Feb 02, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
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SW 405 Social Welfare Policies and Services

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the orienting knowledge and skills needed to analyze social welfare policies and to understand their application to social service delivery and social work practice.  The course provides a foundational understanding of the major social welfare policies and programs in the United States, while also examining the history of social welfare and its impact on the profession of social work. Analytical frameworks with regard to social welfare policies and services are identified, and strengths and weaknesses of current government interventions are assessed. Emphasis is on social welfare policies and programs designed to alleviate poverty and promote social and economic justice. Attention is also placed on ways in which social workers can advocate for needed policy change.

Prerequisite(s): SW 100  or permission of instructor

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