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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Sustainable Development & Global Practice

Humans need an ecological understanding of their place in the natural environment to promote personal health and well-being, environmental awareness, sense of belonging in a community, sustainability, resilience and advocacy. Students will develop practice behaviors in assessment, community engagement, education, health promotion, mobilization, organizing, poverty reduction, environmental preservation and capacity building strategies. Students in the Sustainable Development and Global Practice concentration will learn about local and global policies and laws relevant to humane treatment of human and animals, human security, sustainable development strategies in countries emerging from conflict, conservation of nature, biodiversity and sustainability, land use, and water use.

Courses and field internships will be guided by the principles of human rights, global justice, and sustainability and will address complex social and economic development, reconciliation and restorative justice, implementation of sustainable development strategies in countries emerging from conflict, conservation of nature, and biodiversity issues to support the systemic interconnections of human-animal and ecosystem health using practice-informed environmental health and capacity-building strategies.

Students learn to partner effectively with families, communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions by developing competencies in assessment, community engagement, education, health promotion, mobilization, environmental preservation, organizing and developing strategies to reduce poverty and build capacity.

In addition to the courses listed below, students may also take courses from other concentration areas or up to 10 credits of coursework (with the approval of the adviser and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) from other DU graduate programs to fulfill elective requirements.

 Category

Required Recommended
Theory for
Practice
Courses
(3 credits required)
SOWK 4360 – Social Ecology, One Health and Resiliency: Connecting Human and Environmental Health
SOWK 4370 – Community and Organizational Change: Theory for Practice
SOWK 4375 - Economic Theory for Social Work 
Methods/Skills
Courses
(9 credits required)
SOWK 4565 – Social and Environmental Impact Assessments
SOWK 4465 – Human Security: Intervention Strategies for Economic and Social Development
And
At least 1 additional course from this list →
SOWK 4530 – Poverty and Community Economic Development
SOWK 4525 – Planning & Program Development
SOWK 4760 – Resource Development & Fundraising
SOWK 4670 - Policy Analysis & Development
SOWK 4765 – International Social Development

Policy and 
Program 
Advocacy:
Fostering 
Social and 
Economic 
Justice
(3 credits required)

At least 1 course from this list →
SOWK 4665 – Global Policies and Programs
SOWK 4635 – Immigration Policy

Research (6 credits required)

SOWK 4900-Methods for Evaluating Practice/Programs
SOWK 4901-Applied Practice Evaluation Research
Research courses must be taken in sequence. The research will be conducted in the student's field placement.
Values for 
Practice (minimum three credits)
SOWK 4759 – Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus and Conundrums
SOWK 4732 – Disrupting Privilege and Anti-Oppressive Practice
SOWK 4232- Critical Race Praxis
SOWK 4764 – Historical Trauma
SOWK 4235 -Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
SOWK 4230 – Intergenerational Justice
SOWK 4751 –Global Relations & Poverty in Mexico
SOWK 4753 – Social Development in Latin America
SOWK 4971 – SW Response to Postwar Bosnia
SOWK 4971 – Social Work in Thailand
SOWK 4758 – Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sustainability
SOWK 4749 - SW Interventions with Latinos/as
SOWK 4890 - Contemporary Global Issues
SOWK 4990 - Special Topics (as approved, titles vary) 
Internship
(15-18 credits)
SOWK 4970-Concentration Field Internship
Appropriate internships are chosen in consultation with the Field Team.
Capstone
(1 credit) 
Required in final quarter of program
 

Note: Most courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated on the course schedule.

Additional electives with particular relevance to the Sustainable Development and Global Practice Concentration include:

SOWK 4890 – Contemporary Global Issues (strongly recommended)
SOWK 4971 – Connecting Social & Environmental Sciences: Biodiversity & Human Health in Southwest China

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