Graduate Courses

For a list of the current course offerings and all courses at MU, visit the MU Registrar Schedule of Courses Page.

7000 Professional Social Work Practice (1)

This course introduces the social work profession within a historical and contemporary context, provides an overview of key concepts, standards and regulations, and assists students in examining personal and professional values and ethics related to practice. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work; Foundation level course.

7001 Topics in Social Work (1-3)

Special and emerging topics in social work and social welfare. Subject, content, and credit vary depending on available faculty and student interest. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

7085 Problems in Social Work (1-6)

Intensive study of an area of social welfare related to special interest of student. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent required.

7220 Advanced Social Work Practice in Integrated Health Care (3)

The course will introduce students to the essential practice skills needed to effectively address the challenges of integrating services, care and support for persons with health, mental health, and substance use problems. Counts as an elective.

7230 Integrative Behavioral Health Clinical (3)

This is an elective course devoted to assessment, intervention and research with under-served individuals, couples, groups and families. This course is facilitated as a skills-training laboratory. Intervention methods will be applied to client’s coping with major life stressors and relational problems. Students should leave this course with increased confidence in their ability to analyze patterns, assess, and intervene using diverse clinical methods. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Master of Social Work students only. Counts as an elective course.

7330 Addiction Treatment and Prevention (3)

Provides knowledge from social work and other disciplines involved in substance abuse treatment. Integrated approach to problems of substance abuse and development of self awareness are emphasized. Prerequisite: graduate standing; Counts an elective.

7370 Delinquency, Corrections and Social Treatment (3)

Focuses on problems and causative factors in developing and maintaining delinquent and criminal behavior and attitudes: addressing critical and comparative understanding of social change strategies employed in this field. Prerequisite: graduate standing; Counts an elective.

7390 Helping Strategies With Children and Adolescents (3)

This course is an introduction to social work practice with youth. Content draws on theories, policies, research and practice skills relevant to understanding and helping children and adolescents. In addition, SW4390/7390 assists the student in applying the core values and ethics of the social work profession to practice in the contemporary systems of care for children and adolescents. Prerequisite: graduate standing; Counts an elective.

7395 Death, Grief and Loss (3)

This course is designed to provide an awareness of the impact of grief and loss whether as a result of a death or major life alteration. The perspective that grief exists in many contexts beyond death will be a focal point of the course. Theory associated with the process of dying, grief and grief resolution will be examined. Additionally, students will explore influencing factors such as life span development, religion, culture and personal responses to loss. Counts an elective.

7400 Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence (3)

(same as Women’s and Gender Studies 7400). Covers history of the domestic violence movement, intimate partner violence theories and data, legislative and organizational policy issues, and intervention models for practice with individuals who have experienced domestic violence including co-occurring issues such as trauma. Prerequisite: graduate standing; Counts an elective.

7410 Law and Social Work Practice (3)

This course explores the intersection of human services, law, and policy. It explores how law shapes services directed at children, families, women, and racial and sexual minorities. Students learn to work with legal professionals, prepare for proceedings, and avoid malpractice. Prerequisite: graduate standing; Counts an elective.

7450 Professional Perspectives on Child Welfare in the 21st Century (3)

Examines the development and current state of child welfare services in America with an emphasis on the role of the public child welfare agency in delivery of those services. The overarching concepts of child safety, family stability, permanency for the child, and well-being of the child as a long term outcome will be used to examine the five focal service delivery areas in child welfare; family support, preservation and reunification, child protection, foster placement, residential care, and adoptive services. This is a dual level BSW/MSW course and is an elective within either program’s curricular structure. The differentiating objectives and assignments for the MSW members of the class are noted in the appropriate areas of the syllabus. Prerequisites: graduate standing; Counts an elective.

7460 Advanced Social Group Work (3)

An intensive exposure to the theories and models of social group work practice through cognitive, affective and experiential (laboratory) methods of teaching/learning. Prerequisites: graduate standing; Counts an elective.

