SW 330 Social Welfare Policy & Programs
F1J 2007 DN
Adjunct Faculty Instructor
Will arrange a mutually convenient time and place to meet.
August 21 2007 to October 9, 2007
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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SW 330, Social Welfare Policy and Programs, introduces students to the process of social welfare policy formulation and analysis in the United States. Students will become aware of the many social, political, economic, cultural, and ideological forces which converge to give rise to social welfare policies and programs. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to become more fully engaged as a generalist social worker in influencing policy on the program, community, state, and global level. Current policies will be critically examined as they reflect a “problems/deficits” perspective and how they reflect the emerging “strengths” perspective in social work.
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.
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:
Your learning in this course will be assessed via the following assignments:
1. Exam: This exam will be given in class on September 18. 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.
2. Reflection Paper: I will provide you with questions to guide your reflection
related to issues of Social Policy and Programs.
3. 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
4. Class Engagement/Participation: You are expected to fully engage in all aspects of
our classroom learning experience. I will use the following criteria to assess and
allocate points in this area:
It is very important to me that you understand the criteria for grading and that you perceive this process as fair and reasonable. I do not “give”grades...students earn grades through their work and performance.
Reflection Paper 15
Policy Analysis/Proposal paper & Presentation 40
Class Participation 10
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Course Schedule/Assignments and Learning Activities:
Tuesday: Aug. 21
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, PP. 19-86
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, PP. 87-130
Tuesday, Sept. 4
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 IN TEXT, PP. 131-191
Tuesday, Sept. 11
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. 18
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 Kansas Welfare Reform & Missouri policy, program development, advocacy and community collaborative efforts, from mid-90’s to present.
In cash and in-kind welfare benefits.
TEST ON CHAPTERS 1-8
Tuesday Sept. 25, Oct. 2 & 9
In-class presentations of Policy Analysis/Proposals
Final paper is due on October 9, the last day of class.
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