Social Work

Mission

The School of Social Work at San José State University is committed to using and promoting a transcultural perspective. The transcultural perspective informs the curriculum and promotes advocating for social justice, honoring the strengths of diverse cultures and enhancing the well-being of individuals and communities.

The mission of the School of Social Work at San José State University is to prepare social workers for effective, ethical social work practice from a transcultural perspective with Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders, African Americans and those individuals, families, groups and communities who are disenfranchised, oppressed, or marginalized. In the service of this mission, we are active in scholarship and professional leadership endeavors that advance a transcultural perspective in social work and promote social justice.

Goals and Objectives, B.A. in Social Work

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

  • B1.1 Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of diversity and competence in applying a transcultural perspective.
  • B1.2 Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations, particularly populations that are disenfranchised, oppressed or marginalized.
  • B 1.3 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.

  • B 2.1 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.
  • B 2.2 Students will be able to engage in self-reflection and use of supervision and consultation in practice.
  • B 2.3 Students will be able to demonstrate skills for effective communication with diverse clients, colleagues and communities.
  • B 2.4 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.

  • B 3.1 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.
  • B 3.2 Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current social policies, ability to analyze policies, and knowledge of strategies for influencing social policy.
  • B 3.3 Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
  • B 3.4 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.

  • B 4.1 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.
  • B 4.2 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.

Assessment of Student Learning BA

Cover sheet f07 (doc)

Goals and Objectives, M.S.W

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

MSW Foundation:

  • M1.1 Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of diversity and competence in applying a transcultural perspective.
  • M1.2. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations, particularly populations that are disenfranchised, oppressed or marginalized.
  • M 1.3 Students will be able to analyze and apply social work values, ethics and principles in relation to diverse contexts and at multiple system levels.

MSW Concentration Year:

  • M 1.4 Students will be able to identify strategies to resolve ethical dilemmas in practice settings in accordance with the values of the social work profession.
  • M 1.5 Students will be able to apply a transcultural and multi-systems perspective in the context of a specific field of practice (aging; children, youth, and families; school social work; or health and mental health).

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

MSW Foundation:

  • M 2.1 Students will be able to apply and critically analyze theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and interactions between individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • M 2.2 Students will be able to engage in self-reflection and use supervision and consultation in practice.
  • M 2.3 Students will be able to demonstrate skills for effective communication with diverse clients, colleagues and communities.
  • M 2.4 Students will be able to demonstrate use of a transcultural generalist perspective to systems of all sizes.

MSW Concentration:

  • M 2.5 Students will be able to evaluate critically the strengths and limitations of theories for use in multi-systems.
  • M 2.6 Students will be able to engage in self-evaluation and use supervision and consultation in practice while demonstrating a high degree of autonomy and skill.
  • M 2.7 Students will be able to differentially select and apply effective assessment and intervention skills in multi-systems practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • M 2.8 Students will demonstrate advanced skills in communication, problem solving, and consultation with diverse systems of varying 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.

MSW Foundation:

  • M 3.1 Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of issues related to power, privilege, oppression, and diversity that impact social services and skills of advocacy on behalf of clients and communities from a social justice perspective.
  • M 3.2 Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in analyzing and influencing social policy.
  • M 3.3 Students will be able to critically analyze the social work profession's mission and philosophy within contemporary and historical contexts.
  • M 3.4 Students will be able to work effectively in organizational and service systems and, as needed, facilitate systemic improvements and change.

MSW Concentration:

  • M 3.5 Students will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of policies and programs in a specific field of practice (e.g., aging; children youth and families; school social work; or health and mental health) as well as skills for analyzing and influencing policies and programs.
  • M 3.6 Students will be able to apply multi-systems knowledge and skills to advocate with, and on behalf of, marginalized communities.

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

MSW Foundation:

  • M 4.1 Students will be able to employ critical thinking and information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use reliable knowledge to inform effective social work practice.
  • M 4.2 Students will be able to critically review empirical evidence and understand strategies for investigating social work issues and problems, particularly as they impact disenfranchised, oppressed, or marginalized populations.

MSW Concentration:

  • M 4.3 Students will be able to conduct social work research relevant to the evaluation of practice or the examination of a social work issue.
  • M 4.4 Students will be able to demonstrate skills for examining empirical support for interventions and for refining and advancing the quality of their practice.

Assessment of Student Learning MSW

Program Planning Documents

School of Social Work Program Planning Report 2000 (pdf)

This page last updated 09/05/13