SW330 Social Welfare Policy & Programs

for F1J 2006

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SW 330 Social Welfare Policy and Programs


F1J 2006 DN


Kisthardt, Walter E.


Associate Professor/Chair


Ph.D. Social Work
B.A. Sociology/Social Work

Office Location

225 A Underground

Office Hours

Thursday 1-5 and by appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Aug. 22 - Oct. 10

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours



Understanding Social Welfare: A Search for Social Justice (7th ed.). Ralph Dolgoff and Donald Feldstein. Allyn and Bacon: Boston.   


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Course Description:
This course introduces students to the major social welfare policies and programs of the United States today, and it examines the historical circumstances which gave rise to those social welfare programs and the social work profession. Existing policies are critically examined, and attention is given to methods by which social policies might be influenced to better meet human needs and promote social justice. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Teaching Philosophy: At all times I will strive to model the values and skills that are at the heart of the profession of social work. Just as in the helping process, teaching should be a collaborative, mutually enriching experience. I believe that learning is best achieved in an environment that is respectful, safe, affirming, challenging, and highly interactive.

I understand that every person has wisdom in their lived experience and a unique world view and perspective. I recognize that each of us learns in different ways and I will strive to present concepts in a manner that promotes your learning. If you are having difficulty with any aspect of the class I hope that you will make this known to me. I truly want this class to be enjoyable as well as educational. 


Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the historical foundation and evolution of current social welfare policies and programs.
  2. Identify the divergent values and philosophies that influence contrasting viewpoints on social welfare policies.
  3. Identify ways in which social policies impact social work practice and the ability to respond to needs.
  4. Identify strengths and limitations of current policies in the context of social and economic justice and responsiveness to populations-at-risk.
  5. Convey a basic understanding of the political and administrative processes of policy formation and methods by which policies may be influenced.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to engage in research related in a particular domain of social policy and critically examine the strengths and limitations of policies.

Core Assessment:

·  Exams

·  Historical Analysis (LO 1-3,5)

·  Influencing Policy (LO 3-6)

·  Testimony (LO 2-6)

·  Core Assessement: Policy in Practice (LO 3-6)

·  Policy Analysis Term Paper (LO 1-6)

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Course Assessment: Your learning in this course will be assessed via the following assignments:


1. Exam: This exam will be given in class on September  19. This test will cover the key

    concepts reviewed in the first half of the course in chapters 1-8. It will be

    closed book, closed notes. I will provide you with a study guide for this test.

    The format will be multiple choice, true false, and brief essay. (CO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).


2. Reflection Paper:  I will provide you with questions to guide your reflection

    related to issues of Social Policy and Programs. . (CO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).


4. Developing Your Own Policy Analysis/Program Proposal: You may work

    autonomously or with one class colleague to develop and present your own   

    social policy analysis and proposal. You are expected to apply the concepts covered

    throughout the course. You will submit a written analysis/proposal and do a brief (1/2

    hr. presentation in class). I will give you more detailed guidelines for this assignment

    in class. If you choose to work as a team you will receive the same grade for your

    written analysis/proposal and presentation.


5. Class Engagement/Participation: You are expected to fully engaged in all aspects of

    our classroom learning experience. I will use the following criteria to assess and

    allocate points in this area: 1) actively listening to the instructor and classmates, 2)

    answering questions posed by the instructor that relate directly to the assigned reading,

    3) asking questions and sharing your thoughts, feelings, and potential implications

    related to material being presented by instructor or as generated through your reading,

    4) participating genuinely and enthusiastically in classroom activities and exercises.

   (CO 2, 3, 4).  






Grading: It is very important to me that you understand the criteria for grading and that you perceive this process as fair and reasonable. As you have probably heard many times before, as a professor I do not “give”grades...students earn grades through their performance.    


           Assignment                                             Points


               Exam                                                     35


               Reflection Paper                                    15


               Policy Analysis/Proposal paper &          40



               Class Participation                                 10          


A = 90-100    B = 80-89    C= 70-79    D = 60 – 69   Below 60 = F     



Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Submission of Coursework: Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date indicated on the course schedule. In the event of absence you may submit the assignment electronically. The student remains responsible for lost, misdirected or incompatible formatting of electronic submissions. In extenuating circumstances (as determined by the instructor) and with timely notification an exception may or may nor be granted. Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score per day. Please be aware that there is no “extra credit” work in this course.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct: In order to maintain a positive learning environment the following ground rules will be the norm for our interactions. Personal perspectives will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable. Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions which foster critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. If you work in groups, it is the responsibility of the group members to delegate work. All members of the group must present on the project and all will receive the same grade. Because of the sensitivity of the subject matter relevant for consideration in social work respect, sensitivity, and confidentiality must be maintained. Students need to arrive on time. Students will not hold private conversations when a colleague is speaking. If a student's behavior is considered to be disruptive, the instructor will give that person the opportunity to modify the behavior without point penalty. If the student's behavior continues to be disruptive they will lose all class participation points and be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Tuesday: Aug. 22…Introductions, Review of syllabus and expectations for course.

                               Questions for Discussion: What is Social Welfare Policy?

                                How is Social Welfare Policy in the United States similar to and

                                different from social welfare policy in other countries?

                                The Politics of Resource Allocation


                                ASSIGNMENT WILL BE PRESENTED.

                                Reading: Chapter 1 in Dolgoff text pp. 1-18

                                Group exercise: What does your group see as the three main

                                causes of poverty in the United States?

