Social Work, M.S.W.
Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The following learning goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Social Work.
Enhance the social functioning and interactions of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
- Critically analyze and apply knowledge of human behavior in the context of social environments from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual strengths-based perspective using ecological and other applicable theories and research.
- Develop and practice communication skills for effective social work practice with systems of all sizes.
- Develop and practice strategies of intervention that are empowering and advance social and economic justice.
- Learn theoretical frameworks that explain individual and family development across the life span, as well as developmental theories that apply to groups, organizations, and communities.
Become change agents and to work effectively in increasingly complex, culturally and racially diverse communities.
- Understand, value, and respect the multicultural perspectives as well as recognize and apply skills of change to conditions of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, discrimination, and social and economic injustice at the individual, family, organizational, and governmental levels.
- Apply knowledge and skills of a generalist social work that is contextually and culturally competent.
Leadership roles in public social service organizations.
Analyze social welfare policy and formulate advocacy and practice techniques.
- Use supervision and consultation appropriately.
- Apply knowledge and skills of advanced social work practice in the specialized areas of Child Welfare and Community Mental Health.
- Function effectively within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and when appropriate, facilitate organizational change necessary to promote social work values and ethics