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Courses in School of Social Work

Courses in the School of Social Work are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the School of Social Work. Undergraduates wishing further information about course offerings should contact the School of Social Work. The following course counts as an LSA courses for LSA degree credit.

Social Work (SW)
SW 572 / ARCH 609 / EDUC 580 / ENGLISH 528 / KINESLGY 505 / PMR 580 / RACKHAM 580 / SOC 580 / WOMENSTD 590. Topics in Disability Studies
Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

An interdisciplinary approach to disability studies, including focus on the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and professional schools. Some topics include history and culture representation of disability, advocacy, health, rehabilitation, built environment, independent living, public policy. Team taught with visiting speakers. Accessible classroom with real-time captioning.

SW 831 / PSYCH 773. Research Methods for Evaluating Social Programs and Human Service Organizations
Doctoral Standing, one grad level stats course, and a basic understanding of bivariate analysis, including correlation, or permission of instructor. Also recommended is a rudimentary understanding of instrument construction and data collection procedures. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course focuses on the theoretical and strategic issues in designing and implementing formative or summative evaluations. The scope will include methods of evaluation appropriate for the study of social programs, human service organizations, inter-organizational relationships; and similarities and differences from methods used for basic knowledge development. The analysis of alternative evaluation models, procedures, and techniques and issues in the design, implementation, and utilization of evaluation research will also be addressed. Topics may include: the sociopolitical context; ethical issues; and planning of evaluations; specification of variables, with emphasis on definitions of effectiveness and on operations of service technologies; the formulation of evaluation objectives; issues in sampling procedures, measurement, and data collection; alternative models for designing programmatic and organizational evaluations, including networks analysis of findings; feedback at different stages of program evaluation; and reporting, dissemination, and utilization of results.

SW 858 / POLSCI 736 / PUBPOL 736. Poverty and Inequality
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

SW 871 / ANTHRCUL 836. Anthropology and Social Work Seminar
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar is a foundation course for students in the joint Anthropology/Social Work Program. The readings bring together social theory and ethnographic accounts of contemporary social issues at the intersection of the disciplines. Topics may include medicine and health, human and civil rights, urban neighborhoods, immigration, race, ethnicity and gender.

SW 876 / POLSCI 876. Social Work and Political Science
Doctoral Standing or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar provides a foundation and overview for students interested in understanding the intersection between social work and political science. The readings bring together political science theory and scholarship as they relate to contemporary social work and social welfare issues. Topics, chosen to illustrate the intersection of the two fields and to bring together faculty from both schools, may include poverty, social mobilization, and comparative politics. Beyond the joint Political Science/Social Work students, the course is expected to attract joint Social Work/social science students from other disciplines, as well as graduate students in economics, public policy, sociology, psychology, and other fields. The course will include activities such as guest speakers, work in-progress discussions, readings, and presentations.

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