The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

Social Service (SSS) Graduate Courses

To view the complete schedule of courses for
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SSS 528: Human Sexuality

1.00 Credits

Examines the range of human sexual expression. Explores sexual issues and provides an overview of the social worker's role in counseling individuals with sex-related concerns.

SSS 539: Military Culture Implications For Practice

1.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 541: Grant Writing Basics for Nonprofit Administration

1.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 542: Money Changes Everything: Effective Fundraising Strategies to Change the World

1.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 544: Motivational Interviewing

1.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 545: Intro to DSM5

1.00 Credits

Introduces students to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Although differential diagnosis is not covered, issues for social workers making diagnoses are addressed. Especially suitable for students in appropriate Foundation Year field placements.

SSS 554: Homelessness: Individual and Societal Considerations

1.00 Credits

Students are made aware of the root causes of homelessness: the critical shortage of low-income housing, the problem of deinstitutionalization without mental health treatment and support in the community, the increasing scarcity of health care for the poor, and the economic factors and cutbacks in social programs which contribute to the feminization of poverty.

SSS 557: Catholic Social Thought and Contemporary Social Issues

1.00 Credits

Focuses on selected issues in Catholic social thought and its implementation through service and action. Participants will focus on contemporary social issues such as welfare reform, and analyze various positions from the perspective of the Social Encyclicals and the Pastoral Statements of the United States Catholic Bishops.

SSS 570: Diversity in a Multicultural Society

3.00 Credits

Utilizes strengths perspective to examine the resilience of populations-at-risk, particularly people of color, persons with disabilities, and gays and lesbians. Focuses on diversity in a global environment, including issues of discrimination, institutional racism, and economic deprivation. Intended to enhance/develop self awareness and sensitivity for a culturally competent social work practice.

SSS 570D: Diversity In Multicultural Society

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 571: Human Behavior & Social Environment I

3.00 Credits

Utilizes an ecological and systems perspective to examine the bio-psycho-social-spiritual human development across the life cycle. Examines normal development with a framework for the micro-mezzo, and macro theories. Emphasizes developing theories of strength and resilience, the impact of economic forces at the micro and macro levels.

SSS 571D: Human Behavior & Social Environment I

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 572: Human Development and Psychopathology

3.00 Credits

Utilizes an ecological and systems perspective to focus on maladaptive behaviors and problems of living and coping. Seeks to critically analyze categorization of pathology. At the macro level, examines consequences of social and economic justice on the development and functioning of all human systems.

SSS 572D: Human Development & Psychopathology

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 581: Social Welfare Policy & Services I

3.00 Credits

Presents the foundations of social welfare policy and programs, their history in the United States, as well as basic theories and concepts of policy analysis. Also explores the role of the social work profession in promoting social change within the context of ongoing social policy debates.

SSS 581D: Social Welfare Policy & Services I

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 582: Social Welfare Policy and Services II

3.00 Credits

Teaches students how to analyze social policy, to understand the legislative and budget processes and to develop and implement advocacy strategies to effect social policy change. The course is focused on effecting policy change with and for vulnerable and stigmatized populations and issues of power and oppression are considered throughout the semester.

SSS 582D: Social Welfare Policy and Services II

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 584: Legislative Processes

1.00 Credits

The purpose of this course is to engage students in the American legislative process, exploring the effects of this broad process on social workers' daily direct practice activities. This course will focus on the basic structures of the American branches of govenment (executive and ligislative), their interrelationship, as well as on the private sector participants/advocates who also influence the policy making process. It is expected that students will develop a strong grasp of the process of a bill becoming law, from its conceptualization ot passage (or failure to pass). Students will also become better acquainted with the impact of these broad policy decisions on their own work with individual clients and agencies. The goal is not only for students to understand policy, but also that students gain competence to become active participants in carrying out and even affecting policy. Methods for mastering the course material will include attendance and summarization of Congressional hearnings, completion of required readings and quizzes, and class discussion. Recent social welfare policies (Child Abuse & Prevention Act; Head Start; TANF, etc.) will be used as case examples.

