Jun 18, 2024  
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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SW 403 - Social Welfare and Policy and Services II

Assumes a basic knowledge acquired from Social Welfare Policies and Services I of the prevailing values, beliefs, and norms that have shaped the history of social welfare in the United States.  Students critically analyze contemporary social welfare policy framework that emphasizes dimensions of choice and diversity in the functional areas of social allocations, social provisions, delivery system structure, program financing and program planning,  Emphasizes the impact of values and professional ethics on policy analysis and program development and the impact of social welfare policy decisions upon oppressed groups including their implications for human rights and social and economic justice,  Discusses increasing awareness and appreciation of the issues and problems associated with institutional discrimination and the advancement of policy strategies to overcome social exclusion.  Analysis and evaluation of policy are essential parts of the policy formation process.  Prepares students using a strengths based approach to effectively utilize social policy formulation and analysis as a generalist social work practitioner to achieve socially just policies for families in a global context.

Prerequisites & Notes
Pre-Requisite:  SW 402

Assignment Overview
Assignment Overview: 4 Units

Assignments 4 mini papers leading to final paper

Interactivity: High

Final Assessment: paper

Course Learning Objectives
Course Objectives:

  • Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and oral, written, and electronic communication
  • Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes
  • Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels
  • Present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences
  • Apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels
  • Engage in practices that advance social economic, and environmental justice
  • Use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research
  • Apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative methods and research findings
  • Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery
  • Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services
  • Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services
  • Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance   human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies
  • Critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies
  • Select and use appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes

Credits: 3 credits

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