This course deals with labeling, socialization, ecological, structural-functional, and conflict theories as macro-level theories. This course ends with a review of cultural, social reproduction, and postmodern orientations.
SASS 613. Advanced Research Design (3)
This foundation course in research methods is required of all students. It is a prerequisite to the quantitative and qualitative courses. Research designs and methods relevant to social welfare planning, policy development, practice and administration are examined.
SASS 614. Models of Qualitative Research (3)
This required course introduces the social scientific paradigms for qualitative research and then explores varying qualitative research models, including ethnography, grounded theory and life history methods. Prereq: SASS 608, SASS 613, and SASS 618.
SASS 615. Social Statistics and Data Analysis (3)
This foundation course (or its equivalent) is required of all students. Content includes univariate, bivariate and inferential statistics, and the use of electronic data processing technology to manage and analyze data. Prereq: SASS 613.
SASS 616. Applied Regression and the General Linear Model (3)
This is the second required course in the research methods sequence for MSASS doctoral students. At the end of this course, students will be able to apply ordinary least squares regression and logistic regression in the analysis of social science data. They will learn to formulate research questions and hypotheses, specify statistical models, carry out the appropriate analyses, interpret their findings, and communicate their results clearly and effectively. Prereq: SASS 615 or equivalent approved by instructor.
SASS 617. Specialization Seminar (3)
This course focuses on problem definitions and research issues related to specialized populations, fields of service and practice roles. The issues selected as the focus are based on faculty and student interests. Prereq: SASS 614 or SASS 618.
SASS 618. Measurement Issues in Quantitative Research (3)
This course covers the operationalization of social science concepts and development of methods for their measurement. Issues covered include index and scale construction, validity, reliability, questionnaire design, factor analysis, measurement error, and missing data. Prereq: SASS 615 and SASS 616.
SASS 620. Theory and Research Base of Social Work Practice (3)
This course provides a critical overview of the major theories and the body of research informing contemporary social work practice. Theories will include the foundational, such as psychodynamic, ego-psychological, ecological and systems, along with trans-theoretical and post-modern theories. The course will integrate a discussion of the history of scientific inquiry in social work, particularly focusing on practice or intervention studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Criteria for evaluating individual studies and the evidence base in specific practice areas will be included, along with material on the current state of Evidence-Based Practice. Recommended preparation: SASS 610.
SASS 621. Social Welfare Policy (3)
This course focuses on the critical review and application of policy analysis frameworks related to social welfare policy. The conceptual, historical, ideological, and political foundations contributing to the development, formulation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of social welfare policies will be critiqued. Social welfare policies intended to ameliorate social ills (e.g., poverty, education, housing) will be analyzed using policy analysis frameworks in a critical and comparative fashion. Policy alternatives to respond to current and future social problems will be critically discussed for feasibility, viability and economic effects. Recommended preparation: SASS 610.
SASS 630. Seminar on Social Work Education (3)
This seminar examines the structure and content of social work education within the context of higher education in American society. Emphasis is placed on curriculum design and course development. The course also is designed to help students develop a strategic approach to teaching based on learning theory. Finally, attention is given to current issues and future directions for social work education.
SASS 632. Research Project (3)
This course provides students with the opportunity to work with specific faculty engaged in research studies either on an individual or group basis. Prereq: 614 and SASS 615.
SASS 635. Methodological Issues in Qualitative Research (3)
This course builds on SASS 614, Models of Qualitative Research. It focuses on the application of specific qualitative data-collection methods, data-analytic approaches, and strategies for representing findings from qualitative investigations. Prereq: SASS 614.
SASS 637. Individual Reading (1 - 18)
This is an individual reading course permitting students to select areas of interest and pursue these interests with specific faculty.
SASS 701. Dissertation Ph.D. (1 - 18)
This course is intended for students who have passed the qualifying examination and are actively working on their dissertation. Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone.
Course Descriptions (SPPP)
SPPP 500. Special Topics in Social Work Policy (3)
This seminar course is intended for students who are interested in exploring advanced topics in social policy.
SPPP 502. Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy and Service Delivery (3)
This course explores selected current alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) problems using a problem analysis framework. Emphasis is placed on current and past AODA problem definitions as they affect policy and program development. Conceptualization of the problems resulting from AODA patterns of use and abuse, causation theories, the impact of cultural and social diversity as well as discrimination upon all client systems, and the role of local and national institutions which advocate for this population group are reviewed. Prereq: SASS 470 or SASS 400TR.