SSS 586: Policy Analysis

1.00 Credits

The purpose of this course is to better equip students with the knowledge and tools neccessary to critically evaluate federal social welfare policy and to underscore the importance of policy and program evaluation in their own direct practice settings. In this course, students will be introduced to the practice of policy in social welfare. They will gain knowledge of policy in the context of social work practice, management, advocacy, community orgainizing, and policy making. It is expected that students will develop a keen understanding of the mechanics of policy formation and analysis, as well as an ability to evaluate the outcomes of certain policies. For example, what are the unintended outcomes of a specific piece of legislation? How are certain popualtions adversely affected by the mandates of policy? Required assignments will include exploration of the legislative history of a bill/piece of legislation, utilization of Internet-based websites to understand background of legislation, and creation of one's own policy/program evaluation framework.

SSS 588: Policy Advocacy

1.00 Credits

The purpose of this course is to integrate broad federal policy mandates with students' abilities to advocate on behalf of clients, agencies, and communities. The complexities in translating policy to practice will be explored as well as the potential ethical difficulties that may accompany these policy to practice issues. Individual and agency level case examples each pertaining to recent social welfare legislation will be examined and discussed.

SSS 590: Social Work Research

3.00 Credits

Provides a basic understanding of the research process and methods used by social scientists. Students learn to develop a systematic approach to practice problems, to formulate specific research questions, and to select and interpret appropriate statistical techniques.

SSS 590D: Social Work Research Methods

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 597: Social Work With Military Families and Veterans

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 605: Generalist Social Work Practice: Individual, Family and Groups

3.00 Credits

General lecture and class exercises provide the conceptual preparation for application of the generalist perspective to culturally competent social work practice with individuals, families, and treatment groups. Theory based models that follow generic social work processes provide the focus with individuals; models that integrate treatment approaches with family life cycle inform work with families; and generic group dynamics ground work with treatment groups. Prerequisites or co-requisites: 571, 572, 581; co-requisite: 673

SSS 605D: Generalist Social Work Practice: Indivual, Families and Groups

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 606: Generalist Social Work Practice w/Groups,Organizations, & Communities

3.00 Credits

General lecture and class exercises emphasize the social work methods of intervening with mezzo groups, organizations, and communities for the purpose of social change. The focus of the course presents theories of groups, organizations and communities and offers skills in how social workers can be effective working with citizens, clients, boards of directors, committees and task forces. A number of 'hands-on' problem solving experiences will be part of the course. Prerequisites or co-requisites: 571, 572, 581, 582, 570, 590, 605; co-requisite: 674

SSS 606D: Generalist Social Work Practice w/Groups,Organizations, & Communities

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 611: Child Welfare: Policy and Practice

3.00 Credits

Explores the history of societal and organizational responses to children and families at risk of child abuse and/or neglect. Blends policy and practice perspectives to study legal issues, service options, service continuum, and ethical concerns. Reviews the casework process related to delivery of services through mandated and voluntary child welfare programs. Encourages student awareness of and participation in policy debates to relevant House and Senate committees.

SSS 653: Attachment Theory and Neurobiology: Implications for Social Work Practice and Policy

3.00 Credits

This advanced elective provides an overview of the research and conceptual framework of attachment theory as it pertains to new directions in clinical practice and to social work policy. It describes the evolution of attachment theoroy from the original works of Bowlby and Ainsworth to the expansion of contemporary theory based on neurobiological research. The course emphasizes the importance of attachment and right brain affect regulatory functioning as basic to healthy development across the lifespan. Attention is placed on appreciating the role of secure parenting and the development of attachment relationships within the context of diverse cultures. Special emphasis is given to the implications of attachment research for policy formulation and to attachment-based treatment models for child and adult disorders. Prerequisites: SSS 571 and SSS 572.

SSS 655: Social Work Response to Trauma

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 656: Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Illness

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 656D: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Illnessess

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 662: Death

3.00 Credits

Confronting death may cause professionals discomfort in ways they have not been trained to identify. This course examines death and grief phenomenologically, and cross-culturally, through knowledge development and self explorations. Particular consideration of the fear of death and the effect of confronting one's mortality on a professional caregiver.

