SWO-704 Deconstruction and Development of Clinical Social Work Knowledge and Practice

3 credits

This course will examine how professional social work knowledge evolves in the context of broader intellectual currents in philosophy and the social sciences, including debates in epistemology, ontology, and political and moral philosophy. Traditional and postmodern theories will be examined and deconstructed in relation to clinical practice with vulnerable populations traditionally served by social workers. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing a diversity, equity, inclusion, and power (DEI-P) framework to critically review perspectives, particularly in relation to each other and their clinical utility and limitations when applied to vulnerable populations.