowledge and competency in working with diverse children and families especially poor, oppressed, racial and ethnic minorities, gay and lesbian and other at-risk children and family populations. Content includes practice with individuals, children, families, communities and larger systems. Advanced social work practice will utilize an ecological systems framework and a strenghts perspective as contexts for the development of basic competencies.
Prerequisite: admission to the MASW program; FSW 621 and FSW 622.

FSW 625. Social Work Ethics. (3)

Ethics provides us with standards and guidelines for how we live our lives and how we conduct ourselves in our work. Ethical standards and guidelines help us evaluate our profession and our colleagues' behaviors. They help us do the "right thing." This course reviews the National Association of Social Work (NASW) code of ethics and gives opportunities to evaluate our personal work performance against these standards. In addition, a comprehensive overview of ethical issues encountered in social work, using extensive case material will be utilized in order to learn about the range of ethical issues, and ethical issues as it relates to diversity and social justice in social work; how to manage complex practice-based ethical dilemmas, prevent ethics related malpractice, and avoid liability. Emphasis on practical strategies designed to protect clients, professionals and human service agencies will also be reviewed.

FSW 641. Concentration Focus Area Families and Children: Practice. (3)

This is a concentration focus area course related to families and children. This course provides the knowledge, skills, and values needed for advanced generalist social workers to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate direct practice with children and families. This course will include use of the DSM and other diagnostic tools that apply to children and families. This course will discuss clinical interventions with children and families.
Prerequisite: admission into the MASW Program.

FSW 642. Concentration Focus Area Macro: Families and Children. (3)

This course focuses on U.S. social welfare policy with children and families. Particular attention is paid to social welfare policy analysis, the nature of social welfare system trends, and their impact on children and families. Completion of FSW 611 abd FSW 612 is required. In addition, previous undergraduate course work in social welfare policy is strongly suggested, as well as a basic statistics course, taking such a course simultaneously is strongly suggested.
Prerequisites: FSW 611 and FSW 612 and enrollment in MASW program or permission of instructor.

FSW 645. Concentration Focus Area Older Adults: Practice. (3)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of advanced generalist practice with older adults. A life course perspective that incorporates cultural, economic, historical and structural contexts that provides the framework for examining aging-related issues, particularly in regards to the impact on the quality of life of older adults. Topics to be explored include cross-cultural issues, health and mental health, social theories of aging, and resilience in older persons of color, among others.

FSW 661. Field Education I. (1-3)

Field education is the signature pedagogy of social work education. Student in Social Work Field Education I must complete 300 hours of field education experience in the community. Field education provides the opportunity for the student to engage in selected and organized activities, with or on the behalf of clients, that apply the social work skill,s knowledge, and values learned in the classroom. In field education, students meet a range of clients, encountering diversity, and growing in their self-awareness and abilities to help clients of various backgrounds and with different problems.
Prerequisite: admission to MASW Program.

FSW 664. SW Field Education Seminar I. (0-3)

The seminar is specifically designed to integrate the Field Education I experience and coursework, and is offered to students admitted to the MASW Program.

FSW 667. Policy and Politics of Aging. (3)

Focuses on major policy areas including income security, health care, long-term care, housing, and social services.
Cross-listed with GTY.

FSW 677. Independent Studies. (0-5)

FSW 700A. Thesis: Independent Research. (1-3; maximum 6)

Prerequisite: approval of faculty member.

FSW 716. Graduate Social Work Research II. (3)

This second research course concerns the data analysis component of social science research and program evaluation. The course covers the procedures for the rigorous, valid, reliable, and credible collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to arrive at decisions that improve interventions and contribute to knowledge. Students will continue to develop the research design for their culminating research project.

FSW 717. Graduate Social Work Research III. (3)

In this third research course, students implement a culminating research project following a rigorous qualitative and/or quantitative design to collect and analyze data to inform agency practice and/or policy decisions. Students must successfully complete the culminating research project to graduate.
Prerequisite: FSW 616 and FSW 716 and admitted to the MASW Program.

FSW 724. Advanced Generalist Social Work II: Macro. (3)

Advanced social work practice II teaches advanced generalist social work direct prartice skills with communities and organizations. these skills are applied during the following stages of social work interevention: Engagement, Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation. Content will include community organization, locality development, advocacy, and legislative policy change. Content will also include skills to write grants to support funding of social service organizations.
Prerequisites: FSW 621, FSW 622 and FSW 623.

FSW 762. Social Work Field Education II. (1-3)

Field education is the signature pedagogy of social work education. Students in Social Work Field Education II must complete 300 hours of field education experience in the community. Field education provides the opportunity for the student to engage in selected and organized activities, with or on behalf of clients, that apply the social work skills, knowledge, and values learned in the classroom. In field education, students meet a range of clients, encountering diversity, and growing in their self-awareness and abilities to help clients of various backgrounds and with different problems.
Prerequisite: admitted to the MASW Program.

FSW 763. Social Work Field Education III. (1-3)

Field education is the signature pedagogy of social work education. Students in Social Work Field Education III must complete 300 hours of field education experience in the community. Field education provides the opportunity for the student to engage in selected and organized activities, with or on behalf of clients that apply the social work skills, knowledge, and values learned in the classroom. In field education, students meet a range of clients, encountering diversity, and growing in their self-field awareness and abilities to help clients of various backgrounds and with different problems.
Prerequisite: admitted to the MASW Program.

FSW 765. Social Work Field Education Seminar II. (1-3)

The seminar is specifically designed to integrate the Field Education II experiences and coursework, and is offered with social work advanced generalist fieldwork and competencies.

FSW 766. Social Work Field Education Seminar III. (1-3)

The seminar is specifically designed to integrate the Field Education III experiences and coursework, and is offered with social work advanced generalist fieldwork and competencies.
Prerequisite: admitted to the MASW Program.