SWK610 Research Methods
This is the first of three required courses on social work research for MSW students. This course enables students to become better acquainted with how to evaluate their own practice and provides the analytical skills to assess the validity of the research literature. 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.
SWK641 Field Education II
During Field Education II students are exposed to carry out needs and resource assessments of clients, conduct an analysis of 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.
SWK611A Direct Social Work Practice I
This is the first of the two required courses, taken in conjunction with SWK640 (Field Education I) for graduate students as a co-requisite. 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 Direct Social Work Practice II
The course builds and extends on SWK611A (prerequisite). content on the knowledge and skills needed for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The main emphasis of the course is to enhance the role performance and social functioning of social work practitioners. The course emphasizes the middle phase of work with clients, as well as evaluation and termination. The development of skills required to facilitate the interaction of client systems and environments is highlighted, using a systems perspective in relation to problem solving. Such topics as the worker/client relationship, crisis intervention, the linking of clients to resources, and alleviation of environmental stressors are considered. The SWK 611B is taken in conjunction with Field Instruction II as a co-requisite.
SWK612A Human Behavior and Social Environment I
This is the first of two interrelated courses extending over two semesters in the foundation year. The course focuses on the person and the environment. It will cover contents related to theory, research and practice issues relevant to human growth and development within the environmental systems. In particular, the course provides students with knowledge and understanding of multidimensional approaches and their interactions in shaping human development and behavior across the life span. These include biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual dimensions. Furthermore, the course covers environmental dimensions related to human development and behavior, including physical environment, social structure and social institutions, families, and small groups' dimensions. Finally, this course includes content on the strengths perspective and empowerment practice in order to help students to understand the ways in which social systems impact the well-being of human beings and other social units in our society.
SWK612B Human Behavior and Social Environment II
This second course on HBSE focuses on the human development throughout the life span. Human behavior is presented as a biopsychosocial phenomenon, and students will learn how to utilize theories and conceptual frameworks to guide the process of assessment, intervention and evaluation, with the application of knowledge to understand the person in the environment. Values, ethics, and the promotion of social and economic justice are examined in relation to the interaction of the biological, psychological and societal systems. This course examines the impacts of ethnic, socio-cultural, religious/spiritual and gender diversity on human behavior. These factors are examined as they affect individual development, social groups, communities, and family systems. Knowledge and practice implications for Muslim communities will be addressed. Specifically, this course will address how social systems promote or deter people in achieving and maintaining good health and well-being.
SWK613A Social Welfare Policy & Services I
This is the first of two required courses on social welfare policy and services. Students will learn about the history of social welfare policy, services, and the social work profession. They will also learn about current social welfare issues in the context of their history and the underlying rationale and values that support different approaches. Emphasis will be placed on major fields of social work service such as health care, mental health, child welfare, corrections, immigration, displaced population, and gerontology. The course will cover conceptual foundations of social welfare policy, social justice and civil rights, social policies in the Arab world and in specific Qatar social policy. In addition, the course will cover content related to funding social programs, Islam and social welfare policy, social safety nets, work and employment policies, and population policies. The course will end up with a comparison between various international social welfare policies and services.
SWK613B Social Welfare Policy & Services II
This course is the second of two required foundation courses on social welfare policy and services (Policy I is pre-requisite). The course focuses on understanding major socioeconomic issues that affect societies, with special emphasis on issues pertinent to Qatari Society and to GCC in general. These include, poverty, unemployment, foreign labor, national and human security and the various ways in which society has responded to it over time. Students in this class will learn about policy advocacy, skills and competencies for policy analysis, and the ecology and context of social policy. Students will also learn about presenting and defending policy proposals, developing political strategy, and policy advocacy and implementation.
SWK614 Data Analysis
This is the second of three required courses on research methods for MSW students. It builds on Research Methods I (pre-requisite). This course covers several content areas related to quantitative & qualitative data analysis. These areas include (a) social work research code of ethics, (b) SPSS & data preparation for entry in SPSS, (c) Descriptive statistics: Frequency distributions, graphical presentation of data, and measures of central tendency and variability, (d) Normal and skewed distributions, (e) Identify steps in hypothesis testing: Research hypotheses, Type I- & Type II-errors, & statistical significance, (f) Inferential statistics: Parametric vs. non-parametric tests, (g) Guidelines for test selection, (h) Bivariate statistical techniques: Pearson's correlation coefficient, Student's t-tests, One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), and Chi-square test, and (i) Presentation, interpretation, and reporting of findings.
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 that are 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.