Program Objectives

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The School/> of Social Work/>/> uses a transcultural perspective as a framework from which to address social work practice with individuals, families, and groups; and within organizations and in the context of the broader communities. The following are the goals of the BASW program along with their corresponding objectives:

Goal 1. To prepare social workers for ethical social work and use of a transcultural perspective with diverse, disenfranchised, oppressed and marginalized populations.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of diversity and competence in applying a transcultural perspective.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations, particularly populations that are disenfranchised, oppressed or marginalized.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the values, ethics and principles of the social work profession and will practice accordingly.

Goal 2. To prepare social workers for effective generalist practice from a transcultural perspective with individuals across the lifespan, and with families, groups, organizations and communities.

  • Students will be able to use theoretical frameworks to understand human development and behavior across the life span and the interactions between individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Students will be able to engage in self-reflection and use of supervision and consultation in practice.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate skills for effective communication with diverse clients, colleagues and communities.
  • Students will be able to apply transcultural, generalist social work knowledge and skills of practice with systems of all sizes.

Goal 3. To prepare social workers for leadership in advocating for positive change and innovation in social work policies, programs and practices to advance social justice and the well being of individuals, families and communities.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the knowledge of issues related to power, privilege, oppression, and diversity that impact social services and how to advocate on behalf of clients and communities from a social justice perspective.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current social policies, ability to analyze policies, and knowledge of strategies for influencing social policy.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to function effectively as practitioners within the structure of a social services organization and service delivery system and, as needed, facilitate improvements and change.

Goal 4. To prepare social workers to engage in critical inquiry in service of the above goals.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to employ critical thinking skills and information literacy to locate, evaluate and use reliable knowledge to inform effective social work practice.
  • Students will be able to critically review empirical literature and understand strategies for investigating issues, problems and solutions relevant to social work, particularly as they impact disenfranchised, oppressed, or marginalized populations.