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SWKD 709. History and Philosophy of Social Work. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the doctoral program or with permission of the instructor. This seminar focuses on the intellectual and sociopolitical foundations of the social work profession and its evolution, primarily in the U.S. Students will examine the role of key individuals, ideas, institutions, events and movements leading up to and ensuing since the profession’s inception in the late 19th century. The co-evolution of social science philosophy will provide a corollary framework for interpreting historical and contemporary social trends and for understanding social work’s changing practice, policy and research agendas for ongoing and emerging social problems.