Social Work
Holloway Hall

Foundation Curriculum Objectives

The MSW program foundation courses are designed to provide students with opportunities to develop generalist practice skills by meeting the following objectives. Upon completion of the foundation curriculum, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply the social work generalist perspective to practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations

  2. Demonstrate beginning level of cultural understanding appropriate to the practice setting

  3. Practice without discrimination with respect to client’s age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation

  4. Communicate effectively across client systems

  5. Understand and demonstrate the importance of confidentiality with respect to clients

  6. Practice consistent with the value base and ethical guidelines of the profession

  7. Use supervision and consultation appropriate to effective and ethical practice

  8. Work constructively within an organization

  9. Seek organizational change when necessary

  10. Apply critical thinking skills to generalist practice

  11. Can demonstrate understanding of mechanisms that influence policies

  12. Understand how the history of the social welfare system has influenced the development of the current social welfare system

  13. Analyze the impact of social welfare policies on client systems of all sizes

  14. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination

  15. Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand interactions between or among individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

  16. Design and carry out an evaluation of one’s own practice

  17. Demonstrate the ability to conduct client assessment with appreciation for the importance of strength perspective in the planned change process.

  18. Demonstrate the ability to practice interventions with appreciation for the importance of strength perspective in the planned change process.

  19. Apply research findings to practice

  20. Use understanding of human bio-psycho-social-spiritual development across the life-span in assessment.