                                Discussion of small group exercise and implications for social

                                welfare policy.

                                FOR NEXT WEEK READ CHAPTERS 2-3-AND 4 IN TEXT,

                                PP. 19-86






Tuesday: Aug. 29…The History of Social Welfare Across Cultures and in the U.S.

                                 Questions for Discussion: When reviewing the history of social

                                 Welfare in the United States what patterns seems to emerge?

                                  How have social welfare policies and programs enhanced the

                                  quality of life for people in this country? How well have these

                                  policies worked?

                               Questions to for first reflection paper due next Tuesday.

                               What do you think generally about policies and programs that attempt

                                to provide a “safety net” for people?

                               What do you think should be the Federal Government's role in

                               assuring employment, health care, housing etc. for all citizens?

                               What personal experiences have served to mold and shape your

                               beliefs about social welfare at this time in your life?

                               (please limit this paper to no more than 5 double spaced typed pages). 

                               FOR NEXT WEEK READ CHAPTERS 5 AND 6 IN TEXT

                               PP. 87-130


Tuesday, Sept. 5…Poverty: Causes and Consequences.

                               First Reflection Paper Due this date

                               Share responses to reflection paper.

                               Many ways of attempting to understand the causes of poverty and

                               the social forces which sustain it.

                               FOR NEXT WEEK READ CHAPTERS 7 & 8 PP. 131-191.


Tuesday, Sept. 12   Social Policy Analysis and Programs to Combat Poverty. 

                               Questions to guide discussion: What is the difference between a

                               “Universal” and a “Selective” program?

                               What are the Bases for Social Allocations?

                               Small group sharing regarding policy analysis/proposal project.

                               FOR NEXT WEEK READ CHAPTERS 9 &10 PP. 193-274.


Tuesday, Sept. 19…A Paradigm Shift? Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

                                (TANF)  How did the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity

                                Reconciliation Act of 1996 signal a shift in the approach to needy


                                A review of my experience working with the FUTURES program in

                                Missouri in the mid-90's.

                                In cash and in-kind welfare benefits.                            

                                TEST ON CHAPTERS 1-8


Tuesday Sept. 26/3/10…In-class presentations of Policy Analysis/Proposals

                                Final paper is due on October 10, the last day of class.



Academic Honesty:
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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
•Identifies 5+ appropriate issues.
•Identifies policy related to each issue.
•Identifies agencies / services related to identified issues.
•Identifies 4 appropriate issues. CO1
•Identifies policy related to each issue. CO3 &4
•Identifies agencies / services related to identified issues. CO3
Identifies 3 or fewer appropriate issues Fails to identify appropriate issues 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
•Appropriately identifies and analyzes difficulties & challenges related to accessing /acquiring all identified services.
•Examines issues from contrary or opposing perspectives.
•Develops a plan for intervention based upon above noted items.
•Appropriately identifies and analyzes difficulties & challenges related to accessing /acquiring all identified services. CO2,4,&5
•Develops an appropriate plan for intervention based upon above noted items. CO 3&4

•Identifies difficulties related to some but not all of the identified issues.
•Plan is not realistic relative to local agencies, cost, services, access, policy or legislation.
Fails to identify or analyzes any difficulties & challenges related the identified issues. 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
•Develops a plan or identifies barriers to access services related to all items.
•Identifies multiple possible negative outcomes related to the plan.
•Develops a plan or identifies barriers to access services related to all items. CO 6
•Identifies a possible negative outcome related to the plan. CO6
•Acknowledges barriers to access services related to all items.
•Does not identify potential negative outcomes related to the plan.
No acknowledgement of barriers or potential negative outcomes. 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
No factual errors No more than 2 factual errors relative to policy and programs. 3 to 4 factual errors 5 or more factual errors 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Plan appropriately links problem to policy to intervention and on to assessment with all identified issues. Plan appropriately links problem to policy to intervention and on to assessment with all four identified issues. Plan establishes some links between problem, policy, intervention and assessment, but not between all, and not with all identified issues. Does not link problem to policy to intervention or assessment. Full components are absent. 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Identifies two or more potential barriers or negative outcomes.

Identifies an alternative intervention to counter any barriers or negative outcomes.
Clearly describes one or two potential barriers or negative out comes to the plan. Does not identify barriers to success or potential negative outcomes related to the proposed intervention. Does not identify barriers to success or potential negative outcomes related to the proposed intervention. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
No errors in writing conventions 1to 5 errors in spelling or grammar 6 to 10 errors in spelling or grammar Errors in spelling or grammar are sufficient to compromise success of the proposed intervention.  10+ grammatical or spelling errors. 
Contains no errors in the following paper format items:

-Page numbers
-Works cited
-Internal documentation

Contains only 1 error in the following paper format items:

-Page numbers
-Works cited
-Internal documentation

Contains 2 to 3 errors in the following paper format items:

-Page numbers
-Works cited
-Internal documentation

Contains 4 or more errors in the following paper format items:

-Page numbers
-Works cited
-Internal documentation

Exhibits an awareness and concern for significant social issues and threats. Proposes actions to address such issues beyond the immediate circumstances. (Micro ¯o) Exhibits an awareness and concern for significant social issues or threats. (Micro) Does not demonstrate a consistent awareness or concern for significant issues or threats. Does not demonstrate any awareness or concern for significant issues or threats. 


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