SSS 663: Treatment of Chemical Dependency

3.00 Credits

Presents different models of therapeutic intervention and modalities of treatment, covering processes from early identification through recovery and relapse prevention. Includes impact on spouse, young children, and adult children.

SSS 665: Theories and Models for Use in Health Care

3.00 Credits

This course provides the theoretical orientations and practical models to guide clinical social work interventions in diverse health settings. Through lectures, invited presentations, and course assignments, student will be able to apply effective interventions based on theories and models in the context of an illness prevention and control framework.

SSS 669: Policy Supporting Troops, Veterans, And Their Families

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 673: Foundation Year Field Instruction & Seminar I

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies under the supervision of qualified field instructors, where, consistent with a generalist practice model, they provide services to clients including work with the systems which impact service delivery. Concurrent with the practicum, and drawing from the co-requisite Generalist Practice courses, the seminar provides an opportunity for students to present cases, improve assessment and problem-solving techniques, and apply theory-based concepts to their field experience. Prerequiites or corequisites: 570, 571, 580; co-requisite: 605.

SSS 673D: Foundation Year Field Instruction & Seminar I

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 674: Foundation Field Instruction & Seminar II

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies under the supervision of qualified field instructors where, consistent with a generalist practice model, they provide services to clients including work with the systems which impact service delivery. Concurrent with the practicum, and drawing from the co-requisite Generalist Practice courses, the seminar provides an opportunity for students to present cases, improve assessment and problem-solving techniques, and apply theory-based concepts to their field experience. Prerequisite: 673; prerequisites or corequisites: 572, 582, 590; co-requisite: 606.

SSS 674D: Foundation Field Instruction and Seminar II

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 680: Essential Foundations for Advanced Graduate-Level Social Work Education

0 Credits

no description available

SSS 680D: Essential Foundations for Advanced Graduate-Level Social Work Education

0 Credits

no description available

SSS 693A: Reading and Research Social Work - Masters

1.00 Credits

Suited to the need of the individual masters students, credit arranged with the instructor and chair of the sequence in which the subject matter falls. Departmental Consent Required.

SSS 693B: Reading & Research Social Work - Masters

2.00 Credits

Suited to the need of the individual masters students, credit arranged with the instructor and chair of the sequence in which the subject matter falls. Departmental Consent Required.

SSS 693C: Reading & Research Social Work - Masters

3.00 Credits

Suited to the need of the individual masters students, credit arranged with the instructor and chair of the sequence in which the subject matter falls. Departmental Consent Required.

SSS 693D-A: Reading and Research Social Work - Masters

1.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 693D-B: Reading & Research Social Work - Masters

2.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 693D-C: Reading & Research Social Work - Masters

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 723: Psychodynamic Theory and Social Functioning

3.00 Credits

Provides a theoretical framework for normal personality development, as well as for pathological formation of ego defenses and their influence on social functioning. Traces the evolution of ego theory from its founding mothers and fathers to the more contemporary theorists. Prerequisites: 570, 571, 572.

SSS 723D: Psychodynamic Theory and Social Functioning

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 724: Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Social Functioning

3.00 Credits

Traces the historical development of both behavioral and cognitive theories to their convergence into contemporary cognitive-behavioral theory and therapy, seeking to integrate concepts from both with the ecological perspective of human behavior and social functioning. Intended to enhance the interventive repertoire of the beginning social work practitioner with techniques from cognitive and behavioral approaches. Prerequisites: 570, 571, 572.

SSS 724D: Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Social Functioning

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 740: Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work

3.00 Credits

Drawing from philosophical and professional ethics, helps students develop skill in reflective and critical analysis of ethical dilemmas in social work practice. Considers purposes and limitations of codes of ethics. Presents a model for ethical decision making as a framework to consider issues such as self-determination and social responsibility, confidentiality and social control, life and death issues, societal responsiveness to the poor and disadvantaged and the privatization of welfare, organizational and professional values, and social justice and resource distribution. Prerequisites: Foundation-year curriculum

SSS 740D: Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 756: Evaluation of Social Work Practice

3.00 Credits

Introduces students to the basic theoretical and methodological concepts of practice evaluation. Topics include quantitative and qualitative assessment models, clinical measurement, single subject designs, clinical group designs, case studies, and statistical techniques. Prerequisites: Foundation-year curriculum.

