Metropolitan State University

SOWK 552 : Community Research and Advocacy

A. Course Description
Prerequisites: SOWK 351 Social Research AND
SOWK 522 Social Work Practice II AND
SOWK 542 Comparative Racial/Ethnic Analysis II AND
STAT 201 Statistics I  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
This course is the second course in the research sequence and is offered at the end of the senior year. Students conduct a major advocacy research project focusing on an issue of concern to a community of color within the Twin Cities. Students learn to apply research theories, practice racial/ethnic analysis and social change to a real-life situation. ** Note: this is a variable credit course with credit range of 2 - 4.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/15/2017 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Analyze the transferability of a research/advocacy project to their understanding of generalist social work practice.
  2. Apply social science research methodology to a community issue.
  3. Articulate the potential strengths and weaknesses of using research to affect community change.
  4. Evaluate their effectiveness as work group member
  5. Know generalist social work practice with groups and communities well enough to work effectively with a community agency or group.
  6. Work as a member of a group in the completion of a social science research project with advocacy potential.
  7. Work as a member of a group in the population and presentation of a research/advocacy project.
  8. Work effectively with a university/community research group.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information
Community Engagement