UT Austin
Graduate Catalog
1999-2001



CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of Graduate Studies Committees

APPENDIX
Course Abbreviations
 

Chapter 4: Fields of Study

Social Work


Professional liability insurance is required of all students enrolled in field placement or internship courses. The insurance policy must cover the duration of the course, beginning on or before the first regular class period.

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 1999-2000 and 2000-2001; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes that have been made to the courses listed here since this catalog was published.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

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381R. Basic Dynamics of Individuals and Families.
Ecological, systems, and developmental frameworks used to examine the influence of context in shaping individual and family dynamics across the life span. Social Work 381R and 384C (Topic 6: Basic Dynamics of Individuals and Families) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

381S. Cultural Diversity.
History, demographics, and cultures of various "disenfranchised" groups served by social workers. Social Work 381S and 384C (Topic 5: Cultural Diversity) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

381T. Dynamics of Organizations and Communities.
The organizational and community context within which social services are delivered and the influence of funding, mandate, and organizational arrangements on service delivery. Social Work 381T and 384C (Topic 7: Basic Dynamics of Organizations and Communities) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

382P. Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy.
Historical perspective on the development of social problems and the social welfare institutions, programs, and policies created in response. Social Work 381L and 382P may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work, or graduate standing and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

383R. Social Work Methods I.
Introduction to social work practice methodology and the professional use of self in a generalist practice with individuals and groups within the context of organizations and communities. Social Work 383R and 391M may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work, and concurrent enrollment in Social Work 384R or consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

383S. Social Work Methods II.
Generalist practice and other practice approaches used with individuals, families, and groups within the context of organizations and communities. Social Work 383S and 392D may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work, Social Work 383R and 384R, and either concurrent enrollment in Social Work 384S or consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

384R. Field Instruction I.
Practice course based on supervised assignments designed to develop a social work perspective and skill in working with individuals, families, groups, and human service organizations. Sixteen to twenty hours a week in field placement and a weekly one-hour integrative seminar in the application of theoretical material to practice problems and to special issues. Social Work 384R and 391N may not both be counted. Social Work 384R and 384S must be taken in consecutive semesters. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work, and concurrent enrollment in Social Work 383R or consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

384S. Field Instruction II.
Continuation of Social Work 384R. Sixteen to twenty hours a week in field placement and a weekly one-hour integrative seminar that emphasizes continued application of theory to practice and consideration of special issues. Social Work 384S and 392N may not both be counted. Social Work 384R and 384S must be taken in consecutive semesters. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work, Social Work 383R and 384R, and either concurrent enrollment in Social Work 383S or consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

385R. Social Work Research Methods.
Introductory course designed to develop the student's understanding of the process of research and of the use of scientific method in social work practice. Social Work 385R and 388 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work, or graduate standing and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

387R. Special Topics and Issues.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Loss and Grief: Individual and Family Perspectives. Social Work 387R (Topic 1) and 391R (Topic 11: Death and Grief: Individual and Family Perspectives) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness. Social Work 387R (Topic 2) and 390R (Topic 20: Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Sexuality Issues in Social Work. Social Work 387R (Topic 3) and 391R (Topic 13: Sexuality Issues in Social Work Practice) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Ethics and Social Work Practice.

Topic 5: The Feminist Perspective in Direct Practice. Social Work 387R (Topic 5) and 390R (Topic 26: The Feminist Perspective in Direct Practice) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Application of Information Technology in Direct Practice.

Topic 7: Supervision in Clinical Practice.

Topic 8: Violence Issues in Social Work.

Topic 9: Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence.

Topic 10: Social Work in Managed Care.

Topic 11: Clinical Supervision: Mental Health and Chemical Dependence.

388R. Seminar: Advanced Research in Social Work.
Topics 1 through 7 are required of doctoral students in social work. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Research Methods I. Introduction to the basic elements of research design in the social sciences, with particular attention to social work research.

Topic 2: Research Methods II. Quantitative research methods as they are applied in the social and behavioral sciences. Designed to provide students with the knowledge and competence in quantitative research methods required to conduct independent research that will expand the knowledge base of the profession. Focuses on the application of concepts studied in topic 1 and includes research design, measurement in social science, statistical power analysis, effect size, multivariate data analysis, computer applications for data analysis, proposal writing, and research ethics.

Topic 3: Research Methods III. Introduction to qualitative research methodologies, paradigms, epistemologies, and theories. Qualitative methods of inquiry, including research designs, specific data collection methods, and analytic and interpretive procedures. Discussion of several approaches to qualitative data collection and analysis.

Topic 4: Research Practicum.

