Macro Social Work
Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of practice, including planning, program development, community organizing, policy analysis, legislative advocacy, program evaluation, task-oriented group work, community education, and human services management. The macro practice concentration prepares students for careers in multiple arenas with a wide range of populations and social problems.
The macro concentration rests on a set of basic values that includes:
- participatory democracy
- feminist principles
- strengths and assets approach
- community/consumer empowerment
- social and economic justice
The curriculum offers courses that provide theory, knowledge, and practice skills in community analysis; needs, assets and resources assessment; outreach and recruitment; action research; strategic analysis; program design and implementation; leadership development; group dynamics; organizational development; collective action for large systems change; bargaining and negotiating; conflict resolution; public speaking; lobbying; media relations; supervision; proposal writing; budgeting; evaluation research; financial management; and nonprofit administration.
The foundation course is required for all students in a first-year field placement:
- SSW MP 759 Communities and Organizations: Analysis and Intervention
Following this course, macro concentrators are required to take the following courses:
- SSW MP 773 Human Services Management
- SSW MP 781 Community Organizing
- SSW MP 783 Planning and Program Development
A number of advanced macro electives are offered, including:
- SSW MP 774 Seminar: Community Planning
- SSW MP 775 Strategic Management
- SSW MP 776 Financial Management in Human Service Organizations
- SSW MP 785 Program Evaluation
- SSW MP 794 Macro Field Seminar
- SSW MP 795 Applied Macro Skills, Groups and Systems
- SSW HB 750 Organizational Behavior and Culture
For those who wish to concentrate on a career in management, the School offers a Human Services Management Certificate Program. Clinical social work students who are interested in macro social work practice as a secondary method may pursue a Macro Sub-specialization Certificate.