SPPP 510. Mental Health Policy and Service Delivery (3)
This course is designed for students preparing for careers as social workers in the mental health field with an understanding of mental health policy and service delivery at the federal, state, and local levels. Through readings, lectures, discussion, and written assignments, the course will aid students in developing a macro-level perspective of mental health policies and programs. Prereq: SASS 470 or SASS 400TR.
SPPP 511. Issues in Health Policy and Service Delivery (3)
This course examines health care policy issues and options, and highlights the development of health care policy in the U.S., the influence of health policy development, and the role of social work. It also examines the problems, policy, and program issues in the subsidy, financing, reorganization, and regulatory capacity of health policy. National, state, and local issues will be stressed. The course is for students in the health concentration but also welcomes students from other areas. Prereq: SASS 470 or SASS 400TR.
SPPP 512. Legislative and Political Process (3)
This course focuses on how to deal effectively with legislators, their staff, and legislative systems. The roles of money and information in legislative and political systems are examined. The process through which a bill moves to become law is explored, including critical points of intervention in that process. Lobbying legislators, including presentation of testimony and use of coalitions, is featured. Prereq: SASS 470 or SASS 400TR.
SPPP 513. Aging Policy and Service Delivery (3)
This course reviews current income, health, and social service policies for older Americans. It also investigates patterns and levels of care for the elderly. Trends and issues in policies and programs for seniors are analyzed in the context of the dimensions and differential characteristics of the aging population in the country. Some cross-national comparisons of services for the elderly are included in this analysis. Prereq: SASS 470 or SASS 400TR.
SPPP 520. Homelessness Policy and Service Delivery (3)
This course provides an understanding of homelessness and its incidence and prevalence, its origins, both historical and social, its consequences, and policy-based strategies for its prevention. The course investigates the impact of homelessness on single individuals, families with children, minorities, and vulnerable populations such as the mentally ill and alcoholics. Students, organized into a task force, examine a range of professional and community-based responses to the problem. The task force method enables students to assess the effects of public policy on homeless people, critique the effectiveness and adequacy of local shelter and service programs, and propose community-based strategies to prevent, stop, and better homelessness. Prereq: SASS 470 or SASS 400TR.
SPPP 525. AIDS Seminar (3)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of HIV/AIDS. The nature and prevalence of the disease, including its impact upon vulnerable populations such as children and youth, women, gay and lesbian populations, people of color, prisoners, IV drug users, and street people are examined. The course focuses on public policies, programs, and service delivery for HIV/AIDS at local, state, and national levels. Topics include the policy-making role of advocacy groups, the function of AIDS service organizations, and the design of educational and preventive programs. Prereq: SASS 470 or SASS 400TR.
SPPP 529. Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery (3)
This course focuses on major federal legislation impacting children, youth, and families, examined in the context of community based social work policy/practice. It builds upon the foundation course in social welfare policy and enables students to use an advocacy approach to provide policy-informed services and to participate in policy and implementation and change. Prereq: SASS 470 or SASS 400TR.
Course Descriptions (SRCH)
SRCH 530. Practice Evaluation (3)
This advanced course prepares direct practice students to examine their own practice with individuals, families, and groups. Attention is given to basic principles of measurement and selection of appropriate measurement instruments for use in direct practice settings. The course is intended to provide students with the technical skills necessary to investigate the components of social work practice and contribute to an empirically validated social work knowledge base. The student is asked to determine the efficacy of his/her practice intervention in field placement by using a suitable design and method. A hands-on project is required using clinical experience from field practice. Prereq: SASS 426 and SRCH 426 or SASS 400-TR.
SRCH 536. Individual Research Practicum (3)
With instructor and research sequence chair approval, an individual program of supervised research experience may be undertaken. This course allows the student to tailor a program of applied research to a specific practice issue or program. Prereq: SASS 426.
Course Descriptions (SSBT)
SSBT 500. Special Topics in Sociobehavioral Theory (1 - 3)
This seminar is intended for students who are interested in exploring advanced topics of current interest in sociobehavioral theory.
