Ecological Justice Curriculum

The Ecological Justice curriculum is always evolving based on community needs, changes in the field, and the environmental and political landscape. Faculty pay close attention to trends, crises and opportunities related to ecological justice—at local, national and global scales—to bring current content into the classroom. For example, you could study grassroots food justice efforts, how Colorado is pursuing a just transition to clean energy, or how federal policies support or hinder ecological justice for communities most affected by air and water pollution. The table below shows a list of required and elective class offerings for the Aging Services and Policy concentration. To see a full list of course descriptions, view the GSSW bulletin. The minimum credits required for the MSW degree are 81 for two-year students and 54 for advanced-standing students. The concentration curriculum is made up of 45 credits, and the rest is comprised of the foundation curriculum. The table below shows a list of required and elective class offerings for the Ecological Justice concentration.

Curriculum plans are subject to change year over year.


Area Requirements 

Course Offerings 

Theory for Practice (3 credits required) 

SOWK 4360 – Social-Ecological Systems: Connecting Human and Environmental Wellbeing 
(pre-requisite or co-requisite for other EcoJustice courses) 

Methods/Skills (9 credits required) 


SOWK 4565 – Social and Environmental Impact Assessments AND choose 1 of the following:  

SOWK 4990 – Creating a Regenerative Future  

SOWK 4990* – Contemporary Ecological Justice Issues & Social Work Practice  

SOWK 4990* – Environmental Change Impacts and Resilience Strategies for Mental Health AND choose 1 of the following:  

SOWK 4340 – Leadership and Supervision Skills  

SOWK 4435 – Grassroots Organizing for Social Justice  

SOWK 4530 – Poverty and Community Economic Development  

SOWK 4535 – Planning & Program Development 


Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required) 

SOWK 4765 – Global Social Change    


SOWK 4990* – Policy Advocacy for Ecological Justice in the U.S. 


Research (3 credits required) 

SOWK 4900 – Methods for Evaluating Practice and Programs 

Values for Practice (3 credits required) 


Choose 1 of the following: ·        

SOWK 4232 – Critical Race Theory Praxis & Social Work·        

SOWK 4235 – Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems·        

SOWK 4240 – Intergenerational Justice·        

SOWK 4245 – Restorative Approaches in Social Work·        

SOWK 4355 - Genocide: A Social Justice Issue·       SOWK 4545 – Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Communities·        

SOWK 4555 – Spirituality & Social Work Practice·        

SOWK 4732 – Disrupting Privilege & Anti-Oppressive Practice·        

SOWK 4742 – Disability Studies·        

SOWK 4757 – Social Work & Latin American Cultures (Chiapas, MX, permission needed; Spanish language requirement)·        

SOWK 4753 – Social Development in Latin America·        

SOWK 4750 - Critical Perspectives on the Latinx Context (taught in Spanish)·        

SOWK 4758 – Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sus…·       

 SOWK 4759 – Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums·        

SOWK 4762 – Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response·        

SOWK 4763 – Social Work & Social Justice: South Africa·        

SOWK 4764 – Historical Trauma·        

SOWK 4782 – Feminisms in Social Work Practice·        

SOWK 4786 – Human Trafficking: Prevention, Intervention, & Support…·        

SOWK 4790 – Human Sexuality·        

SOWK 4990-1 – Global Trauma·        

SOWK 4971 – Experimental Class (as approved, titles vary)·        

SOWK 4990 – Special Topics (as approved, titles vary) 


Internship (12-15 credits) 

SOWK 4970 – Concentration Field 

Capstone (0 credits)  

Capstone Project 

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