University of Connecticut

Policy Practice Concentration

Erica “E” Iyamu-Osagie, MSW Student with a Concentration in Policy Practice The Policy Practice Concentration prepares social workers for practice involving the formulation, adoption, implementation and evaluation of all types of social service and social welfare policies. Typical Policy Practice activities include defining social problems, assessing needs, developing and implementing programs and forecasting future problems, needs, policies and programs. Policy Practice involves designing, implementing and evaluating programs involving a range of clients and citizens, with special emphasis on oppressed individual and groups. A critical element of Policy Practice is the ability to leverage the sources, allocation and mechanisms of transfer of resources and money for social service programs. Grant writing is a special skill needed by Policy Practitioners. Another important skill is the use of research methodologies, data and information in the policy-making process.

Students and graduates of the program are trained for and meet their professional responsibilities in a variety of macro practice jobs. Typical career opportunities for Policy Practice graduates are found in public and private agencies as policy analysts, evaluators, planners, program and grant developers, legislative analysts, lobbyists and advocates, and as elected officials or the staff of elected officials. Because the School of Social Work is located near the state capital there are a large number of excellent field work placements that enable students to learn and practice Policy Practice skills. Graduates of the program work in a variety of leadership and important Policy Practice positions in the state, regional, national and global contexts.

Policy Practice Concentration Requirements:

Catalog Number Description Semester Credits
POPR 5301 Policy Practice: Process & Finances
Pre or co-requisite: BASC 5350
Concurrent with FED 5352 (Field) & FED 5302 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 1st year 3
POPR 5310 Program Planning, Development and Evaluation
Concurrent with POPR 5353 (Field) & FED 5310 (Field Seminar)
(Combined course for POPR, CORG and ADMN)
Fall 2nd year 3
POPR 5312 Political Advocacy
Concurrent with field placement & Field Advising Seminar
Any semester after 1st semester of field *(Spring semester recommended) 3
POPR 5302 Policy Practice: Careers, Contexts & Quantitative Analysis
Pre or co-requisite: RSCH 5340
Concurrent with POPR 5354 (Field) & FED 5311 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 2nd year 3

Credit Summary:

Catalog Number Description Credits
Basic Foundation Courses 28
Advanced Method Concentration Courses (above) 12
RSCH 5340 Additional Research Course 2
POPR 5353 Advanced Field Education III 4
FED 5310* Field Advising Seminar (Fall Semester) 0
POPR 5354 Advanced Field Education IV 4
FED 5311* Field Advising Seminar (Spring Semester) 1
Elective Courses 9
Total Credits: 60

*Registrations will be entered through the Registrar’s Office.