SSBT 502. Infant and Toddler Development (3)
In this course, students will focus on that segment of the human life span called infancy and toddlerhood, a period of development from conception to age three years. Students will be introduced to the major theories of development and will integrate theory and research as they relate to children’s physical and motor development, perception, intelligence, language and communication development, and social and emotional development. The impact of the family and sociocultural contexts that affect development will be discussed. Discussion, case studies, and observations will be used to facilitate learning. Prereq: SASS 440 or SASS 400TR.
SSBT 527. The Theory and Practice of Leadership (3)
This course assists students preparing for management and leadership roles in social service organizations to understand theories of leadership and translate them into effective leadership practices. The class explores leadership definitions, tasks and responsibilities, and the development of leadership capabilities. Students also examine their personal values, beliefs, skills, and understanding of ethical principles underlying leadership. Prereq: SASS 440 or SASS 400TR.
SSBT 535. Human Sexuality (3)
The course addresses sexuality as an integral part of human functioning and human relationships throughout the life cycle. The formation of sexual identity is addressed, including gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual intention. The physiological and psychological aspects of sexual behavior are covered, including the effects of aging, chronic illness, and sexually transmitted diseases. The course concludes with practical applications for social work, including an overview of assessment and treatment of sexual dysfunction. Prereq: SASS 440 or SASS 400TR.
SSBT 546. Welfare Reform and Poverty (3)
This course identifies and critically analyzes major theories of urban poverty and their implications for social policy in contemporary American society. Economic, sociocultural, cultural, and integrative theories of poverty are examined. Case studies of poverty theories for social policy and the elimination of poverty are addressed. Prereq: SASS 440 or SASS 400TR.
SSBT 555. Women’s Issues (3)
This course examines theories that are relevant to the development and socialization of women, and discusses issues that are relevant to women’s lives within the context of oppression based on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination. Emphasis is placed on assisting students in becoming more aware of the issues that are specifically relevant to their own development and socialization, and preparing for effective and sensitive professional practice by increasing knowledge about the issues facing women. Prereq: SASS 440 or SASS 400TR.
Course Descriptions (SSWM)
SSWM 500. Special Topics in Social Work Methods (1 - 3)
This seminar course is intended for students who are interested in exploring advanced topics of current interest in methods. Prereq: SSWM 400 or SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 518. Death and Dying (3)
This course focuses on the concept of death and related topics from a social work perspective. Such topics include the role of death in American culture; the dying process and its institutions; assessment and intervention strategies; life span and family life considerations; and end-of-life decisions. The course provides both theoretical and experiential exposure to the dying process as it relates to self, the dying person, and the bereaved. Students will gain insight into serving the terminally ill, those who need assistance with mourning and grief, and clients dealing with difficult life-and-death decisions regarding loved ones. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 519. School Social Work Seminar (3)
This course prepares students to be certified school social workers. The course addresses major issues in American schools; a theoretical framework for school social work services; design, deliverance, and evaluation of school social work services; legal and ethical issues; and the roles and intervention strategies of school social workers. It covers student and family problems and areas of need such as disability, truancy, divorce, teen pregnancy, youth depression and suicide, substance abuse, violence, and dropping out of school. This course is required for those participating in a planned program of study leading to state certification as a school social worker. If space permits, other students may enroll if they have or have had school social work experience. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 530. Managing Organizational Change (3)
This course provides a conceptual and practical understanding of planned change in human service organizations considering both organizational resources and achieving outcomes for clients. Skills and strategies for identifying needs for change, preparing and managing a change process, and institutionalizing change are critically examined. Prereq: SSWM 400 and SASS 400TR.
SSWM 531. Strategic Alliances (3)
This course provides organizational leaders with the concepts and practices critical to the development of interorganizational alliances, from affiliations to mergers and consolidations. Various strategies are examined and existing community-based national and international linkages are explored. Prereq: SASS 477 and SASS 478 and SASS 400TR.
