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Social Work (MSW) Program

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.

Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply social work ethical principles.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the program levels. Instructors assess knowledge of ethical standards in 6235: Social Welfare and History; SOW 6305: Social Work Practice I; and Field Education I, II, III, and IV. Practice skills are assessed in the Foundation Year in the  two practice courses offered: SOW 6305, 6306, and in Field Education I and II. In the Concentration Year practice skills are assessed in SOW 6124, 6344, 6369, 6611, 6616 and Field Education I and II.  Instructors in SOW 6236 Social Policy Analysis evaluate the student's progress after the completion of the final advocacy project demonstrating required knowledge. Research is assessed in SOW 6405: Research I: Methods and SOW 6435: Research II: Practice Evaluation  which demonstrate the required research skills.


Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify as a professional and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human right and social and economic justice.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.

Communications skills are assessed in the social work practice courses: SOW 6305. 6306, 6124, 6186, 6344,6369, 6611, 6616 and Field Education I, II, III, and IV.


Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking to strengthen professional judgment.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Critical thinking skills are assessed in all MSW courses. Specifically in SOW 6124: Psychopathology, SOW 6306: SOW Practice II; SOW 6405: Research Methods, SOW 6435: Practice Evaluation, and SOW 6389: Advanced Practice Seminar.

Program Assessment Summary Table 16: Masters in Social Work (MSW)