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2018-2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018-2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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SW 402 - Social Welfare and Policy and Services I

Examines the values and norms that underlie social welfare services; the historical roots of current approaches to social services; the overt and covert functions of social welfare; and the political, social, cultural and economic forces that shape social welfare policy and services in the United States.  Considers the parallel historical development of the profession of social work, including ways in which it responded to the demands of social problems across key periods of social welfare policy transformation.  Develops an understanding of poverty in the US by reviewing the myths and facts related to this severe social issue.

Prerequisites & Notes
Pre-Requisite:  SW 101

Assignment Overview
Assignment Overview: 4 Units

Assignments: Discussion, exam, 2 small paper

Interactivity None

Final Assessment:  Final paper

Course Learning Objectives
Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and oral, written, and electronic communication
  • Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels
  • 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
  • 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
  • Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies
  • Use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes
  • Negotiate, mediate, and advocate with and on behalf of clients and constituencies
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention and program processes and outcomes
  • Apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels

Credits: 3 credits

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