SSW Doctoral Courses
Some of the following courses may be open to Master of Social Work degree candidates, who must obtain instructor approval before registration. All courses are 4 credits.
This course familiarizes students with design and implementation strategies for research with clinical populations in an individual or group format. Topics include design, subject and measurement selection, data organization and management, analysis plans, limitation of results, and ethical concerns. TBA. 4 cr.
This course examines three qualitative approaches that are especially well suited to the study of process in clinical settings: grounded theory, narrative analysis, and the study of interaction in psychotherapy/medical interviews. Research is examined from each of the three traditions. Topics include theoretical sampling; thematic and structural coding; the transformation of talk into text; and the issues of representation, audience, and reflexivity. TBA. 4 cr.
This course prepares doctoral students in the application of analytical methods as a basis for improving public and organizational decision making in social welfare. The political, value, and technical aspects of policy formation and implementation are considered. The course emphasizes the formulation of empirical hypotheses and assessment of the hypotheses against available data. 4 cr, 2nd sem.
This course explores the development of social work as a profession. It examines the historical roots of, and key trends in, social work. Readings are taken from sociological literature on professionalization and comparison of several professions within social work. Discussion includes a critical evaluation of the function of “experts” in contemporary American society. 4 cr, 1st sem.
This course deals with social and political factors that affect the ability of policy and program officials to implement legislated programs. Political and organizational theories are applied to case examples of policy implementation at the federal and state levels. TBA. 4 cr.
Focusing on theory, process, and substance, this course exposes students to different understandings of American political institutions as they relate to social welfare policy. Attention is paid to institutional and other factors shaping and constraining the development of social policies in the United States. 4 cr, 1st sem.