SWK610 Research Methods
This 3-hour course is the first of three required courses on social work research for SWK students. This course enables students to become better acquainted with evaluating their practice and provides the analytical skills to assess the validity of the research literature. The course also supports the generalist framework of the practice of the first-year foundation curriculum. This course will touch on several content areas related to research: (a) hidden agendas and political and ethical concerns when conducting research, (b) problem formulation generating research questions and hypotheses, (c) systematic valid and reliable information gathering techniques, (d) single subject, group research, and cross-sectional designs, (e) qualitative vs. quantitative modalities, and (f) analysis, interpretation, and reporting of findings.
SWK611A Direct Social Work Practice
Community Development:The theoretical underpinnings of the course are Direct practice in social work, involves many responsibilities, including maintaining immediate contact with clients and connecting them with the services and resources they need. In particular, Direct Practice in Social Work involves an initial intake, conducting a client screening, determining the client’s eligibility for various services and programs, and providing case management. How Is Direct Practice Different from Other Forms of Social Work? How Can You Prepare for Direct Practice in Social Work?
Clinical Practice:This 3-hour course is the first of the two required courses on social work practice for MSWK students. It presents essential social work foundation knowledge and skills for interpersonal practice with individuals, families and small groups. It integrates content on social justice issues, and it relies on the historical, contextual, and social science knowledge presented concurrently in the Human Behavior and the Social Environment course. The student's field experience and future practice methods courses will build upon the skills presented in this basic course.
SWK611B Advanced Direct Social Work Practice
Community Development and Clinical Practice:This course is the second of a sequence composed of two courses on direct Social Work practice; hence, it is a continuation for the course Direct Social Work Practice (SWK611A). This course is planned to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand the method of direct Social Work practice with individuals and families, with an emphasis on developing and executing intervention plans. Hence, it builds on the knowledge and skills that btainned in the first course, i.e., the nature of Social Work mission and values, characteristics of the professional relationship, interviewing skills, data collection techniques and procedures, skills of engagement and developing alliance with clients, multi-dimensional assessment of individuals and families, etc.
SWK612A Human Behavior and Social Environment
This is the first of two required foundation courses on human behavior and the social environment (A and B). The course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of theory, research and practice issues related to human behavior and development. Because empathic and skillful interventions with individuals, groups, and communities require understanding ourselves as well as others, the course provides an opportunity for increased self-awareness.
SWK612B Advanced Human Behavior and Social Environment
This is the second of two required foundation courses on human behavior and the social environment. This course builds upon the knowledge gained in the course, Human Behavior and Social Environment which is a prerequisite for Advanced Human Behavior and the Social Environment. This course examines human behavior across the life course in the context of membership in the various types of social systems (families, groups, communities, organizations, and society in general).
SWK613A Social Policy
This course is based on the most prominent theoretical and practical/operational trends in dealing with issues of social policies linked to the specialization of social work. Accordingly, sectoral social welfare constitutes the basic starting point, starting with the definition of the concepts of social care and its historical development in Western countries and Arab societies, passing through the concepts and characteristics of social policy between the importance, elements, characteristics and pillars. In order to focus on the major basic areas of social work, to choose from among them, for example, but not limited to, social policies aimed at family care, health care, mental health, child care and with individuals in conflict with the law (minors and adults/prisoners), refugee and displaced populations, old age, unemployment In the education sector, among others.
The course will cover the conceptual foundations of social welfare policy and topics related to social justice and human rights. It will also address the reality of social policies in the Arab world and in the State of Qatar in particular in light of Qatar National Vision 2030. In addition, the planning process will be approached as a preparatory approach to the foundations and pillars of planning adopted in preparing social policies from the perspective of social work as a partner in planning and in line with the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
SWK613B Social Policy Analysis and Practice
This course comes as a second part to complement the first course on Social Policies (SWK613A). This course focuses on an understanding of the major socio-economic and health issues affecting societies, with a focus on related issues Qatari society in particular and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in general. These issues include, but are not limited to poverty, unemployment, foreign labor, child protection, the elderly, and others. In this course, students will learn what advocacy is in practice influencing social policies, the skills and competencies needed for policy analysis, the environment and the conditions for policy Social. Students will also learn how to make proposals for social policy projects and how to advocate for them and develop a strategy politics, and implement it.
SWK614 Data Analysis
This is the second of three courses required in scientific research methods, data analysis and program evaluation, as prescribed in the meeting work program plan. It is based on the Research Methods course (SWK610). This course enables students to better familiarize themselves with the process of evaluating their research practices and provides them with the analytical skills to implement and evaluate their scientific research. The course supports the general framework of the practice followed in the first year of foundational social work.
SWK617 Program Evaluation
This 3-hour course is the third course on research methods. As an advanced Research course, it adds depth and breadth to the research knowledge and skills that students acquired in both Research Methods and Data Analysis (pre-requisites).
SWK640 Field Education I
Assignments in Field Education I are designed to identify and assess the student's ability to explore problem-solving skills and strategies utilized in various social work systems that address issues important to vulnerable and at-risk population groups. Students are exposed to professional practice, agency policies, agency processes and services, and ethical dilemmas in social work practice. They observe their supervisors, conduct intake assessments, and learn to write process recordings and document their work. They also gain verbal, written, and electronic communication skills. The cultural context of services is also emphasized.
SWK641 Field Education II
During Field Education II, students are exposed to conduct needs and resource assessments of clients, analyze information gained from clients, engage clients in the problem-solving process and write a psychosocial assessment. Students also learn about helping modalities at different systems' levels. Additionally, they develop beginning understanding and skills about clinical practice and community-level interventions.
SWK642 Field Education III
During field education 3, the students will acquire an advanced understanding of social work ethics, ethical problems, and ethical decision-making. They will develop critical thinking in relation to the theoretical framework of social work practice. The student will be able to develop knowledge and skills in management and leadership. This includes budgeting, programming, technology, and assessment to develop community programs at the agency level.
SWK 698 Capstone
The capstone project is a research study that encompasses the foundational and key core content areas of the Master of social work coursework. It aims to provide an opportunity for graduate students to integrate knowledge and skills learned from first and second-year courses with field education to research a population and social issue/phenomenon of their own choice.