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15.5  PhD COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (SW)
Courses are subject to modification without advance notice

SW 600 Social Work and the Welfare State. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the PhD program or permission of the instructor.
Introduction to needs and opportunities for research in social welfare policy and its implementation, past and present. Examination of the development of the welfare state and current research on social welfare policy and its implementation.

SW 601 Seminar in Doctoral Education. One hour.
Provides students with an introduction to the PhD program, expectations for doctoral-level study, and familiarity with faculty and their research interests.

SW 605 Social Work Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite: SW 601
Focuses on the history, current structure, pedagogical theories, and contemporary issues important to social work educators.

SW 620 Social Work Research I. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the PhD program or permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite or corequisite: An approved statistics course.
Examination of some of the key theoretical issues of qualitative and quantitative social science research and the basic processes of theory formulation and knowledge building.

SW 621 Social Work Research II. Three hours.
Prerequisite: SW 620.
Prerequisite or corequisite: Completion of the statistics requirement or enrollment in an approved statistics course.
Continuation of SW 620. Prepares students to design and carry out quantitative, qualitative, and multi-method research appropriate and adequate for answering social work research questions. Focuses on research design, sampling, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of results and conclusions.

SW 622 Observation and Measurement. Three hours.
Prerequisites: SW 621 and completion of the statistics requirement or permission of the instructor.
Focuses on the theoretical foundations of observation and measurement in social research and on the practical skills for measuring social phenomena, including assessment of the psychometric properties of research instruments and the design of reliable and valid instruments.

SW 623 Seminar in Qualitative Research. Three hours.
Prerequisites: SW 621 and completion of the statistics requirement or permission of the instructor.
Advanced study of key concepts in qualitative research, with applications for social work practice research and evaluation.

SW 624 Seminar in Research on Social Work Practice. Three hours.
Prerequisites: SW 621 and completion of the statistics requirement or permission of the instructor.
Intensive study of selected research problems and relevant research methods concerning social work practice.

SW 628 Research Practicum. Three hours.
Prerequisites: SW 621 and completion of statistics requirement or permission of the instructor.
Development of a social work research proposal, including the conceptualization of the research question, review of pertinent literature, project administration, arrangements for community collaboration, and IRB approval. Participation in ongoing research under faculty supervision.

SW 629 Seminar in Special Topics in Social Work Research. Three hours.
Prerequisites: SW 621 and completion of the statistics requirement or permission of the instructor.
Study of an advanced quantitative or qualitative method, approach, or technique with emphasis on knowledge-building applications of the method, approach, or technique.

SW 640 Concepts and Theories of Social Work Practice. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the PhD program or permission of the instructor.
Components of social work practice theory, including historical forces shaping conceptualizations of practice, the ideological and epistemological assumptions of both normative and empirical conceptualizations of practice, and the contributions of science and other approaches to knowledge and skill building.

SW 648 Seminar in Social Work: Special Topics. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the PhD program or permission of the instructor.
Integrative seminar on special topics.

SW 660 Independent Study. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Completion of the doctoral core courses or permission of the instructor.

SW 698 Nondissertation Research. Variable credit.

SW 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Three-hour minimum.
 


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