Business Planning for New Enterprises (The Hatchery)
Clifford Holekamp, S50 SWSA 5061
Student teams pursue their own business idea or support community or fellow student entrepreneurs by researching, writing, and pitching business plans for new commercial or social ventures. Community entrepreneurs and scientific researchers may pitch an idea to be considered for student selection. Most work is done outside class with the support of executive coaches, mentors, advisors, and the instructor. Classes are held weekly for the first half of the semester, with required rehearsals in the second half. Students present to a panel of judges including venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs and others involved with early stage ventures. Semester: Fall, spring. Prerequisite: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (MGT 421 or MGT 521), Social Entrepreneurship (MGT 500T or S50 SWSA 5060) or permission of the instructor. Additional Info: This course is the same as B63 MGT 524.
Community Development Practice
Barbara Levin, S60 SWCD 5016
Reviews the theory and practice of community development in the United States. With emphasis on programs in St. Louis and other major American cities, this course exposes students to both research findings and practical intervention strategies. Semester: Fall, spring, summer. Prerequisite: S15 SWCR 5012 & S15 SWCR 5039. Additional Info: None.
Death and Dying
Mary Pat Henehan, S30 SWDP 9150
This course covers concepts and clinical skills that help social workers deal effectively with dying and grieving people and other loss situations. Attention is paid to larger ethical and philosophical issues raised by death. Semester: Summer. Prerequisite: None. Additional Info: None.
Developing Programs for Children & Youth
Lorien Carter, S50 SWCD 5067
Focusing on knowledge, skills and tools necessary to write grants and develop programs for agencies working with children, youth and families, this course includes applied learning experiences. Concurrent enrollment with S50-5050 Evaluation of Programs & Services is NOT recommended due to extensive applied learning assignments in both courses. Approval for concurrent enrollment must be sought from the instructors of both courses prior to enrollment. Semester: Fall, spring, summer.Prerequisite: S15 SWCR 5038. This course is by pre-registration only. Complete application on Inside Brown during pre-registration days April 2-10. Pre-registration dates will change each semester as determined by the Office of the Registrar. Course must be taken in conjunction with concentration practicum. Additional Info: None.
Developing Sustainable Urban Communities
Hank Webber, S60 SWCD 5078
This project-based graduate course engages interdisciplinary groups of students in contributing solutions to substantively and politically challenging urban redevelopment projects in St. Louis. Students teams cultivate their projects over the semester through research, dialogue with a team of interdisciplinary faculty, examination of relevant case studies, and engagement with “client” organizations in the community. The goal of the projects is to contribute to the process of building high quality, mixed income, vibrant and sustainable communities in St. Louis. Semester: Fall.Prerequisite: Preference given to graduate architecture and social work students; other graduate students admitted by permission of the instructors. This course is by pre-registration only. Complete application on Inside Brown during pre-registration days April 2-10. Course requires previous coursework in community development or urban design demonstrated by completion of S60-5079, Community Development & American Cities, or equivalent. Additional Info: Same course as A46 ARCH 5078 / A49 MUD 5078.
Evaluation of Programs and Services
Amanda Moore McBride, various instructors, S50 SWCD 5050
Examines issues and methods for evaluation of programs and services in both organizational and community contexts. Strengths and weaknesses of various evaluative models are discussed. Concurrent enrollment with S50-5067 Developing Programs for Children & Youth is NOT recommended due to extensive applied learning assignments in both courses. Approval for concurrent enrollment must be sought from the instructors of both courses prior to enrollment. Semester: Fall, spring, summer. Prerequisite: S15 SWCR 5005 & S15 SWCR 5040. Course must be taken in conjunction with concentration practicum. Additional Info: None.
Foundation Practicum Integrative Seminar
Cynthia Williams, S70 SWCD 5102
This seminar provides an opportunity for students to integrate theoretical and research-based knowledge gained in the classroom with the applied knowledge gained from social work practice. It is designed to provide additional integration of coursework and daily practice, enhance student knowledge and provide a safe and supportive environment for students to debrief on practice challenges and ethical issues. Semester: Fall, spring. Prerequisite: Course must be taken in conjunction with foundation practicum. Additional Info: None
Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Applied Social Sciences
Aaron Addison, Aaron Hipp, S65 SWCD 5082
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a system of hardware, software, and procedures designed to support the capture, management, manipulation, analysis, modeling, and display of spatially referenced data for solving complex environmental, health, social, planning, and management problems. GIS applications use both spatial information (maps) and databases to perform analytical studies. This course familiarizes students with the basic knowledge of GIS and the application to social work and public health practice and research. A conceptual overview of GIS is presented to provide students with foundational knowledge about the theory, purpose, function, and applicability of GIS in practice and research settings. Semester: Fall, spring summer. Prerequisite: This course is by pre-registration only. Complete application on Inside Brown during pre-registration days. Additional Info: Community partners include: Department of Corrections, Trailnet, St. Louis Regional Health Commission, Behavioral Health Network- partners change every year.
