MSW Curriculum

Advanced Generalist Curriculum

The UAA School of Social Work Master of Social Work program is an advanced generalist MSW program. The advanced generalist concentration is the ideal curriculum model to meet the significant and complex needs spanning across remote, rural, and small metropolitan community needs of Alaska. Social workers in Alaska are required to assume multiple roles and responsibilities in their work, frequently serving as the only social worker in their agencies, and quite possibly, the only social worker in their geographic region. As a result, an advanced generalist social worker needs to be able to perform multiple roles in the direct, organizational and community practice arenas. The advanced generalist curriculum is divided into the foundation curriculum and the concentration curriculum, and it includes five course sequences: social work practice, policy, human behavior in the social environment, research, and field practicum. The foundation curriculum prepares students to engage in generalist social work practice, and the concentration curriculum prepares students to engage in advanced generalist practice.

Foundation Curriculum: The UAA MSW foundation curriculum design, including the goals, objectives and course outcomes, provides students with a generalist perspective for social work practice. Generalist social work practice prepares social work students who can: assume multiple roles in their work; intervene on multiple levels to enhance human well-being; address the needs of Alaskans in distress due to poverty, oppression or other forms of social or economic injustice; and demonstrate a commitment to the values and ethics of the profession.

The foundation curriculum consists of the following courses, which must all be completed before advancing to the concentration curriculum:

  • SWK 607 Social Work Policy and Services
  • SWK 624 Foundation Research Methods
  • SWK 630 Practice I: Individuals
  • SWK 631 Introduction to Practice
  • SWK 632 Practice II: Families and Groups
  • SWK 636 Practice III: Organizations and Communities
  • SWK 642 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SWK 643 Human Diversity in Social Work Practice
  • SWK 644 Social Work Practicum I
  • SWK 645 Social Work Practicum II

Concentration Curriculum: The concentration curriculum provides advanced content in the curricular areas introduced in the foundation curriculum, addressing it in greater depth, breadth, and specificity. Thus, the advanced generalist concentration provides a continuum of knowledge based upon the liberal arts foundation and generalist practice knowledge from the foundation curriculum. The continuum moves entry-level practitioners to an autonomous level of practice, with leadership, innovation, and creativity at the core of advanced generalist practice. The UAA MSW concentration curriculum design, including the goals, objectives and course outcomes incorporate elements of the definition of advanced generalist practice to prepare graduates for advanced generalist practice.

The concentration curriculum consists of the following courses:

  • SWK 608 Social Policy for Advanced Generalist Practice
  • SWK 628 Program Evaluation
  • SWK 629 Advanced Generalist Practice I: Individuals
  • SWK 633 Advanced Generalist Practice II: Families and Groups
  • SWK 634 Advanced Generalist Practice III: Organizations and Communities
  • SWK 638 Practice Evaluation Lab
  • SWK 646 Advanced Generalist Practicum I
  • SWK 647 Advanced Generalist Practicum II
  • SWK 698 MSW Research Seminar * and/or * SWK 635 Advanced Generalist Integrative Seminar