SSWM 541. Attracting Government, Foundation, and Corporate Support (3)
This course reviews the trends, types of support available, sources of information, processes for accessing, criteria for decision-making, and the “politics” of grant, contract, in-kind, or other support. Preparation of winning proposals constitutes a special focus. Nonprofit organizations’ accountability, stewardship, and recognition responsibilities or activities are explored. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 544. Budgeting and Financial Management in Social Service Organizations (3)
Social service managers must be both responsible and accountable for the management of resources that enhance the provision of effective and efficient services to clients. In this course, students obtain an understanding of the skills, tools, and strategies needed to plan for the financial stability of their organizations. Students use a critical thinking perspective to examine budgetary and financial choices. They are able to understand the impact of power and politics in budget and financial processes. In addition, they are able to recognize ethical dilemmas that are often inherent in financial decision-making. Students demonstrate their understanding of program budgeting, financial reporting, and monitoring as well as other resource management concerns that affect human service managers and organizations. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 546. International Social Work (3)
This is an advanced seminar designed for students interested in the international dimensions of the social work profession and social work practice. The seminar focuses on commonalities and differences in the roles and functions of social workers in different nations. It also gives attention to social work as a global profession and social work practice on an international level. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 563. Social Work Intervent in Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disor (3)
This advanced methods course provides a basic orientation to substance use disorders in persons with mental illness (SAMI). A biopsychosocial framework will be used to explore the etiology, the maintenance and the recovery of both mental and substance use disorders. The historical background of practitioner, programmatic, and institutional barriers that impede the development and application of clinical skills to dually diagnosed individuals will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for the implementation of services to deal with individuals with co-occurring problems and their families using the evidence-based New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center Integrated Treatment (IT) Model. Current assessment techniques and treatment of special populations including, but not limited to: women, minorities, and adolescents will be discussed. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 573. Home-Based Family Interventions (3)
This course provides students with an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of family preservation services and practice. Home-Based Family Interventions encompasses the values, attitudes, beliefs, knowledge base, and skills necessary for the beginning home-based worker. The course reviews the theories that guide family-centered services, examines models of family preservation services across various service systems, reviews current research on home-based services, and teaches skills or competencies necessary for home-based family work. A variety of teaching methods is used to learn, observe, and practice new skills. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 575. Social Work with Persons with Serious Mental Illness (3)
This course focuses on people who have severe mental illnesses. Students learn primary and tertiary community-based treatment and rehabilitative approaches, services, and programs. In helping people achieve recovery, students learn the theory and practice skills that underscore the four major approaches to community-based service delivery: the assertive case management model; strengths case management model, psychosocial rehabilitation model, and the recovery model. Within each model, specific attention is placed on practice similarities and differences, especially interviewing assessment, and intervention. Within these practice skills, students learn how to identify social justice and empowerment values that are supported or undermined. Advocacy is highlighted as a central social work value and practice skill that cuts across community-based practice models. Finally, lectures, readings, and discussions examine how gender, ethnicity, and social class produce various experiences of mental illness and various social work interventions. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 579. Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (3)
This course acquaints students with the theoretical, conceptual, and skill bases of several cognitive-behavioral approaches to practice. Topics include assessment, use of tasks and homework, coping skills, cognitive restructuring, and problem solving approaches to practice. The course draws upon students’ field and work experiences to illustrate the application of the concepts and skills under discussion. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR
SSWM 582. Social Work in Child Abuse and Family Violence (3)
This course addresses the etiology, investigation, and treatment of child abuse including sexual abuse and the roles of child welfare, health, and mental health agencies. Particular attention is given to direct work with children and adults who have experienced abuse, and to interventions in instances of family violence. Prereq: SASS 440 and SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 584. Social Work with Couples (3)
This course provides an overview of assessment and intervention methods for working with couples around issues of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Alternate couple forms are discussed. The course emphasizes systems and social learning approaches, communication and negotiation in problem solving and its relevance to assessment, treatment structure, and techniques. Special attention will be given to problem areas such as commitment, sexual dysfunction, chemical dependency, and destructive communication patterns. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 585. Social Work with Groups (3)
A theoretical formulation of the social group work method as a problem solving process is addressed. Exercises are presented in the use of diagnostic skills to determine individual needs and problems for which groups may be helpful, the worker’s role in facilitating group functioning through his/her use of various program media. Attention is given to the significance of goals, agency environment, and policy for direct work with groups. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR.
SSWM 586. Race and Class: Implications for Social Work Practice (3)
This course provides students with the opportunity to integrate concentration content within a perspective focusing on social work practice within the context of race and class. Specific attention will be focused on the development of a practice model that takes into account the impact of race and class on social functioning. Students will explore the effects of race and class on critical life areas such as education, housing, access to health care services, and the involvement with the justice system. Prereq: SASS 477 or SASS 400TR