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Human Oppression: The African-American and Puerto Rican Perspective

BASC 5300 - Human Oppression: The African-American and Puerto Rican Perspective

Examines economic, political, social and cultural forces operating at global, national and local levels, which generate and maintain oppression based on race and ethnicity in the United States. The course will focus on the oppression of the Black and Latino populations in the United States, highlighting the African-American and Puerto Rican experiences and perspectives. It will provide a framework for analyzing and understanding oppression. A historical perspective will be utilized to explore past and current oppression related to race and color, culture and ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual/emotional orientation and religion. Intercultural, intracultural, psychosocial, social and political responses to oppression will be addressed throughout the course. Required course for students in the M.S.W. program. Must be taken prior to or concurrent with first year of field education.

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BASC 5301 - Special Populations

The goal of the course is to provide an opportunity for students to understand and to critically analyze human oppression and issues that are relevant to social work practice methods. The course will examine demographic, economic, political, social and cultural forces operating at national and local levels highlighting the African-American and Puerto Rican experiences and perspectives. The focus of the class is the application of the knowledge of special populations to the social work practice methods. The course will combine lectures by the instructor and invited speakers, and class discussions. At times, small groups will be used to encourage students to examine their personal and professional interactions with oppression, and to discuss their implications for social work practice. Required course for students in the Advanced Standing Option and must be taken in the summer prior to the beginning of full time study for the M.S.W. degree.

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BASC 5333 - Research Methods for Social Work Practice

Provides an understanding of the basic foundation of social work research. Students will learn to: 1) develop critical thinking and knowledge of the principles and methods of research as tools for evaluating their practice; 2) become acquainted with the process and function of research in the advancement of social work theory, knowledge, and practice; 3) value ethical practices in conducting research with diverse individuals and vulnerable populations; 4) judge the adequacy and value of research findings in social work by the use of generally accepted criteria; 5) incorporate computer-based technology in accessing information; and 6) understand the researcher/evaluator role in social work practice.

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BASC 5350 - Analysis of Social Welfare Policy and Social Service Delivery Systems

This course will provide a critical analysis of the historical roots of American social welfare policy, the formulation of policy, and the economic and political determinants of contemporary policy development. Examination and analysis of the inter-relationship between social welfare policy, the service delivery systems, and practice implications for private and public agencies and programs. The course also includes the examination of international issues in social welfare policy and social service delivery. Students will analyze and apply the results of policy research relevant to social service delivery; understand and demonstrate policy practice skills in regard to economic, political and organizational systems; use them to influence, formulate, and advocate for policy consistent with social work values, and identify financial, organizational, administrative, and planning processes required to deliver social services. Required course for students in the M.S.W. program. Must be taken prior to or concurrent with first year of field education. Policy Practice students must take this course prior to or concurrent with POPR 301: Policy Practice: Process, Use of Data and Information Technology.

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BASC 5360 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Macro Theories

The required courses in human behavior in the social environment emphasize social work’s “person-and-environment” frame of reference. Although the focus of analysis differs, this course emphasizes the social and physical environment. Major themes stressed throughout the course include theories and research about the interdependence of persons and their environments (physical and social), political, economic, and cultural contexts, including values and ethical issues, in which our social welfare institutions function. Cultural and ethnic diversity, institutional prejudice, especially racism and sexism, issues of social, economic, and political justice and the process of social change will be stressed. Values and ethical issues relevant to macro social work will also be considered. This course is one of two required courses for students in the M.S.W. program on human behavior in the social environment . Both courses must be taken prior to or concurrent with the first semester of the first year of field placement.

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BASC 5361 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Micro Theories

Focuses on the individual and the family in transaction with social, economic, political, and cultural contexts and forces. Content areas emphasize current theories, empirical evidence to support these theories, ethical implications, and critical analysis. The course is organized around a systems perspective through a biopsychosocial lens. Variations arising from culture, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation are considered in this course.This course is one of two required courses for students in the M.S.W. program on human behavior in the social environment . Both courses must be taken prior to or concurrent with the first semester of the first year of field placement.

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BASC 5390 - Macro Foundation Practice

The focus of this course is on macro practice foundation knowledge and skills associated with generalist practice in administration, community organizing and policy practice. It explores the history and place of macro methods in the evolution of the social work profession. Students are introduced to the unique language and perspective of macro practice as a capacity building and strength based intervention. The course includes definitions of and ways to analyze communities, organizations and policies. Emphasis is given to strategies and tactics for achieving change in communities, organizations and policies, to improving services for populations at risk, and promoting diversity and distributive justice, including an international context. Particular ethical and value mandates and dilemmas associated with macro practice are identified throughout the course. Required course for students in the M.S.W. program. This course is one of the two foundation practice courses taken with the first semester of the first year of field placement.

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BASC 5391 - Micro Foundation Practice

This course is designed to provide a history of and a foundation for micro social work theory and practice emphasizing ecological, strengths and capacity building perspectives. It provides knowledge, values and skills associated with generalist practice with individuals, families and groups within the context of organizations and communities. The course examines the mission of the social work profession and its value and ethical base, including its commitment to diversity, populations-at-risk and social and economic justice. Strategies for helping client-systems will include: preparing for practice; developing mutual working agreements; engaging, assessing and formulating goals; implementing interventions; monitoring and evaluating progress; and terminating services. The course emphasizes integration of course content with field experience. This course is one of the two foundation practice courses taken with the first semester of the first year of field placement. Required course for students in the M.S.W. program. This course is one of the two foundation practice courses taken with the first semester of the first year of field placement.

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