Graduate Social Work Courses

UMUC Europe is partnered with Salisbury University to offer graduate courses leading to a Master of Social Work.

Ethical Foundation of Social Work (3 Credits, SOWK 602)

Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. A focus on ethical issues in social work practice, including a theoretical framework and ethical problem-solving model to systematically evaluate values and resolve ethical dilemmas found in social work practice. Provides tools and methodologies for reflection and analysis.

Social Work Policy Practice: Analyst and Advocate (3 Credits, SOWK 607)

Provides understanding of social welfare policy analysis with micro, mezzo, and macro social work policy practice knowledge skills. Prepares students to participate in the policy making process, integrating both policy analytical and formulation skills, as well as understanding the methods and strategies for advocating for policy change and new policies.

Theoretical Analysis of Behavior I (3 Credits, SOWK 610)

An assessment of the individual, family, and peer group as a social system using a bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. This course explores human development through the lifespan and presents analysis of several theories which explain human behavior and inform social work practice. With a focus on privilege, oppression, prejudice, and discrimination, this course helps develop foundation assessment skills.

Social Work Research I (3 Credits, SOWK 616)

Prerequisite: Foundation status. Corequisite: SOWK 640 or permission of department. As the first of two courses in social work and evaluation research, this course focuses on understanding the development and use of scientific knowledge and the application of that knowledge to evaluate social work interventions and program evaluation. Special attention is given to applied research methodologies to enhance the student’s use of evidence-based social work knowledge and skills. This course may be repeated only once.

Social Work Research II (3 Credits, SOWK 617)

Prerequisite: SOWK 616. Corequisite: SOWK 640 or permission of the department. The second of two courses focused on the basic concepts and methods of scientific inquiry used to build knowledge and evaluate practice. Builds and expands upon material covered in Social Work Research I. Topics include an introduction to program evaluation, single-subject designs, data analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics, presentation of data and report writing, and application of findings to practice. Special attention is given to applied research methodologies that will enhance the student’s use of evidence-based interventions. May be repeated only once with permission of the department.

Social Work Practice I (3 Credits, SOWK 620)

This course emphasizes a generalist social work perspective for the mastery of practice theory and the development of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills related to social work practice with individuals and families.

Social Work Practice II (3 Credits, SOWK 622)

Prerequisite: SOWK 620. This course is the second of three practice courses that prepare students for a generalist approach to social work practice. It expands on basic knowledge, values, ethics, and skills, with an emphasis on mezzo-level problem solving. Also included are theories and techniques for planning, assessment, and advocacy for family and small group intervention.

Social Work Practice III (3 Credits, SOWK 623)

Prerequisite: SOWK 620. Pre or Corequisite: SOWK 622. As the third of three practice courses preparing students for a generalist approach to social work, this course expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with an emphasis on macro level problem solving. Included are theories and techniques needed for practice within an organization and/or community context.

Theoretical Analysis of Behavior II (3 Credits, SOWK 630)

Prerequisite: SOWK 610 or permission of department. An examination of the development of communities and organizations as social systems. Human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation is a major component. This course reflects social work’s unique integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology, and economics to understand the multiple influences on behavior. Macro sociological theories for critical analyses of society, communities, social institutions and social organizations are presented and macro assessment skills are developed.

Field Instruction I (3 Credits, SOWK 640)

Prerequisite: SOWK 620. Corequisite: SOWK 616. A seminar will be conducted concurrently. The first of a two-term sequence of supervised experience in the delivery of social services, where students are required to participate in an agency-based field practicum for two days per week under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with an MSW. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 440 hours of field instruction accumulated across two terms.

Field Instruction II (3 Credits, SOWK 645)

Prerequisites: SOWK 616, SOWK 640. Corequisites: SOWK 617, SOWK 622, SOWK 623. A seminar will be conducted concurrently. The second of a two term sequence of supervised experience in the delivery of social services, in the same agency students entered in SOWK 640, where students are required to continue an agency-based field practicum for two days per week under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with an MSW. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires the student to fulfill a minimum of 440 hours of field instruction accumulated across two terms.

Advanced Practice with Individuals (3 Credits, SOWK 650)

Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. Corequisite: SOWK 665. This course familiarizes the practitioner with strengths assessment, standardized diagnostic criteria, and other processes used within the field to categorize behavior. Utilizes the concepts of mental health to tie an accurate assessment to a specific intervention plan. Emphasis is on advanced interview skill techniques.

Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention (3 Credits, SOWK 653)

Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the recognition, assessment, and intervention with persons who abuse substances. Attention is directed to the interactive effects of substance abuse on abusers, on other persons in the abusers’ lives, and on society. Other topics explored in the course will include: models of chemical dependency, the dually-diagnosed client; and the comparison and contrast of selected models of intervention.

Psychopathology (3 Credits, SOWK 654)

Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. Provides extensive knowledge of the major forms of mental illness and their treatment. Develops competence in multi-axial assessment by mastering the accepted diagnostic code, DSM-5. Provides skills in development of appropriate and contemporary treatment plans. Explores the factors associated with mental illness such as age, race, ethnicity, and gender.

Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3 Credits, SOWK 655)

Prerequisite: SOWK 650 or permission of department. Corequisite: SOWK 685. A study of practice-outcome research, single-case designs, and program evaluation in social work. Students are familiarized with appropriate recording and measurement instruments with individuals, groups, and families.

Advanced Practice with Families (3 Credits, SOWK 660)

Prerequisite: SOWK 650 or permission of department. This course builds upon theoretical perspectives and practice skills from both foundation-level and advanced-level curriculum. Course content focuses upon applied family interventions in social work practice and helps students compare, evaluate, and present practice skills from the major models of family therapy.

Supervision and Administration (3 Credits, SOWK 663)

Prerequisites: Concentration status. An introduction for advanced-level students to supervision and administration in the human services. Students are introduced to the historical development of supervision in social work and will learn to apply knowledge of three primary supervisory functions: administration, education, and support of supervisees. Additionally, students will focus on organizational theory, as it provides a foundation to models of social work/welfare administration within social welfare delivery systems.

Field Instruction III (4 Credits, SOWK 665)

Prerequisite: Concentration status. Corequisite: SOWK 650. A seminar will be conducted concurrently. The first of a two term sequence of supervised advanced field practicum experience in the delivery of social services, where students are required to participate in an agency-based field practicum for three days per week under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with an MSW. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 672 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across two terms.

Child Welfare (3 Credits, SOWK 677)

Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. This course is designed to prepare advanced-level students to be child welfare practitioners able to move beyond the protective focus to practice applications of prevention and change. The curriculum includes knowledge about human services for children, the values and philosophy of family preservation, trends in social welfare policy impacting children and their families, and the effects of gender, race, and ethnicity on social work practice with children.

Advanced Practice with Groups (3 Credits, SOWK 680)

Prerequisite: SOWK 650 or permission of department. This course builds upon theoretical perspectives from human behavior and the social environment, knowledge and skills from foundation-level practice courses, and theory and skills from the advanced theory and practice course. The course familiarizes the practitioner with the concept of the group as therapeutic communities with curative factors.

Field Instruction IV (4 Credits, SOWK 685)

Prerequisite: SOWK 665. Corequisite: SOWK 655. A seminar will be conducted concurrently. The second of a two term sequence of supervised advanced field practicum experience in the delivery of social services where students are required to continue to work three days a week in the same social welfare agency the student entered in SOWK 665 under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with an MSW. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires the student to fulfill a minimum of 672 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the two terms.