7470 Organizational Issues in Social Work Practices in Child Welfare (3)

Intensive seminar in meso-level practice in the field of child welfare. Examines communication theory, team building, and inter-organizational dynamics as they affect professional practice in child welfare. Prerequisites: graduate standing; Counts an elective.

7480 Direct Practice with Older Adults (3)

Provides foundational knowledge and skills in working with older adults and their families. Emphasis is placed on assessment strategies and intervention techniques with these populations. The interrelationship between the older adult, the family, organizations, and society is explored, as these factors affect all levels of practice. Students gain practical skill that can be applied to multidisciplinary practice settings, such as the health and social sciences. Prerequisite: graduate standing; Counts an elective.

7485 Military Social Work (3)

An overview of military culture, resilience, challenges, and behavioral health needs of military personnel and veterans. Content draws on theories and research relevant to this population. Counts as an elective.

7490 Family Treatment (3)

Comparative study of theories and methods required for work with problems of family functioning. Both conjoint and subsystem approaches to family treatment are examined. Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work and 7770; counts as a clinical selective.

7530 Contemporary Issues in Human Trafficking (3)

Gives an overview of modern human trafficking typologies, issues, and responses. Covers theories, policies, and intervention practices that drive prevention and response for working with victims and survivors of this human rights abuse. Counts as an elective.

7710 Social Policy and Service Delivery in Social Work (3)

Covers historic and contemporary issues in social welfare policy. Focuses on relationships among social problems, public policies, private actions, poverty, racism, sexism and social work practice/values. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work; Foundation level course.

7720 Foundations of Human Behavior (3)

Substantive sources from behavioral sciences used in social work toward understanding the biosocial processes and constraints of human development. Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work; Foundation level course.

7730 Social Work Skills (3)

Introduces theory and application of strengths-based generalist practice. Develops knowledge, values, and techniques of professional social work practice at micro, mezzo, and macro levels, emphasizing assessment and interaction skills with individuals and families. Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work; Foundation level course.

7740 Large Group Theory (2-3)

Examination of social environment in which social work is practiced with particular emphasis on development of analytic framework for understanding formal organizations and communities. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Social Work; Foundation level course.

7760 Social Justice Seminar (2)

Provides integrative learning experience in social work practice in foundation level social work practice focusing on social and economic justice experiences in field practicum. Prerequisites: graduate standing; consent required. Co-requisite: 7971; Foundation level course.

7770 Strategies of Clinical Social Work Intervention (3)

Strategies of social treatment with individuals and small groups applicable to practice in public and private social agency settings. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work; Clinical concentration course.

7780 Fundamentals of Social Work Administration (3)

Basic managerial skills which social workers need for supervision, planning, staff development and administrative positions in social agencies; focus on individual management functions and skills associated with them. Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work; PP&A concentration course; Clinical Required Crossover course.

7820 DSM & Psychopathology: A Social Work Perspective (3)

Examines psychopathology of human behavior within social work context, prevailing diagnostic models (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V), and historically oppressive categorizations. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work; Clinical concentration course; PP&A Required Crossover course.

7920 Advanced Foundations of Human Behavior for Administrators (3)

Examination of relevant theoretical and behavioral foundations in order that students can acquire the knowledge to function as a social work administrator. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work; PP&A concentration course.

7952 Research Methods in Social Work (3)

Examines research methodology and design as applied to the study of social work techniques and problems. Emphasizes differential uses of scientific observation and techniques for developing knowledge and improving practice. Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work; Foundation level course.

7971 Graduate Field Practicum I (4)

Supervised social work practice in a school-approved agency providing a full range of intervention experiences. Winter semester, two or three days per week. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work; 7710, 7720, 7730, 7760; Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work; 7000, 7710, 7720, 7730, Prerequisites or Co-requisite: 7740, 7770 or 7780, 7820 or 7920; 7952; Co-requisite: 7760; Foundation level course.