SSS 756D: Evaluation of Social Work Practice

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 757: Evaluation of Social Work Programs

3.00 Credits

Introduces students to the basic theoretical and methodological concepts of program evaluation. Topics include needs assessment, program monitoring, program effectiveness and efficiency, measurement, survey and group designs, and quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques. Prerequisites: Foundation-year curriculum.

SSS 801: Clinical Social Work With Older Adults

3.00 Credits

Presents the diversities of the aging experience and its historical, and bio-psycho-social-spiritual, aspects. Emphasizes primary, secondary, and tertiary levels for effective practice with elderly clients. Examines major theories of aging and interventive strategies, with special attention to at-risk populations, especially older women and older minorities. Prerequisites: Foundation-year curriculum.

SSS 802: Clinical Social Work With Adults

3.00 Credits

Building on the first-year theoretical framework of ecological systems, the course intends to prepare students for advanced clinical practice with individuals in diverse populations. Practice skills are primarily rooted in the explanatory and change concepts of psychodynamic theory as applicable within a multicultural context. Prerequisites: Foundation-year curriculum.

SSS 802D: Clinical Social Work with Adults

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 803: Clinical Social Work With Adolescents and Young Adults

3.00 Credits

Prepares students for practice with the individual as she or he moves through the developmental stages of adolescence to young adulthood. Focusing on issues of identity formation and establishment of independence, the course presents psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and systemic approaches appropriate to a diverse population of young people. Prerequisites: Foundation year curriculum.

SSS 804: Clinical Social Work with Children

3.00 Credits

Prepares students for practice with the young child as the primary unit of attention for therapeutic intervention. Against the backdrop of developmental and family systems theories, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral practice models incorporate techniques of play, drawing, storytelling, and activity. Prerequisites: Foundation-year curriculum.

SSS 805: Clinical Social Work with Children & Adolescents

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 805D: Clinical Social Work with Children and Adolescents

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 822: Clinical Social Work Practice w/Families

3.00 Credits

Grounded in the strengths perspective, prepares students to empower the families of children-at-risk to prevent placement in foster care, residential or inpatient psychiatric treatment, and juvenile detention. Reflects both traditional social work in its emphasis on natural helping networks and work in the home and community, and contemporary solution-focused brief family therapy methods. Prerequisites: Foundation-year curriculum.

SSS 822D: Clinical Social Work Practice w/Families

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 831: Advanced Policy Analysis

3.00 Credits

Builds on first-year course content on policy, community, and organization. Presents the analytic frameworks and "tools of the trade" employed by policy analysts and advocates. Students learn how to obtain, organize, and use relevant information to promote beneficial social change. Prerequisites: Foundation-year curriculum.

SSS 832: Management of Non-Profit Organization

3.00 Credits

Presents management theories and the various functions of management. Emphasis on management as a social work method and on the conceptual, human, and technical skills needed to manage agencies in a manner consistent with social work values and ethics. Prerequisite: Foundation-year curriculum.

SSS 833: Social Planning

3.00 Credits

The modular format presents each of the steps in the planning process, including the components of social planning, social problem and need, as well as asset and resource assessment, predicting the future, setting goals, making plans, and planning evaluation and feedback. Students are required to work in teams to apply many of the skill components that are present. Prerequisites: Foundation-year curriculum.

SSS 835: Community Organizing for Equitable Development

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 871: Advanced Field Instruction & Seminar: Clinical I

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies which provide them with supervised clinical practice experience. Concurrent with the practicum, the seminar prepares students to integrate skills learned in academic courses with practice in the field and provides opportunities for the sharing of student cases and/or projects. Prerequisite: Foundation-year curriculum; prerequisite or co-requisite: 756, and advanced year theory and practice courses.

SSS 871D: Advanced Field Instriction and Seminar: Clinical I

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 872: Advanced Field Instruction and Seminar: Clinical II

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies which provide them with supervised practice experience consistent with their chosen concentration. Concurrent with the practicum, the seminar, sectioned by concentration, prepares students in integrate skills learned in academic courses with practice in the field and provides opportunities for the sharing of student cases and/or projects. The seminar instructor directs the graduation assignment in which students implement the principles of practice or program evaluation. Prerequisites: 871 and 756, and advanced year theory and practice courses.

