Page 1 of 17SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK ScWk 298 – SPECIAL PROJECT Course Code: 23000; Section 14 Spring, 2010 Edward Cohen, Ph.D., MSW Class Meeting Time: Mon. 3:00pm – 4:15pm (Class meeting times may vary) Classroom Location: TBA Course web page: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/edward.cohen/courses/298Office Location: WSQ 217D Office Hours: Monday 2 - 3 pm and by Appointment (except campus furlough days) Phone: (408) 924-5824 Email: [email protected]Catalog DescriptionPlanning and implementation of research practica emphasizing culturally appropriate measures and design strategies. Students produce a professionally written project demonstrating an understanding of the knowledge base underlying social work issues and appropriate interventions. (Prerequisite: ScWk 242, fall semester ScWk 298, Credit/No Credit, 2 Units). Course DescriptionStudents implement previously developed plans (from fall semester ScWk 298) for a Master’s Special Project related to their concentration year field practicum settings. The product of this Special Project is a written document that serves as the “capstone experience” for the MSW curriculum. The Special Project must demonstrate an integrated understanding of each sequence (human behavior in the social environment, policy, practice, research, and field education) in the context and within the knowledge base underlying the research topic, as well as the student’s ability to design, carry out, and write a major research report. Students must also discuss implications in the context of a transcultural perspective. Learning ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this Special Project course, students will be expected to: 1. Understand the role of scientific investigation in the building of knowledge for social work practice, and understand applied research and its link to evidence-based practice; Program Objectives: M 4.3 (Research) 2. Apply concepts of quantitative and/or qualitative research in a culturally appropriate manner regarding the investigation of social work issues and evaluation of social work practice; Program Objectives: M 4.3 (Research) 3. Conduct data collection and analysis, and interpretation and discussion of findings relevant to the investigation of social work issues and evaluation of social work practice;
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