2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    Sep 23, 2019  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Policy Practice (DSW)

Return to: Doctor of Social Work  

Effective policy and sustainable change are the result of successful collaboration with legislators, lobbyists, grass-roots organizations and other groups, and individuals. This specialization can help students advance social welfare by identifying community needs and learning best practices in working with key stakeholders on today’s most pressing social policy issues. Students will have the opportunity to analyze the key factors that influence decision making related to positive social change and learn how to engage with community, state, and federal governments.

Course Sequence

Quarter Course Credits
1 SOCW 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study  3 cr. 
SOCW 8110 - Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice  5 cr. 
2 SOCW 8802 - Clinical Seminar I  5 cr. 
SOCW 8117 - Diversity and Multiculturalism 5 cr. 
4 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  5 cr. . 
SOCW 8451 - Public Policy Analysis  5 cr. 
5 SOCW 8137 - Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy 5 cr.  
SOCW 8138 - Program and Practice Evaluation  5 cr. 
6 SOCW 8465 - Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination  5 cr.  
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr.  
7 SOCW 8809 - Fundamentals of Law and Public Policy  5 cr. 
Elective course chosen to support Capstone research project  
  SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project* 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion 

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.