SSS 872D: Advanced Field Instruction and Seminar: Clinical II

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 873: Advanced Field Instruction & Seminar: Combined

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies which provide them with supervised experience in both clinical and macro social work practice. Concurrent with the practicum, the seminar prepares students to integrate skills learned in academic courses with practice in the field and provides opportunities for the sharing of student cases and/or projects. Prequisites: foundation year curriculum; prerequisites or corequisites: 756 or 757 and advanced year theory and practice courses.

SSS 874: Advanced Field Instruction & Seminar: Combined II

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies which provide them with supervised experience in both clinical and macro social work practice. Concurrent with the practicum, the seminar prepares students to integrate skills learned in academic courses with practice in the field and provides opportunities for the sharing of student cases and/or projects. Prerequisites: 873 and 766 or 757; prerequisites or corequisites: advanced year theory and practice courses.

SSS 875: Advanced Field Instruction and Seminar: Social Change

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies that provide them with supervised experience in macro social work practice. Concurrent with the practicum, the seminar prepares students to integrate skills learned in academic courses with practice in the field and provides opportunities for the sharing of student cases and/or projects. Prerequisites: Foundation year curriculum; prerequisite or co-requisite: 757 and advanced year theory and practice courses.

SSS 876: Advanced Field Instruction and Seminar: Social Change

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies which provide them with supervised experience in macro social work practice. Concurrent with the practicum, the seminar prepares students to integrate skills learned in academic courses with practice in the field and provides opportunities for the sharing of student cases and/or projects. Prerequisites: Foundation year curriculum; prerequisite or co-requisites: 757 and advanced year theory and practice courses.

SSS 877: Advanced Field Instruction and Seminar: Health Care I/Military

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies which provide them with supervised practice experience consistent with their chosen concentration. Concurrent with the practicum, the seminar, sectioned by concentration, prepares students to integrate skills learned in academic courses with practice in the field. It provides opportunities for the sharing of student cases and/or projects. The seminar instructor directs the graduation assignment in which students implement the principles of practice or program evaluation. Prerequisites: Foundation year curriculum; prerequisite or co-requisite: 756, and advanced year theory and practice courses.

SSS 878: Advanced Field & Seminar: Health Care II

3.00 Credits

Students are placed in field agencies which provide them with supervised practice experience consistent with their chosen concentration. Concurrent with the practicum, the seminar, sectioned by concentration, prepares students to integrate skills learned in academic courses with practice in the field. It provides opportunities for the sharing of student cases and/or projects. The seminar instructor directs the graduation assignment in which students implement the principles of practice or program evaluation. Prerequisites: Foundation year curriculum, 877 and 756; corequisites: advanced year theory and practice courses.

SSS 880: Organizational Theory and Change

3.00 Credits

Examines types of organizational theories, their purposes, and applications to human service systems, structures, and processes, as well as theories of organizational change. Included for analysis are classic bureaucratic theory, scientific management, public organization theory, communication theory, behaviorism, and organizational development theories. Explores themes, questions, and explanatory bases of organizational theories as they relate to specific attributes of human service organizations.

SSS 882: Adult Learning Theories for Professional Education

3.00 Credits

Designed to familiarize students with adult learning theory and other theoretical approaches to learning and teaching. Emphasis on curriculum construction and instructional design as well as on the philosophy of higher education.

SSS 885: Theories of Administration

3.00 Credits

Examines theories of administration and critical variables for effective management and program change. Theories include those related to the functions of administration and leadership development. Prerequisite: 880.

SSS 886: Issues in International Social Development

3.00 Credits

Focuses on such international concerns as migration, refugees, disaster assistance, and adoption. Considers policies and programs to positively influence these problems.

