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Social Work                            
College of Health and Human Services    
                Division of  Human Development

Master of Social Work

 

Faculty

Larry Ortiz, Program Director

Susan Nakaoka, Director of Fieldwork and Admissions

Dennis Corbin, Susan Einbinder

Program Office

WH B-385  (310) 243-3170

Faculty Offices: 

WH B-385

Student Services Center - Advising:

WH A-300, (310) 243-2120 or (800) 844-5484

 

Program Description

The Master of Social Work Degree Program is designed to prepare students for advanced professional, multicultural social work practice.  Students also learn to practice as professional social workers with persons and groups representing the range of human diversity and with all size systems (individuals, families, groups, communities and institutions).  In addition, students are prepared for advanced, specialized practice in concentrations of Childresn Youth and Families and Community Health/Mental Health.

The program of study, which leads to the Master of Social Work degree, consists of five interdependent foundation areas, which continue for two years (four semesters).  The five areas are practice, human behavior, policy, research and field education.  The basic curriculum of th efirst year introduces students to the range of social welfare problems and programs and to the varieties of human behavior with which social work is concerned.  At the same time, students learn the methods by which the social worker, the social agency and the organized community work with people and problems.  Field instruction, under supervision in a social agency, is scheduled for 16 hours a week, enabling students to apply theory to practice.  All foundation areas include content on diversity, social work values and ethics, social justice and populations at risk.  At the end of the first year, students are expected to have acquired a sense of professional responsibility and the ability to use knowledge on behalf of the individual, the group, and the community. 

In the second year, the curriculum is planned to combine areas of concentration around major intervention systems with the generalist base obtained in the first year of study.  The second year curriculum offers two advanced practice concentrations: Children, Youth and Families, and Community Health/Mental Health.  Elective courses are also available as part of the second year curriculum.  Research and field internship requiresments will also be related to concentrations.  Students are expected to adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and must respect the clients' right to privacy and confidentiality.

The system of curriculum offerings provides a strong educational program with a continuing commitment to a generalist base and focused set of concentrations, in combination with a range of options to meet special interests.  This problem enables graduates to move into the social work community with a combination of knowledge and skills in a broad arena, as well as in-depth knowledge and skills in a particular method or area of service.  The curricululm builds on a liberal arts foundation that all entering students are required to have.  Special instruction in human biology, statistics and English compusition is required.  In addition, the applicant should have a range of undergraduate cousework in the humanities and the social and physical sciences. 

 

Academic Advisement

Interested students should contact the College of Health and Human Services Student Services Center at sohadvising@csudh.edu or call 1-800-344-5484 x2120 for program specific information, application packet and additional information.

Admission to the Major in Occupational Therapy

Applicants must submit two separate applications to the MSOT Program and to CSU Dominguez Hills.

Completed applications and supporting documents should be mailed to:

College of Health and Human Services

Division of Human Development

Master of Social Work Program

Welch Hall A 330

CSU Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street

Carson, CA 90747

Applications for admission to CSU Dominguez Hills may be obtained on-line at www.csumentor.edu. or through Outreach and Information Services located on the second floor of Welch Hall.

 

Admission Requirements

1.   Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four year institution with a liberal arts background with a GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or better in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of undergraduate work.

2.   Following is a list of eight courses that span four educational areas that a successful applicant should have satisfactorily comleted in their undergraduate education:

•   Human biology or anatomy and physiology

•   Statistics for the social sciences

•   English composition

•   Three courses in the behavioral science in any of the following areas: sociology, cultural anthropology, psychology, economics, political science, gender or ethnic studies

•   Two courses in humanities from any of the following areas: philosophy, history, literature, religious studies, performing or visual arts, etc.

Students without this background are encouraged to apply and may be admitted to the MSWprogram but will likely be required to complete certain liberal arts requirements prior to matriculation.        

3.   Official transcripts of all previous college work submitted to the Social Work Department as well as to the Office of Admissions.     

4.   Good standing in the last institution attended.          

5.   One course in statistics or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

6.   One course in either human biology or anatomy and physiology or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

7.   Students must submit a 5-7 page questionaire.

8.   Resume.

9.   Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for graduate study.

10. Completion of the CSUDH Graduate School applicaion.

 

Master of Social Work

Total Course Requirements for the Master's Degree (57-60 units)

The Students must maintain a 3.00 grade point average to remain a student in good standing in the Social Work program.  A student will be placed on probation if, in any term, he or she fails to earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for work taken through that term.  During a subsequest probationary term, the student must achieve a grade point average sufficiently high to bring the cumulative grade point average to 3.0 or better.  Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.  Students must also earn a grade of "B" or better in their practice courses. 

