SOWK 591

Social Work Senior Practicum

2-5 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Social work majors are involved in supervised social work practice in the Twin Cities for 20 hours weekly during the last semester of their senior year. Faculty assign students to an agency or setting based on students needs and interests, and the capacity of the agency or setting to meet those needs. Students practice social work in at least two of the following categories: individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities. Master's-prepared community social workers supervise the students' practica. Students are expected to contribute their knowledge of social work practice with people of color, acquired through their junior year social work curriculum to enrich the agency or setting and its services. Prerequisites: Completion of all major requirements.

Special information

Prerequisites: Completion of all major requirements.

Learning outcomes


  • Apply concepts such as the intersection between macro, mezzo, and micro social work practice.
  • Apply critical thinking skills when doing assessments, interventions and evaluation with client systems of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Apply generalist social work practice theories, principles and values in their practicum; integrate classroom learning into practice.
  • Demonstrate ability to become change agent within bureaucratic systems.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the professional use of self in practice settings, and the role as social workers when working in collaborative with other agencies and professionals.
  • Demonstrate understanding on the effective use of supervision.
  • Practice in a cultural competent manner, supporting client strengths and clients' culture.
  • Practice in a professional manner that is congruent with the NASW Code of Ethics and the profession's core values.