Faculty are encouraged to innovate and propose new course offerings. Those who do so, should consult with other faculty before creating a new course, in order to ensure smooth integration of new content into the MSW curriculum and minimize duplication of course content across the curriculum. Those wishing to develop new courses should follow the process detailed in both the chart and description that follows (developed and approved by the Masters program Committee in 2015).
Faculty Member Decides to Develop a New Course
The first step is to determine if that course will fit within a Concentration or Sequence in the Master’s Program. That determination is made by the instructor in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA).
Course fits within a Concentration or Sequence
- For a proposed course the Faculty Member seeks to initially teach as a 699 course:
- A complete syllabus must be submitted and reviewed by the home Concentration or Sequence Curriculum Committee, who can provide feedback and request revisions in consideration for approval to be taught as a 699.
- Once taught twice as a 699, the syllabus goes back to the home Curriculum Committee for a second round of reviews and requested revisions in consideration for approval as a permanent course in the catalog.
- The course is then submitted to the MPC for final approval as a permanent course in the course catalog (then assigned an appropriate course acronym and number by Records and Registration in coordination with the ADAA).
For a proposed course the Faculty Member seeks initial full approval as permanent course in the course catalog:
- The proposed course syllabus must be submitted to be reviewed and revised by the home Concentration or Sequence Curriculum Committee in immediate consideration for full approval and inclusion in the course catalog (and assignment of an appropriate course acronym and number).
- If the Curriculum Committee does not decide in favor of full approval, the 699 process would still be an option.
Course does not fit within a Concentration or Sequence
For new courses that do not fit in a Concentration or Sequence:
- The syllabus must be submitted to MPC for review and requested revisions.
- The MPC can approve the course as a 699. The course can be taught twice as a 699.
- After being taught twice, the course syllabus is resubmitted to the MPC for a second round of review and requested revisions. The MPC will also seek input from the ADAA as to the enrollment rates and potential as a permanent course in the course catalog. The MPC then can consideration the course for approval as a new course to be included as a Special Topic in Social Work in the course catalog (and given a SOWK course designation and number by Records and Registration in coordination with the ADAA). Such courses would serve as electives for students, and if so approved could meet the program requirement as an advanced course that includes diversity content.
Important Process Considerations:
- Curriculum Committees will be expected to review a syllabus and provide feedback in the very next meeting if: 1) a complete syllabus is provided to the Committee Chair at least a week before the next meeting, and 2) the proposing instructor can attend.
- If the proposing course instructor can make requested revisions between meetings: 1) Curriculum Committees will be expected to review revisions by email, and 2) if revisions are acceptable to members, then the committee will be expected to officially approve syllabus by email.
Important Calendar Considerations:
- Returning Students register for Summer and Fall in early April, and Entering Students register in late April;
- The Summer and Fall course schedule is finalized in mid-March;
- Students register for Spring classes in early November; and
- The Spring course schedule is finalized in mid-October.