Macro Practice

  • SSW MP 759: Communities and Organizations: Analysis and Intervention
    Graduate Prerequisites: Required of all students.
    Graduate Corequisites: Required to be in a field placement with this course.
    MP759 is a foundation course that provides an orientation to macro social work as a core method for all practitioners. Students learn a common framework and practical skills for planning and implementing change in communities and organizations. The course emphasizes principles including social and economic justice and empowerment through an examination of racism and other intersecting oppressions, constituent-led change efforts, and a strengths-based orientation to practice in urban settings and other social environments. Designed for clinical and macro practitioners, the course provides skills in community and organizational assessment, including power analysis and use of demographic and other data; development of strategic action plans; and use of partnerships with non-traditional settings, coalitions, and other constituencies to effect social and organizational change. Teaching and learning methods include use of case studies, videos, field-based research, and in-class exercises and discussion.
  • SSW MP 773: Hum Serv Mgt
    Graduate Prerequisites: SSW MP 759; Or permission of department chair.
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • SSW MP 775: Strategic Management
    Graduate Prerequisites: SSW MP 759 and SSW MP 773; Or permission of department chair.
    Focuses on strategies for developing, strengthening, and advancing the effectiveness of non-profit organizations. Significant issues and emerging themes in agency administration are examined with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. Students will acquire skills in strategic planning, strategic collaboration, authentic stakeholder engagement, and grant writing through the preparation of a strategic plan and a proposal for grant funding, along with other learning methods.
  • SSW MP 780: Advocacy for Equity and Justice
    This course combines theory and skill development to enable social workers to shape legislation, regulations, budgets, and institutional policies and practices as advocates committed to respectful engagement with constituents and community partners. The course distinguishes advocacy from other social change strategies, relates advocacy to policy practice, and builds skills in issue framing, testimony, media relations, partnerships, and different forms of advocacy writing to advance strategic objectives. MP780 draws upon the experiences of class members and the instructor and incorporates case studies, guest speakers, and interactive exercises and assignments. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to practice effectively as advocates committed to advancing equity and justice in multiple settings.
  • SSW MP 781: Community Organizing
    Graduate Prerequisites: SSW MP 759; Or permission of department chair. Required of all Macro Social Work Practice students.
    Graduate Corequisites: Required to be in a field placement with this course.
    MP781 is designed to strengthen the ability of class members to foster progressive social change. It provides knowledge and skills in different models of community organizing, with a focus on collective action to promote social and economic justice, particularly in urban settings. Class members will develop skills in outreach and recruitment, leadership development, issue selection, strategy and tactics, campaign planning, coalitions, and building grassroots community organizations. MP781 emphasizes the responsibility of social workers to facilitate democratic participation and community empowerment based on respect, humility, and commitment to addressing racism and intersecting forms of oppression. In addition to readings and lectures, the course utilizes guest speakers, small group exercises, role play, video, poetry, music, and direct engagement with community-based organizations. Assignments emphasize skill building and integration of organizing theory and practice. The course relates community organizing to policy, planning, and management to underscore its relevance for all macro practitioners.
  • SSW MP 783: Planning and Program Development
    Graduate Prerequisites: SSW MP 759; Or permission of department chair. Required of all Macro Social Work Practice students.
    Graduate Corequisites: Required to be in a field placement with this course.
    This course introduces students to planning theory, planned social change, organizational development, program development, proposal writing, and leadership. Specific emphasis is placed on basic concepts, principles, skills, and knowledge necessary to effect change at the organizational and community levels.
  • SSW MP 785: Program Evaluation
    Graduate Prerequisites: SSW MP 759; Or permission of department chair.
    MP 785 equips students with the ability to conduct an evaluation as an essential part of the infrastructure of any program or organization designed to advance social change. Students will learn how to select an evaluation design and method that responds to a program's organizational reality, political-policy context, client and/or community input and that promotes a culture of learning and adaption to ensure the highest quality service. Students will design a comprehensive field-based evaluation plan or conduct an evaluation in the field based on their own collection of data.
  • SSW MP 786: Health Equity
    Graduate Prerequisites: MP 759
    Data indicate, people who identify as white in the United States experience better health outcomes across a myriad of chronic conditions. Achieving health equity requires closing the racial health gap. Macro social workers are poised to fight for health equity -- by dismantling white supremacy culture and colonial ideology that shape the systems and structures, social determinants, which produce ill health. During the course of the semester, students will explore and propose organization and community change strategies to promote health equity.
  • SSW MP 787: Leadership for Equity and Inclusion
    Graduate Prerequisites: MP 759- Comm & Orgs
    Prepares students to assume leadership roles with a focus on promoting equity and inclusion in order to simultaneously advance social justice and the effectiveness of macro-level systems. Theories and styles of leadership are examined and critiqued as students work to identify and further develop their leadership styles. Students will acquire skills for effective leadership aimed toward dismantling white supremacist culture, heterocentrism, ablism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, and building an organizational culture that embraces and utilizes a wide range of experiences, perspectives, and skills.
  • SSW MP 788: Introduction to Community Based Participatory Research: Positionality, Ethics, and Power
    Graduate Prerequisites: SSW MP 759
    This course examines strategies for building community research partnerships in Community Engaged Research (CEnR) as an approach for advancing interdisciplinary collaborative efforts to achieve racial equity. The course familiarizes students with: (1) History of CenR and Participatory Action Research, (2) Positionality and Racial Justice, (3) Principles of Participatory Action Research approaches and CEnR spectrum of participation, (4) CEnR partnership development and implementation, (5) translating research to community action, (6) Ethical considerations, and (7) Partnership evaluation
  • SSW MP 789: Global Social Work Practice: A Rights Based Perspective
    Graduate Prerequisites: MP 759
    This course prepares clinical and macro students for effective practice in a global context. The course covers three broad areas: the first part lays out the framework for the rights-based perspectives; the second encompasses rights-based programing; the third looks at building sustainable systems. The focus of the course will be on applying social work theories and skills to provide a context for social work practice in a global environment. Students will be exposed to "rights-based approaches" to social work practice mainly in countries of the global south. Areas of focus include working with working with marginalized populations such as children in a variety of settings, gender issues, migration as well as working with various NGOs, governmental and United Nations systems. Students will build on basic policy and skills courses to apply fundamental social work principals and practice to global context areas. Students will apply critical thinking with respect to understanding global context areas and their interrelatedness with domestic policies and actions. Special emphasis will be placed on working with diverse client populations including the roles that gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, spirituality, economic, political and sexual orientation play in influencing life chances for marginalized individuals/groups. Students will engage in class discussion based on the readings, media extracts, experiences of professionals in the field of international social welfare, and current global events impacting social service provision in a global context.
  • SSW MP 794: Macro Field Seminar
    A required monthly seminar in support of field placements for non-MSW-supervised, second-year macro students. There are no readings or assignments.