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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides an in-depth perspective of social problems and programs. Students develop an understanding of social welfare and the effects of sociopolitical policies on marginalized populations. Students examine the link between special populations in terms of neglect and abuse, as well as the relationship between the social welfare system and the legal system in relation to the enforcement of victims of abuse laws.



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Social Welfare Policy: History, Foundations and Values

  • Explain the primary social work values as they relate to social welfare policy.
  • Describe the historical foundations of social welfare policy in the United States.
  • Identify the theoretical and conceptual foundations of social welfare policies.

Social Welfare Policy Analysis and Assistance

  • Describe the various models for social welfare policy analysis.
  • Explain the various forms of social welfare assistance.
  • Identify public and private providers of social relief.

Social Justice, Civil Rights, and Economic Challenges

  • Describe the barriers to social justice in the context of civil rights.
  • Identify factors that contribute to poverty.
  • Define the major economic social welfare programs

Policies: Social Insurance, Aging, Families, and Healthcare

  • Describe how the Social Security Act applies to the field of social work.
  • Define challenges facing the aging population.
  • Describe the federal guidelines for the child welfare system.
  • Explain the impact of different health care acts or policies on social work practice.

Social Welfare Policies: Globalization, Advocacy, and Practice

  • Describe the impact of social welfare policy on different populations.
  • Explain how social justice is promoted through social welfare policies.
  • Explain the role of advocacy and policy practice in social work.



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