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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW7407
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-08-09
  2. Department: Social Work
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 126100
  5. Contact Person: William S. Rowe/Cleora Roberts
  6. Phone: 8139742706
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SOW
  9. Number: 7407
  10. Full Title: Theoretical Perspectives in Social Work Research
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): theoretical perspectives
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the graduate Ph.D. social work program. This course is restricted to majors only.
  23. Corequisites: MSW
  24. Course Description: Systems theory will be presented as a theoretical base for developing testable hypotheses to produce empirical knowledge for the social work profession. Students will demonstrate the ability to conceptualize research topics in terms of existing theory.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: First foundation course for Ph.D. program in Social Work.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course will be part of the required program courses. All graduate students in the Ph.D. program will take it. It will not be offered to others outside of the School of Social Work.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? yes, once.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) To teach this course, the instructor must have at a minimum a Ph.D.
  29. Objectives: 1. Introduce students to the process of theory building and theory revision

    2. Review systems theory and other prominent social work theories and theoretical constructs

    3. Encourage students exploration of theoretical models within their respective areas of specialization

    4. Familiarize students with research methods relevant to theory testing in their areas of specialization

    5. Introduce students to scholarly works and areas of expertise of School of Social Work Faculty members

    6. Educate students in the use of electronic data bases to identify relevant social work literature

    7. Stimulate students growth as academic scholars through class interaction and oral and written presentation of ideas

  30. Learning Outcomes: Instructional Methods:

    All classes will be conducted as seminars. The agenda for the first part of the semester will consist of several activities as follows: (1) Students will complete assigned readings for class discussion. (2) Faculty members will be invited to present and discuss their areas of research as a way of helping students identify possible members of their doctoral committees. (3) Students will be given extensive library orientation and (4) Student interaction and team building will be encouraged as our program views student mutual support as a vital ingredient in successful completion of the doctoral degree.

    During the latter part of the semester students will make oral presentations of their research ideas with emphasis on relevant theory as identified in a current literature search. The course instructor will be available for individual consultation and guidance during this period. The final product will be a review of the literature paper on the selected research topic.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Theory building and theory revision

    2. Systems theory and other prominent social work theories and theoretical constructs

    3. Exploration of theoretical models

    4. Research methods

    5. Electronic database searching.

  32. Textbooks: Required Reading:

    Rubin, A. & Babbie,E. (2001). Research Methods for Social Work

    Brooks and Cole, CA (Only selected chapters will be used)

    Kuhn,T. (1970). Structure of Scientific Revolution University of Chicago Press

    Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

    Supplemental Reading:

    Gomory, T. (2001). Critaical rationalism (Gomory’s blurry theory) or positivism (Theyer’s theoretical lmyopia). Journal of Social Work Education, 37, 67-68.

    Heineman, M.B (1981). The obsolete scientific imperative in social work research. Social Service Review, 55, 373-3

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
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  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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