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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Doctoral program requires an enrollment of 64 credit hours, as follows:

  • 31 credit hours of required coursework
  • 15 credit hours of electives
  • A qualifying paper
  • A comprehensive examination process
  • Completion of a dissertation

The curriculum is designed to provide standard core content for all students and also to give flexibility for students to develop particular expertise in chosen areas of inquiry and research methods. Required social work doctoral courses provide a common base of knowledge and skills. Electives, the Qualifying Paper, and the dissertation allow greater focus and specialization. The cumulative effect of coursework and the Qualifying Paper should be to create a clear area of specialization or emphasis. The dissertation involves detailed scholarly investigation within this area. Students are not required to use the same or similar topic and methodology developed in the Qualifying Paper for the dissertation. However, doing so is the most efficient way to proceed through the program.

CURRICULUM

Recommended completion schedule for all students with GRA or GTA appointments of 50% or more, which is Full Time for KU purposes.

TAB: Year 1

Fall

SW 978 Research Design and Methods
This class is an in-depth introduction to the process of conducting research. This introduction provides the essential context for the qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research courses. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

SW 981 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods I
This course, which includes a lab, focuses on quantitative research methodology and related inferential statistics, emphasizing mastery of specific methodological and statistical knowledge and skills. The course will address the following topics: the framing of research questions; the selection of appropriate research methods and designs; the selection of appropriate statistics for data analysis; the principles of analysis; interpretation of findings; and the presentation of results. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

SW 985 Theory for Research: _____
This course provides an introduction to interdisciplinary theory for applied social research, focusing on: (1) the roles and uses of theory in social inquiry (2) theory building and theory testing (3) induction and deduction (4) the articulation of common or related theoretical traditions in various social science disciplines. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

SW 911 PhD Seminar I
Students will discuss critical issues related to both substantive and professional issues related to doctoral education, the education of social workers, research and methodological procedures and practices, transitioning from student to academic scholar, and social work ethics in all realms of scholarship. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Student must be admitted to the School of Social Welfare PhD program. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Akin, Becci
Tu 12:45-01:45 PM TWE 208 - LAWRENCE
1 55849

Spring

SW 979 Methods of Qualitative Inquiry I
This course is the first in a sequence of two courses on qualitative inquiry required for students in the social work Ph.D. program. It provides a detailed overview of knowledge and skills for designing qualitative inquiry. It examines issues in the philosophy of science, paradigms for qualitative inquiry in social work, and a diverse range of methods that flow from these paradigms. It emphasizes principles and procedures for qualitative inquiry design, including an introduction to data collection, analysis, and criteria for establishing methodological rigor (i.e. trustworthiness). Prerequisite: SW 985 and SW 978. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
M 09:00-12:00 PM TWE 3 - LAWRENCE
3 55850

SW 983 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods II
The purpose of this advanced research methods course is to help equip professionals to design and carry out research with direct implications for social work practice and social welfare policy. Building on the experience in SW 978 and SW 981, this course will focus on more advanced topics in research design and both experimental and correlational statistical analyses. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
Tu 09:00-12:00 PM TWE 3 - LAWRENCE
Tu 02:00-03:00 PM TWE 315 - LAWRENCE
3 55851

SW 980 History and Philosophy of Social Work
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to examine the underlying conceptual frameworks of social work practice-their history and present manifestations. This course rests on the definition of social work practice that includes the interaction of knowledge, value, and skill around professional purpose and in the context of professional sanction. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
M 01:00-04:00 PM TWE 3 - LAWRENCE
3 55852

SW 911 PhD Seminar I
Students will discuss critical issues related to both substantive and professional issues related to doctoral education, the education of social workers, research and methodological procedures and practices, transitioning from student to academic scholar, and social work ethics in all realms of scholarship. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Student must be admitted to the School of Social Welfare PhD program. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Akin, Becci
Tu 12:45-01:45 PM TWE 208 - LAWRENCE
1 55849

TAB: Year 2

Fall

SW 989 Methods of Qualitative Inquiry II
This course is the second in a sequence of two courses on qualitative inquiry required for students in the social work Ph.D. program. It provides in-depth methodological knowledge and skills for implementing qualitative inquiry and writing research reports. It examines implementation issues related to a diverse range of methods that flow from the paradigms addressed in SW 979. It provides guidance for implementation of research designs for projects developed in SW 979, including application of methods for data collection, analysis, supporting criteria for methodological rigor (i.e. trustworthiness), and writing up findings and implications. Prerequisite: SW 979. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

