My teaching philosophy is based upon feminist principles, including the embracing and valuing of diversity; the provision of mutual support and respect within the classroom; attention to issue of power and privilege in the classroom and in practice; and a valuing of praxis (or the dialectical nature of practice, reflection and knowledge). This pedagogical position is predicated on the belief that to be effective social work practitioners, students must understand and appreciate the multiplicity and complexity inherent in human existence. I believe that one of the best places to foster this understanding is within the classroom.
Builds upon the foundation content of SOWK 306, providing understandings of social welfare policy analysis with micro, mezzo and macro social work policy practice knowledge skills. Prepares students to participate in the policy-making process, integrating both policy analytical and formulation skills, as well as understanding the methods and strategies for advocating for policy change and new policies. Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 306. Four hours per week.
SOWK 607 SOCIAL WELF POL PRCTC: AN & AD (Fall 2019)
Provides understandings of social welfare policy analysis with micro, mezzo and macro social work policy practice knowledge skills. Prepares for participation in the policy making process, integrating both policy analytical and formulation skills, as well as understanding the methods and strategies for advocating for policy change and new policies. Prerequisite: For graduate study only. Three hours per week.
SOWK 623 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III (Spring 2020)
Third of three practice courses preparing students for a generalist approach to social work. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with emphasis on macro level problem solving. Includes theories and techniques needed for practice within an organization and/or community context. Prerequisite: SOWK 620. Pre or Corequisite: SOWK 622. Three hours per week.
SOWK 630 THEOR ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR II (Spring 2020)
Examines the development of communities and organizations as social systems. Human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation is a major component. Reflects social work's unique integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand the multiple influences on behavior. Macro sociological theories for critical analyses of society, communities, social institutions and social organizations are presented. Develops macro assessment skills. Prerequisite: SOWK 610 or permission of department. Three hours per week.