Topic 6: Data Analysis and Computers I. Introduction to fundamental concepts and statistical procedures used in social work research and to computer applications used for data analysis. Designed to help students develop basic skills in data file construction and manipulation, data definition, and statistical analysis and the conceptual and mathematical understanding of statistics needed for advanced work in research design, model development, model fitting and estimation, hypothesis testing, multivariate techniques, and interpretation of data. Basic statistical concepts through specific parametric and nonparametric statistics.

Topic 7: Data Analysis and Computers II. Builds on the concepts and procedures introduced in topic 6. Designed to enable students to do data analysis using multivariate statistical procedures. Primary focus on using the SPSS statistical software package for calculating multivariate statistics and on using the statistical output in research findings.

390N. Seminar: Strategies of Intervention.
A critical evaluation of social work intervention strategies in human services, using alternative theoretical perspectives. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Historical Perspectives on Social Work Practice.

Topic 2: Theories of Social Work Practice.

Topic 3: Theories of Social Work Practice in Administration, Planning, and Program Policy. Major theories of organization and management as they are applied in human service organizations. Historical development of the major schools of organizational and management theory and the dynamic evolution and contemporary applications of those theories in human service management.

Topic 4: Theories of Clinical Social Work Practice.

Topic 6: Issues in Social Work and Social Work Education. Development of social work and social work education in American society. Particular emphasis on the events of the Progressive Era, the 1930s, and the 1960s; current issues in social work education; and changes in the role of women in organized professions.

Topic 7: Theories of Direct Practice in Social Work. Philosophical, theoretical, and empirical underpinnings of various practice theories. Emphasis on the philosophical assumptions and scientific basis of various theories. Research methodologies such as process/outcome paradigms, experimental designs, and meta-analysis, which are used to develop and investigate the effectiveness of direct practice theories.

Topic 8: Direct Practice Theories.

Topic 9: Policy Theory.

392P. Topics in Social Welfare Policy Analysis.
Social policy development in specified areas. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work, or graduate standing and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: General Social Welfare Policy Analysis. Social Work 384P (Topic 1: Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy Analysis) and 392P (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Health, Mental Health, and Chemical Dependence.

Topic 3: Children and Families.

Topic 4: Poverty and Public Policy.

Topic 5: Policy Theory. Theories of social welfare policy in the United States. Introduction to some of the most influential contemporary social welfare policy theorists as well as to the historical roots of current social welfare dilemmas. Students have the opportunity to conduct an in-depth study of the policy area of their choice. Social Work 384P (Topic 2: Policy Theory) and 392P (Topic 5) may not both be counted.

393R. Topics in the Fundamentals of Clinical Social Work Practice.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, credit or registration for Social Work 383S, and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Clinical Assessment and Differential Diagnosis. Social Work 390R (Topic 16: Mental Disorders and Differential Diagnosis) and 393R (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Theories and Methods of Intervention with Individuals.

Topic 3: Theories and Methods of Family Intervention. Social Work 390R (Topic 15: Theories and Methods of Family Intervention) and 393R (Topic 3) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Theories and Methods of Group Intervention with Adults. Social Work 390R (Topic 18: Advanced Social Work Methods: Groups) and 393R (Topic 4) may not both be counted.

Topic 5: Theories and Methods of Group Intervention with Children, Adolescents, and Families. Social Work 390R (Topic 14: Social Group Work with Children and Adolescents) and 393R (Topic 5) may not both be counted.

393S. Topics in Advanced Administration and Planning Practice.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, credit or registration for Social Work 383S, and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Introduction to Human Services Administration. Social Work 390R (Topic 10: Introduction to Human Services Administration) and 393S (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Human Resources Development. Social Work 390R (Topic 12: Human Resources Development) and 393S (Topic 2) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Organizational Management and Planning. Social Work 390R (Topic 25: Organizational Management and Planning) and 393S (Topic 3) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Comparative Service-Delivery Strategies. Social Work 390R (Topic 6: Comparative Service-Delivery Strategies) and 393S (Topic 4) may not both be counted.

Topic 5: Application of Information Technology in Human Services. Social Work 390R (Topic 11: Applications of Information Technology in Human Services Administration) and 393S (Topic 5) may not both be counted.

393T. Topics in Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and credit or registration for Social Work 383S or consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Treatment of Children and Adolescents. Social Work 390R (Topic 23: Intervention with Children, Adolescents, and Families) and 393T (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Advanced Family Therapy. Social Work 390R (Topic 28: Advanced Family Therapy) and 393T (Topic 2) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: Major Mental Disorders.

