First Year Core
Required courses in the first two quarters of the first year provide students with a common foundation of knowledge concerning social welfare issues, human development, direct practice intervention strategies, and social research and practice behaviors related to these areas of knowledge. This foundation provides the background for concentration in advanced practice in clinical work or in social administration. Fieldwork placements in the first year are continuous for three quarters. They provide direct practice experience with distressed people and the institutions established to help them.
Core Curriculum courses are distributed in the following manner for students in the day program:
|Concentration or Elective
|Concentration or Elective
Core Curriculum courses for the Extended Evening Program (SW-EEP) are offered during the first and second years of study.
Human Diversity Requirement (SW)
Social workers understand how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity. The dimensions of diversity are understood as the intersection of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. Social workers appreciate that, as a consequence of difference, a person’s life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation, as well as privilege, power, and acclaim.
In keeping with the School’s mission and the commitment to educate students for practice in a heterogeneous society, curriculum content on human diversity is integrated into nearly every course. In addition, students are required to take two courses with a focus on diversity, oppression, and discrimination. The Crown Family School categorizes its diversity related courses as foundational or specialized. At least one of the two diversity courses must be from the foundational list. The requirements in human diversity are intended to provide students withan analytical framework to understand human behavior and political processes in the environment of a diverse society to satisfy the following five goals:
- To promote respect for ethnic and cultural diversity as an integral part of social work’s commitment to preserve human dignity.
- To foster knowledge and understanding of individuals, families, and communities in their socio-cultural and socio-economic contexts.
- To analyze the ethnic and political issues related to the patterns, dynamics, and consequences of discrimination and oppression.
- To develop skills to promote individual and social change toward social and economic justice.
- To provide students a theoretical framework for integrating an approach toward diversity within students’ own particular area of expertise (e.g., clinical, community, organization, management).
Each year students will be provided lists of courses that meet the foundational and specialized diversity course requirements. Students who would like to substitute a course must obtain a copy of the syllabus for that course, and submit a written memo to the Dean of Students explaining why that course will meet the goals provided by the diversity requirements. Because the diversity requirements are intended to give students an analytical framework with which to integrate questions of diversity within their education at Crown, and to enhance the development of practice behaviors for work with diversity and difference in practice, no waivers of this course are considered.
Foundational Diversity Courses
Courses on this list are squarely focused on understanding oppression, discrimination, diversity, racism or difference, and/or how social workers intervene based on these understandings. The knowledge and skills conveyed in these courses should be applicable to a broad array of groups and social conditions. Students will not be able to waive this requirement based on previous coursework; it is assumed that with a variety of classes that meet the requirement, each student will be able to find one that adds to their previous knowledge and skill base.
|Approved 2020-2021 Foundational Diversity Courses
|44122 Self-Awareness and Social Work with Diverse Populations
|45732 Prejudice and Discrimination: Individual Cost and Response
|47812 Human Rights and Social Work: Opportunities for Policy and Practice
|48422 Difference and Inclusion
|61400 The Social Meaning of Race
|63600 Culturally Responsive Intervention, Assessment, and Treatment
Specialized Diversity Courses
Specialized diversity courses need not have their sole focus on diversity, oppression, and discrimination, but these issues must constitute a substantial proportion of the class content. These courses may use a focus on (a) a vulnerable population, or (b) a setting or field of practice, or (c) a specific theoretical orientation, issue, or perspective to provide a context for discussions on diversity, oppression, and discrimination
|41205 Restorative Justice Interventions: Anti-Racist Practice + Facilitation
|41212 Intersectional Approaches to Social Work with LGBTQIA Individuals and Communities
|43300 The Exceptional Child
|43622 Life Course Development: Immigrant Adolescents and Their Families
|44401 Sexuality across the Life Cycle
|45112 Contemporary Immigration Policy and Practice
|46312 Race, Crime, and Justice in the City
|46522 Clinical Practice with Survivors of Torture and Political Violence
|46922 Structuring Refuge: U.S. Refugee Policy and Resettlement Practice
|47232 Promoting the Social and Academic Development of Children in Urban Schools
|47452 Smart Decarceration: A Grand Challenge for Social Work
|47722 Structural Social Work Practice and the Mexican Experience in Chicago
|49850 Critical Self Awareness for Practitioners of Color in Social Work
|60100 Drugs: Culture and Context
|60400 Poverty, Inequality, and the Welfare State
|61212 Perspectives on Aging
|62022 Trans*forming Social Work
|62812 Examining Historical Trauma: Intergenerational Responses to the Holocaust
|62912 Global Development and Social Welfare
|63012 Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation: Cultivating Practice Skills for Social Justice
|63300 International Perspectives on Social Policy and Social Work Practice
|63412 Cultural Studies in Education
|63900 Male Roles and Life Course Development in Family, Community, and Civil Society
|64400 Spanish Language and Culture for Social Workers
|65500 Harm Reduction at the Intersection of Policy, Program, and Clinical Practice
|65712 Immigration, Law, and Society
|65812 Making Kin: Adoption and Fostering in a Global Perspective
|66300 Gender Considerations in International Social Work Practice