8010 Child Abuse and Neglect Assessment and Intervention (3)

In-depth exploration of identification of and interventions with abused/neglected children and their families. Examines roles for social work with both victims and perpetrators. Examines how environmental factors affect successful intervention. Counts as an elective.

8020 Social Work in Schools (3)

The course focuses on the etiology and development of child and adolescent educational, social, emotional, and behavioral health disorders encountered, identified and treated in school settings. Educational disabilities and related polices and the interdisciplinary nature of school settings will be highlighted. Counts as an elective.

8030 Client Case Management, Networking, and Advocacy (3)

Examines the key role of clinical case management across all social work client populations. Models of case management for and techniques applicable to those populations will be developed for effective practice. Prerequisite: graduate standing in social work and 7770; Counts as a clinical selective.

8050 Resiliency and Solution-Focused Practice (3)

Focuses on brief therapy approaches to dealing with clinical problems in a time-efficient, clinically effective method. Various approaches to solution-oriented work based in resiliency theory are presented. Stresses client empowerment across the lifespan. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work and 7770; Counts as a clinical selective.

8060 Trauma Informed Practice and Intervention (3)

Focuses on evidence-based techniques for intervening with survivors of trauma. Content includes developmental theories on trauma and attachment, holistic and culturally aware assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder, the impact of trauma on the development of ‘self’, and evidence-based models for micro clinical practice. Resiliency, generational trauma, and trauma-informed agency are additional topics used to facilitate learning. Counts as a clinical selective.

8070 Cognitive Behavioral Practice (3)

Focuses on the theory, concepts, and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapies, with a particular emphasis on clinical intervention methods that may be used by the social worker to address specific client needs. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work & SW7770 Strategies of Clinical Social Work Intervention; Counts as a clinical selective.

8080 Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Practice (3)

This course is an introduction to the theory, concepts and practice of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an evidenced-based practice and form of cognitive-behavioral treatment. There will be an emphasis on application methods across settings that a social worker may use to work with clients with pervasive emotion dysregulation as well as other difficult to treat clients where other forms of treatment have not been effective. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work & SW7770 Strategies of Clinical Social Work Intervention; Counts as a clinical selective.

8210 Disability Rights Advocacy (3)

Highlights historical views of disabilities in relationship to contemporary policies, programs and services. This cross-disability focus examines the shift in focus from cure, care, and treatment to participation, capabilities, adapting environments, and building community. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; SW7710 recommended; Counts as an elective.

8240 Policy and Advocacy for Empowered Aging (3)

Reframes aging to guide students in their understanding of policies that impact older adults in contemporary U.S. society. Students explore community resource delivery, the continuum of services, and planning for 21st century aging through a strengths-based lens. This course examines the role of advocacy in practice. Counts an elective.

8350 Management of a Social Agency (3)

Basic resource management and control techniques common to social agencies with emphasis on personnel management, information and data management, and fiscal management. Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work; PP& A concentration course.

8953 Evaluative Research in Social Work (3)

Develop ability to design and implement appropriate evaluative research methods and strategies employed in social and human service delivery. Prerequisites: SOC_WK 7952. Restricted to graduate Social Work majors.

8955 Independent Study in Social Work (1-6)

Intensive investigation of phenomena germane to area of concentration carried out with guidance of faculty. May include data collection; leads to a written report in publishable format. Prerequisite: graduate standing; counts as a policy, diversity, or free elective; consent required.

8970 Professional Practice Seminar I (3)

Provides integrative learning experience in social work practice in an area of beginning specialization in autonomous social work practice. Prerequisites: graduate standing; consent required. Co-requisite: 8971.

8971 Graduate Field Practicum II (cr.arr.)

Field instruction tailored to concentration interests, developing depth in clinical skills in direct service or in planning and administration. Graded on S/U basis only; Prerequisites: graduate standing in social work; successful completion of all required graduate coursework except 8970; Co-requisite: 8970.