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Social Welfare Policy and the Law




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on the relationship between political and economic forces and social work policy, as well as how existing laws affect social work practice and social justice initiatives within social work.



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Ethical Guidelines and Legal Statutes in Social Work

  • Determine applicable ethical guidelines and state regulations related to the grand challenges of social work.
  • Explain the relationship between legal and ethical guidelines and social justice initiatives.
  • Apply strategies for maintaining professionalism in situations when personal values may be challenged.

Social Work Policies and Social Justice

  • Identify current policies that relate to social justice.
  • Analyze how specific factors influence social work policy.
  • Explain how social work policies affect the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work practice.

Analyzing Social Welfare Policy

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of social welfare policies in addressing issues related to the grand challenges of social work.
  • Determine necessary changes to policies that will advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice

Proposing Social Welfare Policy

  • Create a social welfare policy proposal to address a social issue.
  • Identify steps to advocate for public policy

Advocating for Social Welfare Policy

  • Determine the appropriate advocacy strategy and skills necessary to promote social justice for a specific social issue.
  • Demonstrate advocacy processes to enhance social justice initiatives.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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