MSW Curriculum

The Silver School’s MSW curriculum consists of a generalist practice level and a specialized practice level. Both levels are organized according to five traditional areas: social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, social welfare programs and policies, social work research, and field instruction. In addition, each sequence area addresses social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, and populations at risk.

The generalist practice curriculum emphasizes the importance of working across a range of systems that includes individuals, couples, families, groups, agencies, and communities. It maintains a focus on the interaction between systems (person-in-environment perspective) and utilizes specific theories such as systems theory, empowerment theory, and a strengths perspective.

The specialized practice curriculum strives to deepen knowledge and skills and add breadth, depth, and specificity to content learned in the generalist level. Students are expected to deepen and extend their assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills with diverse and at-risk populations, demonstrating an understanding of the major theories that inform practice with individuals, families, and larger systems. The links between practice and research and practice and policy are integrated throughout the curriculum as is the attention to social and economic justice and the importance of practicing competently with diverse and at-risk populations.