Policies & Services for Children & Youth
Corinne Patton, S40 SWSP 5771
Policies shape the ways services are delivered, financed and governed. Making and implementing policy at the national, state and local levels directly impact the wellbeing of children, youth and their families. The course is designed to develop a base of knowledge of and skills to influence policies and services for children and families. The course uses an evidence-based and applied approach to examining and learning to influence policy. Community agencies pose a policy issue or question related to the work of the agency. Small groups of students research the issues and prepare responses, usually in the form of a policy brief. Semester: Fall, spring, summer. Prerequisite: S15 SWCR 5040.Additional Info: Community partners include: Vision for Children at Risk, Wyman Center, Maternal, Child and Family Health Coalition, St. Louis City Health Department, The Asthma Coalition, Children’s Division- St. Louis City Office, United for Children, the St. Louis Mayor’s Office, Operation Food Search, Beyond Housing.
Social and Economic Development: East Saint Louis Seminar
Jack Kirkland, S60 SWCD 5076
This course provides a theoretical and experiential understanding of the basic forces, factors and institutional dynamics that interface and persist to keep low-income people in poverty, generationally. Preferably, students take this class along with an “internship” or practicum, to learn how to build a depressed area and raise it to the status of a viable, economically and socially sustainable community. The class is conducted in East St Louis, Lansdowne, at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center. The area is called “The Helping Village.” This unique class is facilitated by interdisciplinary experts from many academic, professional, skilled venues and overseen by the course instructor. The students are taught/trained to function in multiple roles, from consultants to city mayors and city managers to community and neighborhood groups as advocates and facilitators where that need is so currently and urgently required. Semester: Fall. Prerequisite: This course is by pre-registration only. Complete application on Inside Brown during pre-registration days April 2-10. Additional Info: This is the first semester of a two semester course. In the spring semester students should enroll in S60 SWCD 5086 Social and Economic Development: East Saint Louis Seminar Part 2
Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities
Amanda Moore McBride, various instructors, S15 SWCR 5039
This course focuses on the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for social work practice with organizations and communities. Historical views are presented along with contemporary theories and methods. Emphasis is placed on organizational and community assessment and development, with exposure to innovative strategies including social entrepreneurism, systems thinking approaches, and geographic information systems. Through applied group projects in partnership with community-based organizations, students apply the skills developed in research methods, human diversity, and individual practice as they develop skills in task group work, stakeholder engagement, evidence-based application, and capacity building. Students should expect to work with group members and community sponsors outside of class time to accomplish the project objectives. Semester: Spring.Prerequisite: S15 SWCR 5005, S15 SWCR 5015, and S15 SWCR 5038. Concurrent enrollment in foundation practicum is recommended. Additional Info: 3 course credits.
Spirituality and Social Work
Mary Pat Henehan, S31 SWDP 5200
This course explores the intersection between spirituality/religion and the profession of social work. Attention is given to developing an empirically-based understanding of spirituality and acquiring beginning knowledge and skills to address spirituality in various practice settings. Diversity is examined and social and economic justice is explored. Opportunities are available to facilitate a caregivers group in a faith-based setting and also a group in the Juvenile Detention Center.Semester: Fall- annually. Prerequisite: S15 SWCR 5038. Additional Info: Community partners include: Family Court-Juvenile Division, St. Peter’s Church (United Church of Christ).
Transdisciplinary Problem-Solving: From the Inside Out: Public Health & the Built Environment
Aaron Hipp, S55 MPH 5335
The built environment has contributed to and advanced public health and safety since the era of 2200 BCE when Hammurabi, the founder of the Babylonian Empire, proclaimed the “Code of Hammurabi.” This code called for construction of “firm houses” that would not collapse on their owners and for the imposition of severe penalties on constructors whose buildings collapsed. This Transdisciplinary Problem Solving course discusses issues in the US and within a global context of housing, healthy communities, sustainable design, environmental quality, and occupational health and safety. Working directly with the St. Louis community, students prepare a health impact assessment (HIA) for the new Brown School building project. Semester: Spring- annually. Prerequisite: Co-requisite for MPH Program Students is S55 MPH 5005 or permission of instructor. Additional Info: Community partners include: Washington University, Habitat for Humanity. Note- partners change each year.
Urban Development Seminar
Barbara Levin & Charles Brown, S60 SWCD 5077
This seminar is taught jointly by WUSTL & SLU. Interdisciplinary teams respond to RFPs for community development projects focusing on the legal policy, social and architectural issues affecting in St. Louis.Semester: Fall-annually. Prerequisite: 400 level and above. Additional Info: Same course as A46 ARCH 564A. Fulfills Urban Issues elective for Masters in Architecture degree. 3 credit course.