Students may not earn social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

See the "Requirements for the Master's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

A.  Foundation Year (30 units)

MSW 500.   Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)

MSW 501.   Human Behavior and the Social Enviornment II (3)

MSW 510.   Social Welfare Policy I (3)

MSW 511.   Social Welfare Policy II (3)

MSW 520.   Generalist Social Work Practice I (3)

MSW 521.   Generalist Social Work Practice II (3)

MSW 523.   Social Justice in Social Work Practice (3)

MSW 540.   Fieldwork Practicum I (3)

MSW 541.   Fieldwork Practicum II (3)

B.  Concentration Year (18 units)

1.   Children, Youth and Families Concentration (CYF)

MSW 550.     Generalist Social Work Practice III: CYF (3)

MSW 553.     Multicultural Perspectives of Practice (3)

MSW 555.     Generalist Social Work Practice IV: Administration (3)

MSW 560.     Social Welfare Policy: CYF (3)

MSW 570.     Fieldwork Practicum III (3)

MSW 571.     Fieldwork Practicum IV (3)

2.   Community Health/Mental Health Concentration (CH/MH)

MSW 551.     Generalist Social Work Practice III: CH/MH (3)

MSW 553.     Multicultural Perspectives of Practice (3)

MSW 555.     Generalist Social Work Practice IV: Administration (3)

MSW 561.     Social Welfare Policy: CH/MH (3)

MSW 570.     Fieldwork Practicum III (3)

MSW 571.     Fieldwork Practicum IV (3)

C.  Electives (6 units)

MSW 580.   Seminar in Child Welfare Issues (3)

MSW 581.   Seminar in Health Care Issues (3)

MSW 582.   Seminar in Mental Health Issues (3)

D.  Capstone (Culminating Experience) Requirement (3-6 units)

1.   Directed Project or Thesis (6)

MSW 598.     Directed Research (3)

MSW 599.     Thesis

2.   Comprehensive Examination (3)

MSW 598.     Directed Research (3)

                 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.  For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Graduate

MSW 500 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3).

Co-requisites:  MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523, and MSW 540.

Focus on individual and family life span.  Examine individual and family devlopment in the context of social, political, historical, and cultural variables.  Individual and family behavior is examined for its unique expressions of strength and abilities in the course of achieving spychosocial, cognitive, moral, and spiritual develpmental tasks.

MSW 501 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3).

Prerequisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523, and MSW 540.  Co-requisites:  MSW 511, MSW 521, MSW 530, and MSW 541.

Examines the interrelationships among social institutions, social structure, and social processes, on the one hand, and the realities of the lives of individuals, families, groups, communitites, organizations, and societies, on the other.

MSW 510 Social Welfare Policy I (3).

Co-requisites:  MSW 500, MSW 520, MSW 523 and MSW 540.

Philosophical and historical foundations of the profession of social work and the domin of social welfare.  Includes a review of major federally sponsored social policies and programs in the US and the relationship between social problems and programmatic professional responses.

MSW 511 Social Welfare Policy II (3).

Prerequisites:  MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523 and MSW 540.  Co-requisites:  MSW 510, MSW 511, MSW 530 and MSW 541.

Analysis of social welfare policies and program operations, including the linkages of social, economic, cultural, political, adminstrative and legal dimensions. Comparisons of various policy analysis frameworks; the legislative process and involvement of social workers therein.

MSW 520 Generalist Social Work Practice I (3).

Co-requisites:  MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 523, and MSW 540.

Focus on theories, principles, and models underlying generic social work practice with primary emphasis on working with individuals and families.  Emphasis is placed on effective and equitable multicultural and contextual deliver and interventions with poor, vulnerable and oppressed populations.

MSW 521 Generalist Social Work Practice II (3).

Prerequisites:  MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523, and MSW 540.  Co-requisites: MSW 501, MSW 511, MSW 530, and MSW 541.

Theories, models, and principles for generic social work practice with groups, communities, and organizations.  Emphasis is placed on effective and equitable multicultural contextual service delivery and interventions with poor, vulnerable and oppressed populations.

MSW 523 Social Justice in Social Work Practice (3).

Prerequisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 530 and MSW 540.  Co-requisites:  MSW 501, MSW 511, MSW 521 and MSW 541.

Examines the impact of diversity in social work practice.  Included will be an analysis life experiences of diverse ethnic populations.

MSW 530 Social Welfare Research (3).

Co-requisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520 and MSW 540.

Introduction to research methods, including conceptualization of research problems, literature review, research design, sampling, measurement, data collection and data analysis, and the strategies of evaluating service delivery in all areas of practice.

