Course Descriptions — Doctor of Social Work

SWK7100 The History of Psychological Theory and Practice
3 semester hours
This course will provide the doctoral student with a comprehensive overview of the history, development and evolution of psychological theory and clinical practice.
No prerequisites.
Co-requisite: SWK7150.

SWK7150 The History of Clinical Social Work Knowledge and Practice
3 semester hours
This course will provide the doctoral student with a comprehensive overview of the history, development and evolution of clinical social work knowledge and practice.
No prerequisites.
Co-requisite: SWK7100.

SWK7200 Clinical Seminar One
6 semester hours
This first clinical seminar will provide the doctoral student with a comprehensive overview of the history, development and evolution of clinical social work knowledge and practice with individual clients. The doctoral student will also be involved in a clinical internship that runs concurrently with the academic course.
Prerequisites: SWK7100, SWK7150.
Co-requisite: SWK7250.

SWK7250 History of Social Policy
3 semester hours
This course will provide the doctoral student with a comprehensive overview and critique of the history, development and evolution of social policy as it relates to clinical social work practice.
Prerequisites: SWK7100, SWK7150.
Co-requisite: SWK7200.

SWK7300 Clinical Seminar Two
6 semester hours
This second clinical seminar will provide the doctoral student with a comprehensive overview of the history, development and evolution of clinical social work knowledge and practice with couples. The doctoral student will also be involved in a clinical internship that runs concurrently with the academic course.
Prerequisites: SWK7100, SWK7150, SWK7200, SWK7250.
Co-requisite: SWK7350.

SWK7350 Organizational Analysis
3 semester hours
This course will provide the doctoral student with a comprehensive overview and critique of the history, development and evolution of organizational theory as it relates to the current state of clinical social work practice.
Prerequisites: SWK7100, SWK7150, SWK7200, SWK7250.
Co-requisite: SWK7300.

Year Two:

SWK7400 Clinical Seminar Three
6 semester hours
This third clinical seminar will provide the doctoral student with a comprehensive overview of the history, development and evolution of clinical social work knowledge and practice with families. The doctoral student will also be involved in a clinical internship that runs concurrently with the academic course.
Prerequisites: SWK7100, SWK7150, SWK7200, SWK7250, SWK7300, SWK7350.
Co-requisite: SWK7450.

SWK7450 Teaching Clinical Social Work Theory and Practice
3 semester hours
This didactic and experiential course will expose the doctoral student to the theory and techniques necessary to teach advanced clinical social work theory and practice in higher education.
Prerequisites: SWK7100, SWK7150, SWK7200, SWK7250, SWK7300, SWK7350.
Co-requisite: SWK7400.

SWK7500 Clinical Seminar Four
6 semester hours
This fourth clinical seminar will provide the doctoral student with a comprehensive overview of the history, development and evolution of clinical social work knowledge and practice with groups. The doctoral student will also be involved in a clinical internship that runs concurrently with the academic course. In this clinical seminar, the doctoral student will develop the comprehensive paper used in his or her clinical oral. Doctoral students will also use this course to help prepare for the clinical oral through practice presentation in class.
Prerequisites: SWK7100, SWK7150, SWK7200, SWK7250, SWK7300, SWK7350, SWK7400, SWK7450.

SWK8810 Special Topics: DSW Electives
Three 3 semester hour courses 9 total semester hours
The remaining three electives will consist of three 3-hour courses in an area of the doctoral student’s choosing. These courses must be approved by the doctoral student’s advisor, and substantially relate to the overall dissertation plan, i.e. be relevant to the course of study and add to the expertise of the doctoral student’s overall educational process. These could include EdD courses from AU, as well as other AU master’s-level courses that can be revised to meet doctoral criteria for content and assignment rigor. Coursework from institutions other than AU will not be accepted.
Prerequisites: Approval of Advisor; SWK7100, SWK7150, SWK7200, SWK7250, SWK7300, SWK7350, SWK7400, SWK7450.
Co-requisite: SWK7810.

Year Three:

SWK8100 Research Methodology I
3 semester hours
This course will acquaint the doctoral student with the knowledge and application of research methodology in preparation for development of the dissertation proposal.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Clinical Oral and Comprehensive Exams.
Co-requisite: SWK8150.

SWK8150 Data Analysis
3 semester hours
This course will acquaint the doctoral student with the knowledge and application of statistics for the study and research of social work treatment practices in support of the development of evidence-based practice.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Clinical Oral and Comprehensive Exams.
Co-requisite: SWK8100.

SWK8200 Research Methodology II, Dissertation Planning
3 semester hours
In this course, the doctoral student will develop an initial dissertation proposal, including formulating the research question, literature review, methodology design, data analysis, human subjects protections procedures including consent forms, IRB application, and agency or organizational approvals.
Prerequisites: SWK8100, SWK8150.
Co-requisite: SWK8250.

SWK8250 Data Analysis II
3 semester hours
This course is intended to support the student in developing a competitive level of statistical acumen in preparation for both finalizing the dissertation and engaging in professional practice or academia.
Prerequisites: SWK8100, SWK8150.
Co-requisite: SWK8200.

SWK8800 Dissertation Supervision
2-4 semester hours
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Clinical Oral and Comprehensive Exam, SWK7500, SWK8200, SWK8250.