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Global Social Work

6 hours core  


Define globalization in relation to social work theory and practice. Define global social work issues faced by individuals, families, and communities around the world. Understand the roles played by key United Nations programs, international social work federations and non-governmental organizations in contributing to human rights and social development. Illustrate the application of social work values, ethics and practice to the development of strategies for global change related to key social issues including poverty, gender inequality, health, mental health, ethnic conflict, violence, migration/immigration and child welfare. Demonstrate skills in implementing evidence informed interventions aimed at creating sustainable social development and conflict resolution. Utilize intercultural communication skills and culturally informed practices with vulnerable populations. Articulate how social work values, skills and knowledge about social work practices abroad are applicable to local, regional and international social development goals and programs. Understand global systemic oppression and how to promote social justice. Demonstrate skills in working with interdisciplinary teams and developing community partnerships to address global issues.

Core Courses

Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW6220 Diversity and Social Justice: Reflexive and Ethical Social Work Practice II 3.0
SW6350 Global Social Work Practice I: Global Perspectives in Social Work 3.0
SW6521 Advanced Field Practicum I 4.0


Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW6351 Global Social Work Practice II: Practice with Immigrant & Refugee
SW6522 Advanced Field Practicum II 4.0



  • All students must take one practice class outside their Area of Focus as an elective.
  • Students may take up to 16 credit hours in any one semester, without requiring pre-approval from the MSW Program Director.
  • Students in the Advanced Standing program must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours.
  • Students in the 2-Year Program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Students must earn a passing grade of C+ or better.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to be in good academic standing.

Types of Practicum Placements: Schools, community-based programs serving the resettlement, acculturation, health and/or mental health needs of refugees and immigrants, social services agencies abroad (possible by special arrangement).

Last Updated: 11/12/21