SW 330 Social Welfare Policy and Programs
F1J 2006 DN
Kisthardt, Walter E.
Ph.D. Social Work MSWB.A. Sociology/Social Work
225 A Underground
Thursday 1-5 and by appointment
Aug. 22 - Oct. 10
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Understanding Social Welfare: A Search for Social Justice (7th ed.). Ralph Dolgoff and Donald Feldstein. Allyn and Bacon: Boston.
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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
· 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 RubricClass 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.
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.
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
FRAMEWORK FOR YOUR POLICY ANALYSIS/PROPOSAL
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
FOR NEXT WEEK READ CHAPTERS 2-3-AND 4 IN TEXT,
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
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
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.
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