SSS 890: Analysis and Critique of Social Policy Methods

3.00 Credits

Presents the major social welfare policy and planning conceptual schemas. Considers these schemas and variables such as beliefs, values, ideologies, customs, and the economy in relation to policy and planning. Also considers policy analysis and formulation and implementation methods and procedures. Participants engage in special projects to pursue policy analysis, development, or planning in their major substantive area. Includes research findings in relation to policy and planning.

SSS 913: Social Work Model Development

3.00 Credits

Guides students to construct a unique, theoretically framed, and empirically based model of practice. The model will reflect the transactional nature of person-in-environment, the mission and values of the profession of social work and will be aimed at the prevention, remediation, or strengthening of an issue or problem appropriate for social work intervention by a clinical social worker. Prerequisite: SSS 911.

SSS 915: Clinical Social Work Preceptorship I

3.00 Credits

Two-semester individualized lab tutorials, designed to supplement the model construction seminars. Participants confer regularly with a clinical social work preceptor with demonstrated scholarship and special expertise, selected in collaboration with the model construction instructor from NCSSS faculty with demonstrated scholarship in the specialty area or from qualified social work scholars in the private sphere. (Students are responsible for expenses incurred with community preceptors.) Concurrent with 923 or 924 or 925, and permission of model construction instructor.

SSS 916: Clinical Social Work Preceptorship II

3.00 Credits

Two-semester individualized lab tutorials, designed to supplement the model construction seminars. Participants confer regularly with a clinical social work preceptor with demonstrated scholarship and special expertise, selected in collaboration with the model construction instructor from NCSSS faculty with demonstrated scholarship in the specialty area or from qualified social work scholars in the private sphere. (Students are responsible for expenses incurred with community preceptors.) Concurrent with 923 or 924 or 925, and permission of model construction instructor.

SSS 921: Social Work Education Laboratory

3.00 Credits

Provides opportunity for experience as a teacher in social work education. 921 focuses on curriculum development; participants may choose to develop a course and/or learn and demonstrate other aspects of teaching. 922 emphasizes the university teaching office; participants may elect a teaching experience. The choice of assignments, however, is individualized, building on what the participant brings in knowledge, experience, and career interests. Prerequisites or concurrent: 882, 919, 920, or permission of instructor.

SSS 922: Social Work Education Laboratory

3.00 Credits

Provides opportunity for experience as a teacher in social work education. 921 focuses on curriculum development; participants may choose to develop a course and/or learn and demonstrate other aspects of teaching. 922 emphasizes the university teaching office; participants may elect a teaching experience. The choice of assignments, however, is individualized, building on what the participant brings in knowledge, experience, and career interests. Prerequisites or concurrent: 882, 919, 920, or permission of instructor.

SSS 923: Psychodynamic Theory and Social Functioning

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 924: Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Social Functioning

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 930: Classical/Grand Theories for Understanding the Social Environment

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 932: Contemporary Theory for Understanding the Social Environment

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 940: History and Philosophy of Social Work

3.00 Credits

Focusing on knowledge development for the social work profession, includes three content units: philosophical underpinnings of social work knowledge, nature of knowledge, and knowledge development issues in the social work profession.

SSS 944: Theoretical Framework for Ethical Decision Making and Knowledge Building

3.00 Credits

Designed to aid the student to become more effective in dealing with contemporary ethical issues in social work and to contribute to knowledge building for the profession. Provides a theoretical framework for ethical decision making as a point of departure to examine value and ethical issues in a systematic way and to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession.

SSS 945: Foundation Statistics and Research

2.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 946: Theories of Social Justice

3.00 Credits

Examines and compares several theories of social justice, including utilitarian, egalitarian, libertarian, communitarian, and feminist approaches. Principles of equality, equity, utility, and natural rights considered from both micro and macro perspectives. Illustrations from health care; child, family, and intergenerational justice; juvenile and adult corrections; racism; gender justice; and global issues. Prerequisite or concurrent: 944.

SSS 947: Multivariate Statistics and Design

3.00 Credits

Presents principles of multivariate analysis and interpretation, including regression, analysis of variance and covariance, path analysis, logit and log linear models, factor analysis, and reliability coefficients. Applications discussed in relation to various research designs. Prerequisite: 501 or equivalent.

