Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016
SWK 370 Social Welfare Policy I: History, Trends, and Fundamental Concepts
3 hours; 3 credits
An introduction to fundamental concepts, values, terminology, frameworks, and ethical issues that define social welfare policy. Students will be introduced to the historical and philosophical bases of American social welfare programs. This course will help students understand the contemporary welfare state in terms of its underlying motivations - political, economic, ideological, religious, and social - their impact on social welfare institutions, and the role of the profession of social work in this context. This is the first of a two-part sequence, designed to prepare generalist practitioners with an understanding of the evolution of the social welfare system in the United States, as well as in the global context. The course specifically emphasizes how historically underrepresented groups (e.g. people of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ people, and children) have been affected by social welfare policy throughout history.
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