Topic 4: Anxiety Disorders.

Topic 5: Chemical Dependence. Social Work 393T (Topic 5) and 395K (Topic: Treatment of Chemical Dependency) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Dual Diagnosis: Mental Disorders and Chemical Dependence.

Topic 7: Grief Counseling. Social Work 390R (Topic 29: Grief Counseling) and 393T (Topic 7) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Social Work 387R (Topic 1: Loss and Grief: Individual and Family Perspectives) (or Social Work 391R [Topic 11: Loss and Grief: Individual and Family Perspectives]).

393U. Topics in Social Work with Specific Populations.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Services to Abused and Neglected Children.

Topic 2: Working with Children at Risk.

Topic 3: Working with Youth Gangs. Social Work 391R (Topic 14: Working with Youth Gangs) and 393U (Topic 3) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Social Work Practice with African American Families.

Topic 5: Social Work Practice with Mexican American Families. Social Work 384C (Topic 8: Mexican American Family Systems) and 393U (Topic 5) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Contemporary Issues in Aging.

Topic 7: Introduction to Gerontology. Social Work 390R (Topic 9: Introduction to Gerontology) and 393U (Topic 7) may not both be counted.

Topic 8: Social Work Practice with Older Adults. Social Work 390R (Topic 19: Social Work Practice with Older Adults) and 393U (Topic 8) may not both be counted.

Topic 9: Dynamics of Chemical Dependence. Social Work 390R (Topic 8: Dynamics of Chemical Dependency) and 393U (Topic 9) may not both be counted.

Topic 10: Women and Addiction: Contemporary Issues. Social Work 391R (Topic 7: Women and Addiction: Contemporary Issues) and 393U (Topic 10) may not both be counted.

Topic 11: Play Therapy. Social Work 390R (Topic 22: Play Therapy) and 393U (Topic 11) may not both be counted.

393V. Topics in Social Work in Specific Settings.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Direct Practice in a Managed Care Environment.

Topic 2: Social Work in Medical Settings. Social Work 391R (Topic 9: Social Work in a Medical Setting) and 393V (Topic 2) may not both be counted.

Topic 3: School Social Work. Social Work 391R (Topic 6: School-Based Social Services) and 393V (Topic 3) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Social Work and the Law.

Topic 5: Social Work in the Legal System.

Topic 6: Social Work in the Criminal Justice System. Social Work 391R (Topic 8: Social Work in Criminal Justice) and 393V (Topic 6) may not both be counted.

694R. Field Instruction III.
Supervised practicum, building on Social Work 384R and 384S, in the continued application of theory to practice at an advanced level within the student's concentration or specialization. Social Work 694R and 394S are normally taken concurrently to provide 36 hours of work a week (a total of at least 540 hours) in a social work agency or organization. With approval, students may take Social Work 694R and 394S over two semesters and work at least 340 hours in the first semester and 200 hours in the second semester in the same agency. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Social Work 694R and 696 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work, and consent of the field coordinator and the graduate adviser.

394S. Field Instruction IV.
Supervised practicum, building on Social Work 384R and 384S, in the continued application of theory to practice at an advanced level within the student's concentration or specialization. Social Work 694R and 394S are normally taken concurrently to provide 36 hours of work a week (a total of at least 540 hours) in a social work agency or organization. With approval, students may take Social Work 694R and 394S over two semesters and work at least 340 hours in the first semester and 200 hours in the second semester in the same agency. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Social Work 394S and 697 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work, and consent of the field coordinator and the graduate adviser.

195C, 395C. Conference Course in Social Work.
Individual study in selected aspects of professional theory and practice. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For 195C, graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser; for 395C, graduate standing in social work and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

195K, 395K. Conference Course in Social Work.
Individual study in selected aspects of professional theory and practice. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For 195K, graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser; for 395K, graduate standing in social work and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

395R. Applied Social Work Research and Evaluation.
The critical evaluation of social work practice and the application of single-system and program-evaluation designs within the student's concentration. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Social Work 694R.

Topic 1: Evaluative Research in Clinical Social Work.

Topic 2: Evaluative Research in Administration and Planning.

Topic 3: Evaluative Research with Special Populations.

698. Thesis.
The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in social work and written consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Social Work 698A.

398T. Pedagogy in Social Work.
Social work curriculum policy and issues, course development and content, teaching techniques, and classroom management. Emphasis on teaching skills as well as conceptual content and theory. Required of all doctoral degree students in social work. Students must complete this course before they may be appointed as assistant instructors in the School of Social Work. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social work and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Social Work 399R, 699R, or 999R.



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