Praxis Fieldwork Seminars bring students working at independent but related field sites together to meet with a single Faculty Advisor.
During (generally) bi-weekly meetings, students share experiences from the field and discuss how their fieldwork is related to the common academic content of the course.
Seminars meet about 8 times during the semester and the fieldwork component for the Fieldwork Seminar is 8-10 hours per week; similar to the requirements of a Praxis Independent Study.
While students need to secure a field placement, they do not need to find a faculty advisor and develop the full course.
Spring 2019 Praxis Fieldwork Seminar "Promoting Change Through Service"
Faculty Advisor: Professor James Martin, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
Course Description: Promoting Change Through Service is a semester-long, cohort-based seminar that will allow participants to examine organizational policies and practices intended to bring about change and foster resilience and well-being among consumers, clients, and/or patients receiving services in community settings. Applying a biopsychosocial-spiritual matrix to the understanding of human behavior, students will use a theory of change approach and develop a corresponding logic model to articulate their understanding of how their own role contributes to the change process for those receiving services. Students will be expected to consider issues of cultural diversity as they relate to and interact with aspects of agency/organizational practice and their own fieldwork activities. Designed to maximize student involvement, seminar meetings will use a transformative learning model where students work with each other and their instructor as full partners in the implementation of the course. Integration of instructional material will be facilitated by student-led discussions and presentations. During the semester each student will compose four “brief (500 to 600 word) reflective essays” – due 3 to 5 days after class number: 3, 5, 7, and 11. Materials to support the course will be posted on Moodle.
- To connect theory to policy and practice in the human services
- To connect internship experience to individual academic interests and career goals
- To gain understanding of the change process in agency/organization-based settings, including the role volunteer contributions can have in bringing about change
- Create your own