SW330 Social Welfare Policy & Programs

for S1J 2010

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SW 330 Social Welfare Policy & Programs


S1J 2010 PV


Tamara Tucker


Adjunct Faculty



Office Hours

Will arrange a mutually convenient time and place to meet.

Other Phone




Semester Dates

January 11, 2010 - March 07, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 PM - 9:50 PM  in MA222

Credit Hours


Understanding Social Welfare: A Search for Social Justice (8th ed.). Ralph Dolgoff and Donald Feldstein. Allyn and Bacon: Boston. 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

You will also be expected to read journal articles from Social Welfare Policy related journals and to conduct research on the internet relative to assigned social welfare topics. 

In addition, there are several social welfare web links located in each weekly lecture section on the course e-companion site.  These links will be helpful and informative, offering additional resources for your core paper assignment and other class topic materials.


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Course Description:
 SW 330  Social Welfare Policy and Programs, 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. Students will be expected to apply classroom learning by analyzing a current social welfare policy and program and to develop and present an innovative program, which they design.

Educational 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:

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

Class Engagement/Participation (100 pts)

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:

  • Actively listening to the instructor and classmates
  • Answering questions posed by the instructor that relate directly to the assigned reading
  • Asking questions and sharing your thoughts, feelings, and potential implications related to material being presented by instructor or as generated through your reading
  • Participating genuinely and enthusiastically in classroom activities and exercises

Reflection Paper (100 pts) – DUE January 19th
I will provide you with questions to guide your reflection related to issues of Social Welfare Policy and Programs.

Journal Critiques (200 pts)– 1st JC DUE January 26th & 2nd JC DUE February 9th
You will find two recent (2008 to present) articles from Social Work/Social Welfare journals that are related to your area of interest and write a summary/critique of each. I will give you guidelines to organize your writing.

Exam (250 pts) – February 16th  
The exam will be given in class.  This exam will cover the key concepts reviewed in chapters 1-10. It will be closed book and closed notes. I will provide you with a study guide for this exam.  The format will be multiple choice, true false and brief essay.

Policy Analysis/Program Proposal Project (350 pts) – DUE March 2nd

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 paper and facilitate a brief  (1/2 hour) 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 both receive the same grade for your written analysis/proposal paper and presentation.


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.

      Assignments/participation                           Possible Points             

Class Participation


Reflection Paper


Journal Critique  (2 at 100 pts each)




Policy Analysis Program Proposal Project

            Paper is 250 pts

           Presentation is 100 pts



A = 1000-900    B = 899-800    C= 799-700    D = 699-600   F= below 600

Late Submission of Course Materials:

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 not 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.

The course exam will only be given on the date specified.  A make-up exam will only be scheduled at the instructor's prerogative under extreme circumstances.  Students or an agent of the student must notify the instructor prior to the exam and must be prepared to submit documentation of the circumstances.

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. Please turn off your cell phones during class.

Students need to arrive on time. Students will not hold private conversations when a colleague is speaking. Private conversations include those with others within class, on cell phones and any other form of wireless media.  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:


Please note that you can find the following information with additional details on the course e-companion site.  Each week's listings provide the class weekly objectives, class topics and assignments due.  There are also supplementary resources including web links and lecture material related to each week’s topics located under the weekly lecture tab.


WEEK 1 - January 12


Socioeconomic Structure, Human Needs, and Mutual Responsibility

 (Chapter 1 in TEXT pp. 1-18: Reading prior to 1st class)

WEEK 2 - January 19

                                           Social Values and Social Welfare
                     The History of Social Welfare Across Cultures and in the U.S.

                                     (CHAPTERS 2, 3 and 4 in TEXT, pp. 19-86)

DUE: Reflection Paper - to be posted on e-companion before beginning of class

WEEK 3 - January 26

Poverty: Causes and Consequences
      (CHAPTERS 5 and 6 in TEXT, pp. 87-132) 

DUE: Journal Critique 1 - to be posted on e-companion before beginning of class


WEEK 4 - February 2

Social Policy Analysis and Programs to Combat Poverty
                      (CHAPTERS 7 and 8 in TEXT, pp. 133-193)


WEEK 5 - February 9

       A Paradigm Shift?
(CHAPTERS 9 &10 in TEXT, pp. 193-275)

DUE: Journal Critique 2 - to be posted on e-companion before beginning of class


WEEK 6 - February 16

Individuals Empowered for Social Change



WEEK 7 - February 23

Social Trends Affecting Social Welfare

(Chapter 14 in TEXT, pp. 338-360)

PAPP presentations

WEEK 8 - March 2

Social Justice within Social Welfare Policy & Programs

(Chapter 15 in TEXT, pp. 361-389)


PAPP presentations

DUE: PAPP Paper - to be posted on e-companion before beginning of class


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
“…the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work-sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  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 "F".
  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.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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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