SW 982 Social Welfare Policy
This seminar helps doctoral students learn to analyze social welfare policies and programs. After comparing and contrasting various policy analysis frameworks, students learn to analyze the ways in which social conditions, values, and ideologies shape the definitions of social problems as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of social welfare policies that impact those problems. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

SW 912 PhD Seminar II
Building on the first year of the doctoral program and SW 911 - PhD Seminar I, students will continue to discuss critical issues related to both substantive and professional issues related to doctoral education, the education of social workers, research and methodological procedures and practices, transitioning from student to academic scholar, and social work ethics in all realms of scholarship. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Student must be admitted to the School of Social Welfare PhD program. Successful completion of SW 911. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
Tu APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 57865

Spring

SW 987 Teaching Social Work: Philosophy and Methods
The purpose of the course is to prepare doctoral students for effective teaching of Social Work courses at all levels of higher education. Doctoral students need practical skills, a theoretical base, experience, and confidence in order to improve their teaching performance. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
Tu 02:00-05:00 PM TWE 208 - LAWRENCE
3 57866

SW 912 PhD Seminar II
Building on the first year of the doctoral program and SW 911 - PhD Seminar I, students will continue to discuss critical issues related to both substantive and professional issues related to doctoral education, the education of social workers, research and methodological procedures and practices, transitioning from student to academic scholar, and social work ethics in all realms of scholarship. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Student must be admitted to the School of Social Welfare PhD program. Successful completion of SW 911. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
Tu APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 57865

Two Electives (3 hours each)

TAB: Year 3

Fall

One Elective (in or out of SSW) (3 hours)

One Elective (3 hours) 

Spring

SW 990 Graduate Research
Individual research preparatory to defense of dissertation prospectus. (By arrangement with doctoral chair.) Graded on a satisfactory progress/limited progress/no progress basis. RSH.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Adams, Deborah
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 43161
RSH Akin, Becci
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 52017
RSH Banerjee, Mahasweta
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 56817
RSH Brook, Joanna
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 49757
RSH Canda, Edward
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 43162
RSH Chapin, Rosemary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 56818
RSH Kepple, Nancy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 56512
RSH Koenig, Terry
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 49845
RSH Matejkowski, Jason
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 53106
RSH Mendenhall, Amy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 48252

Students will typically enroll for 6 hours of SW990 in spring of year 3 while working on the Qualifying Paper and later, on the Dissertation Proposal; then 6-9 hours of SW999 each semester through completion of Dissertation. Electives can also be taken during summer semesters.

TAB: Year 4

Fall

SW 999 Dissertation
Graded on a satisfactory progress/limited progress/no progress basis. THE.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Adams, Deborah
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 43164
THE Akin, Becci
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 56855
THE Banerjee, Mahasweta
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 47730
THE Brook, Joanna
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 50970
THE Canda, Edward
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 43165
THE Koenig, Terry
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 48279
THE Matejkowski, Jason
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 53091
THE Mendenhall, Amy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 51103
THE Paceley, Megan
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 53074
THE Spano, Richard
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 56886

Spring

SW 999 Dissertation
Graded on a satisfactory progress/limited progress/no progress basis. THE.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Adams, Deborah
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 43164
THE Akin, Becci
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 56855
THE Banerjee, Mahasweta
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 47730
THE Brook, Joanna
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 50970
THE Canda, Edward
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 43165
THE Koenig, Terry
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 48279
THE Matejkowski, Jason
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 53091
THE Mendenhall, Amy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 51103
THE Paceley, Megan
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 53074
THE Spano, Richard
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-12 56886

Students will typically enroll for 6 hours of SW990 in spring of year 3 while working on the Qualifying Paper and later, on the Dissertation Proposal; then 6-9 hours of SW999 each semester through completion of Dissertation. Electives can also be taken during summer semesters.

NOTE:  Variations in the above recommended schedule can be made with approval of the Program Director. For example, due to employment or other obligations, some students take as few as one course in some semesters. These students need to assess their plan to graduation carefully. Other students may have less than 50% GRA or GTA appointments, and could take 3 courses in the first year, with approval.


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