Sustainable Development and Global Practice Curriculum

The Sustainable Development and Global Practice curriculum is always evolving based on community needs, changes in the field and the political landscape. Faculty pay close attention to local, national and international events (such as migration, travel bans and propaganda) to bring current content into the classroom. For example, you could explore how federal deregulation for oil drilling impacts the environment and people impacted by oppression who need clean land and water.

The concentration curriculum will prepare you for advanced practice in sustainable development and global practice. 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 Sustainable Development and Global Practice concentration.

Curriculum plans are subject to change year over year.

Area Requirements Course Offerings
Theory for Practice (3 credits required) Social-Ecological Resilience and One Health: Connecting Human and Environmental Well-Being
Methods/Skills (9 credits required)

Required: Human Security: Intervention Strategies for Economic and Social Development
Social and Environmental Impact Assessments

Choose from the options below for 9th credit:

Poverty and Community Economic Development
Planning & Program Development
Resource Development & Fundraising
International Social Development

Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required) Immigration Policies & Services OR Global Policies and Programs for Sustainable Development
Research (3 credits required) Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs
Values for Practice (3 credits required) Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus and Conundrums
Electives (12 credits required) Community and Organizational Change: Theory for Practice
Economic Theory for Social Work
Policy Analysis and Development
Values for Practice Courses
Critical Race Praxis
Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
Intergenerational Justice
Restorative Approaches in Social Work
Social Work Practice With LGBTQIA Communities
Spirituality & Social Work Practice
Disrupting Privilege and Anti-Oppressive Practice
Disability Studies
Social Work Interventions With Latinos/as
Global Relations & Poverty in Mexico
Social Development in Latin America
Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sustainability
Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums
Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response
Historical Trauma
Feminisms in Social Work Practice
Human Trafficking: Prevention, Intervention and Support of Its Victims
Human Sexuality
Contemporary Global Issues
Cultural Connectedness: A Journey Into Native American Country
Special Topics (as approved, titles vary)
Internship (15-18 credits)

Community internship at an organization that specializes in sustainable development and global practice. Learn more about field education

Capstone Project (0 credits) Capstone Project
University of Denver Campus

Are you interested in a career in environmental and international social work?