Summary of social work graduate programs prepared by Melissa C.F. Becker, MSW, September 2000
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Georgia State University School of Social Work

Identity: The MSW program’s mission is to prepare students for leadership roles in the effort to solve, in partnerships with others, the existing and developing challenges that confront communities in the United States and internationally. Graduates will be educated to advance the needs and capacities of the total community by promoting social and economic justice and maximizing human potential. Graduates will be educated to commit themselves to addressing the life circumstances, such as poverty, violence, discrimination, and disparities in social and economic justice that fall disproportionately on vulnerable groups and challenge the spirit of the entire community.

Hours: 60; semester system; 3 hour courses.

Pre Reqs: Bachelors degree; liberal arts perspective, including coursework in humanities and social sciences. Human biology is required, and a statistics course is preferred.

Program Structures: 2 year full time day program; Advanced Standing program.

Foundation Requirements: 27 hours. Courses: Fundamentals of Community Practice; Human Development Through the Life Course; Methods of Community Research; Social Work Practice I & II; Social Welfare Policy; Foundation Field Education I & II.

Concentrations: 24 hours. One Concentration: Community Partnerships. Courses: Community Relations and Communications; Evaluation and Technology; Community Leadership and Management; Community Partnership Project; Community Field Education I & II; electives.

Social work practice occurs in the context of communities where partnerships are developed for promoting social and economic justice and maximizing human potential. Community partnerships are predicated upon an empowerment orientation which acknowledges and develops the strengths and creativity of all members. In this framework, social work practice integrates and applies values, principles and techniques of the professional to bring about planned change in social systems (e.g. individuals, families, groups, organizations, and institutions). Community partnerships recognize and explore the importance of community demographics, politics, economics, geography, and human service delivery systems. These components encourage partnerships that focus social work assessments, interventions, and evaluations at the community level with the capacity to intervene at community subsystem and/or suprasystem levels. It requires social work practitioners to consider and respond to the broader community dynamics that impact individuals, families, and groups with a particular emphasis on those considered to be vulnerable and at risk. The second year courses are constructed and sequenced to prepare social work practitioners for this level of intervention.

Practicum: Foundation year: 30 lecture hours; 400 field hours; 9 credits. Concentration: 36 lecture hours; 500 field hours; 12 credits.

Electives: 9 hours of Social Work Electives.

Specialization Options: Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (available to students throughout the university).

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