MSW 540 Fieldwork Practicum I (3).

Co-requisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, and MSW 523.

Supervided agency experience designed to develop generalist practice skills in working with individuals, families, groups and communities with emphasis on cross cultural practice.  Two hours weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement.  CR/NC grading.

MSW 541 Fieldwork Practicum II (3).

Prerequisites: MSW 500, MSW 510, MSW 520, MSW 523, and MSW 540.  Co-requisites:  MSW 501, MSW 511, MSW 521, and MSW 530.

Supervised agency experience designed to apply the knowledge, skills and values learned in MSW 520 and MSW 521 and activities of MSW 540.  Two hours of seminar and 16 hours in agency placement.  CR/NC grading.

MSW 550 Generalist Social Work III: Children, Youth and Families (3).

Prerequisites:  Completion of foundation year courses.  Co-requisite:  MSW 570.

Provides an in-depth overview of current advanced theoretical models and frameworks and a variety of practice skills designed to work effectively with children, youth and families.

MSW 551 Generalist Social Work III: Community Health/Mental Health (3).

Prerequisites:  Completion of foundation year courses.  Co-requisite: MSW 570.

Provides an in-depth overview of current advanced theoretical models and frameworks and a variety of practice skills designed to work effectively with public and non-profit agencies delivering community health and metal health services.

MSW 553 Multicultural Perspectives of Practice (3).

Prerequisites: Completion of foundation year courses.  Co-requisite: MSW 570.

Theory and practice with ethnically, racially, religiously diverse propulations utilizing a multi-dimentional, cross-cultural framework and case materials to analyze treatment issures and empowerment strategies.

MSW 555 Social Work Practice IV: Administration (3).

Prerequisites: Completion of foundation year courses.  Co-requisite: MSW 571.

Provides an introduction and overview of methodologies for supervision, consultation, management, administration and planning within social service settings.

MSW 560 Social Welfare Policy III: Children, Youth and Families (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to Candidacy and completion of foundation year courses. Co-requisites:  MSW 550, MSW 553, MSW 570 and MSW 598.

Advanced understanding of key issues, concepts, and skills associated with policy analysis and development of policy alternatives and political action within human service systems focused on children and families.

MSW 561 Social Welfare Policy III: Community Health/Mental Health (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to Candidacy and completion of foundation year courses. Co-requisites:  MSW 550, MSW 553, MSW 570 and MSW 598.

Designed to provide students with advanced understanding of key issues, concepts, and skills associated with policy analysis and development of policy alternatives adn political action within human service systems focused on public and non-profit agencies delivering health and mental health services.

MSW 570 Fieldwork Practicum III (3).

Prerequisites:  Completion of foundation year courses.  Co-requisites:  MSW 550 or MSW 551.

Continued supervised agency experience at an advanced level in both direct and administrative program development areas within the student's area of concentration, with an emphasis on cross-cultural practice.  One hour weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement.  CR/NC grading.

MSW 571 Fieldwork Practicum IV (3).

Prerequisites:  Completion of foundation year courses and MSW 550 or MSW 551, MSW 553, MSW 570, and MSW 598.  Co-requisite: MSW 555.

Continued supervised agency experience at an advanced level in both direct and adminsitrative program development areas within the student's area of concentration, with an emphasis on cross-cultural practice.  One hour weekly seminar and 16 hours in agency placement.  CR/NC grading.

MSW 580 Seminar in Child Welfare Issues (3).

Prerequisite:  Advancement to candidacy.

Critical analysis of child maltreatment and neglect, focusing upon recent research and treatment innovations.

MSW 581 Seminar in Health Care Issues (3).

Prerequisite:  Advancement to candidacy.

Social work processes from intake to termination with an emphasis on clinical skills required for social work practice in a broad spectrum of health settings.

MSW 582 Seminar in Mental Health Issues (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy.

Social work processes from intake to termination with an emphasis on clinical skills required for social work practice in a broad spectrum of mental health settings.

MSW 598 Directed Research: Preparation for Culminating Experience (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy and consent of program coordinator.  Co-requisites: MSW 551 or MSW 551, MSW 553, MSW 560 or MSW 561, and MSW 570.

Extensive research on a subject related to the student's area of concentration under the guidance of a faculty member.  Designed to prepare students for the Project, Thesis or their Comprehensive Examination. CR/NC grading.

MSW 599 Project or Thesis (3).

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy.

Students will complete a scholarly project or thesis under the supervision of an assigned faculty.  Top be repeated up to 6-units.  This course may not be taken if the student has failed the Comprehensive Examination.  CR/NC grading.

 

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