Brown School

Domestic Social and Economic Development Policy
Fields, Metzger, S40 SWSP 5861
Focuses on selected topics in development policy at local, state, national, and international levels, emphasizing implications of alternative policy approaches. Semester: Fall. Pre-requisites: S15-5012 and S15-5040. Additional Info:  3 credits.

Evaluation of Programs and Services
Various Instructors, S50 SWSA 5050
This course is by pre-registration only. The pre-registration form will be available on Inside Brown from Monday, March 27, 2017 (beginning at 8am) through Monday, April 3, 2017 (ending at 8am). 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. Pre-requisites: S15-5005 and S15-5040. Semester: Fall, spring. Required Co-requisite: Concentration Practicum. Co-requisite with S50-5069 Developing Programs in Health and Social Services is NOT recommended due to extensive applied learning assignments in each course. Approval for concurrent enrollment must be sought from instructors of both courses prior to enrollment. Additional Info: 3 credits.

Marketing, Resource Development, and Community Relations
Werner, Dollar, S50 SWSA 5066
Examines how organizations develop and maintain support from the community. Three interrelated topics are addressed: marketing services, financial and other services, and community (public) relations. Semester: Fall. Pre-requisite: S15-5038. Additional Info: 3 credits.

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.

Practicum-MPH Program
S55 MPH 5701
This course provides supervised experience in application of public health techniques through work in a public health agency or other health care organization. Semester: Fall, spring. Additional Info: Variable credits (max 3)

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.

Social and Economic Development-Redevelopment-East St. Louis Seminar Part I
Kirkland, S60 SWCD 5076
This course is by pre-registration only. The pre-registration form will be available on Inside Brown from Monday, April 4, 2016 (beginning at 9am) through Monday, April 11, 2016 (ending at 9am). This is the first semester of a two semester course. In the spring semester students should enroll in S60-5086 Social and Economic Development: East Saint Louis Seminar Part 2. 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. Students will preferably take this class along with an “internship” or practicum, to learn the “nuts and bolts” of how to build a depressed area and rise it to the status of a viable, economically and socially sustainable community. The class will be conducted in East St Louis, Lansdowne, at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center. The area is called “The Helping Village.” This unique class will be facilitated by Multi-Cross/Disciplines and experts from many academic, professional, skilled venues and facilitated by an expert. The students are being 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. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Semester: Fall. Additional Info: 3 credits.

Urban Development Seminar
Barbara Levin & Charles Brown, S60 SWCD 5077
The Urban Issues Symposium is an interdisciplinary course open to students in architecture, law, business, urban design, social work, public health and public policy. Students and faculty from Washington University and Saint Louis University work in interdisciplinary teams to respond to projects in collaboration with local partners in the St. Louis region. During class, faculty members and subject experts present on multi-disciplinary aspects of development projects to help guide the work of class teams. Successful project deliverables require a holistic understanding of and engagement with the community, private property owners, various government agencies (e.g. streets and bikeways, economic development, planning design and use, housing), businesses, schools, and other relevant organizations and individuals. Components of the team response might include community participation, tax credit financing and other subsidies, collaborative planning, social capital building, design, land use, social services, environmental issues, and public-private partnerships. Interdisciplinary student teams are expected to meet regularly outside of class to discuss and prepare their team deliverable. In previous years, collaborative teams have tackled relevant challenges associated with developing and sustaining trail systems within the urban fabric of St. Louis as well as developing conceptual comprehensive strategic plans for the Spanish Lake community. In the upcoming Fall, the faculty will offer another case specific urban issue for the student teams to address, and ultimately submitting group solutions to stakeholders. For any additional information, please contact Barbara Levin at This course fulfills the Urban Issues or MUD Track elective requirement. Semester: Fall-annually. Additional Info: Course meets at Saint Louis University for the first half of the semester and meets at Washington university for the second half of the semester. 3 credit course.

Poverty, Law and the Health of Communities
Raclin, S60 SWCD 5089
For Brown School Students ONLY: This course is by pre-registration only. The pre-registration form will be available on Inside Brown beginning Monday, March 27, 2017 at 8am and ending on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 8am. Enrollment and waitlist decisions will be reflected in WebSTAC by Wednesday, April 12, 2017. In today’s legal system, many low-income citizens are often fined or jailed simply for being poor. A disproportionate number are also people of color. They are arrested for minor traffic violations, or stopped- and- frisked based on how they are walking, or where they are resting, sitting or sleeping. If they can’t pay exorbitant amounts for tickets or citations, they are often jailed, sometimes for weeks at a time. Ultimately, their physical and mental health is negatively impacted, causing them to experience unfavorable health disparities, as compared to high-income individuals. This course will help students understand these disparities from a transdisciplinary perspective, combining legal, public health, medical, and social problem solving skills and analytic methods. Students who anticipate working with individuals or communities in poverty will benefit from the course’s framework that considers the impact of criminalization and mental scarcity on both health behavior and access to care. As part of their course work, students will do one short-term research assignment with a local community agency to determine whether low-income individuals have suffered health impacts as a result of their interactions with law enforcement. Semester: Fall. Additional Info: 3 credits.

Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Applied Social Sciences
Aaron Addison, 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.

Foundation Practicum (multiple semesters)
Harpring, S70 SWPR
Foundation practicum for MSW students. Semester: Fall, spring, summer. PRE-REQUISITES: S15-5011 and S15-5038. REQUIRED CO-REQUISITES: Concurrent enrollment in S70-5102 required. Concurrent enrollment in or completion of S15-5005, S15-5012, S15-5015, S15-5039 & S15-5040. Additional Info: Variable credits.

Foundation Practicum Integrative Seminar
Harpring, 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

Concentration Practicum (multiple semesters)
Harpring, S70 SWPR
Concentration practicum for MSW students. Semester: Fall, spring, summer. Pre-requisite: Foundation practicum. Additional Info: Variable credit.