SSS 948: Multivariate Statistics and Design II

3.00 Credits

Presents principles of multivariate analysis and interpretation, including regression, analysis of variance and covariance, path analysis, logit and log linear models, factor analysis, and reliability coefficients. Applications discussed in relation to various research designs. Prerequisite: 501 or equivalent. Continuation of SSS 947.

SSS 950: Research Foundations: Introduction

3.00 Credits

Provides foundations of research measurement and the conceptual foundations of research design. Includes principles of data collection as well as an overview of methods. Emphasis on research methodology for use in knowledge development for the social work profession. Prerequisite or concurrent: 940.

SSS 953: Advanced Social Work Research

3.00 Credits

Builds on earlier course work in research methodology and statistical analysis as well as concentration coursework. Designed to enhance knowledge and skills in conducting social work research. Emphasizes qualitative and quantitative research methods, data collection procedures, and data analysis procedures appropriate for conducting research in clinical, policy, and administrative contexts. Section I : Clinical Section II: Policy

SSS 955: Qualitative Research Methodologies

3.00 Credits

Explores critical issues in qualitative research methods, including the philosophical underpinnings, ethical and socio-cultural considerations, and value stances. Focus is placed on connecting the epistemology of knowledge with methods and with the recognition that different research questions require different methods of appropriate research. Introduces the student to the use of computer software for the analysis and presentation of qualitative data.

SSS 956: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

3.00 Credits

This course builds on the research foundation and multivariate statistics courses by extending the focus to various quantitative methods that are increasingly being used by Social Work researchers. The topics include advanced multiple regression and path analysis, logistic regression, log-linear models and multilevel modeling.

SSS 990: PhD Seminar

3.00 Credits

no description available

SSS 993A: Reading and Research in Social Work - Doctoral

1.00 Credits

Suited to the need of the individual student and arranged with the instructor and chair of the sequence in which subject matter falls. Enrollment limited to NCSSS doctoral students only. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and approval of dean. Departmental Consent Required.

SSS 993B: Reading and Research in Social Work - Doctoral

2.00 Credits

Suited to the need of the individual student and arranged with the instructor and chair of the sequence in which subject matter falls. Enrollment limited to NCSSS doctoral students only. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and approval of dean. Departmental Consent Required.

SSS 993C: Reading and Research in Social Work - Doctoral

3.00 Credits

Suited to the need of the individual student and arranged with the instructor and chair of the sequence in which subject matter falls. Enrollment limited to NCSSS doctoral students only. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and approval of dean. Departmental Consent Required.

SSS 994A: Independent Study in Clinical Social Work Theory I

3.00 Credits

The student may pursue an individually designed course of study in clinical theory under the direction of a member of the NCSSS faculty. Enrollment limited to NCSSS doctoral students with permission of the program chair.

SSS 994B: Independent Study in Clinical Social Work Theory II

3.00 Credits

The student may pursue an individually designed course of study in clinical theory under the direction of a member of the NCSSS faculty. Enrollment limited to NCSSS doctoral students with permission of the program chair.

SSS 994C: Independent Study in Clinical Social Work Theory III

3.00 Credits

The student may pursue an individually designed course of study in clinical theory under the direction of a member of the NCSSS faculty. Enrollment limited to NCSSS doctoral students with permission of the program chair.

SSS 994D: Independent Study in Clinical Social Work Theory IV

3.00 Credits

The student may pursue an individually designed course of study in clinical theory under the direction of a member of the NCSSS faculty. Enrollment limited to NCSSS doctoral students with permission of the program chair.

SSS 994E: Independent Study in Social Policy and Administration

3.00 Credits

The student may pursue an individually designed program of study in a recognized teaching facility, policy analysis center, or national organization concerned with social issues and social change. Enrollment limited to NCSSS doctoral students with permission of the program chair.

SSS 996: Doctoral Dissertation Research

0 Credits

Students working on dissertations must register for Dissertation Guidance unless they are registered for full-time study. No credit is offered in terms of semester hours. This course bills at the equivalent of one credit hour.

SSS 998A: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (w/Classes)

0 Credits

no description available

SSS 998B: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (w/o Classes)

0 Credits

Enrollment in this course bills at the equivalent of one credit hour.