The University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work invites organizations to submit project proposals for the spring 2018 Master’s Level Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities course. This is the second year for the service learning model in this course and we seek community partners to collaborate with us on this important and exciting process.
In this course, first-year master of social work students learn about stakeholder assessment, community engagement, and management in diverse settings. They apply their developing knowledge and skills in projects completed in partnership with coalitions, organizations, and government agencies in the region. The projects are structured to address an organizational or community practice question that your agency may need answered.
Perhaps you need to know more about a target population for a program, effective program options for addressing a given issue, or how to reach or mobilize a stakeholder group. Students can engage with stakeholders, review the best available evidence, and recommend strategies for addressing the issue.
As described in the attached materials (See Download Link below), the project will correspond to the learning objectives for the course. The project must also include a point-person within your agency who will work with the student team and agree to attend both an orientation and the project presentations. Other relevant details include:
- Projects will occur for the duration of spring semester 2018
- Students will work in teams of four or five students.
- Each student team will be led by a faculty member and a community liaison.
- Students will have dedicated class time to work on the project, and will complete a comprehensive project report and presentation for your agency.
Organizations interested in hosting a project team or multiple teams can express their interest by completing a project proposal online.
Kirk A. Foster, PhD, MSW, MDiv
University of South Carolina | College of Social Work | Columbia SC 29208