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SW 330 Social Welfare Policy & Programs
Myers, Rhonda G.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

SW 330 Social Welfare Policy & Programs

Semester

U1T 2010 DL

Faculty

Myers, Rhonda G.

Title

Adjunct Faculty Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Psychology
Master of Social Work

Office Location

Virtual Office

Office Hours

24-48 hr. response

Daytime Phone

512-284-1444

E-Mail

rhonda.myers@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 7th to August 1st, 2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:


Understanding Social Welfare: A Search for Social Justice. 8th edition. Ralph Dolgoff and Donald Feldstein. Allyn and Bacon, 2009.

ISBN#13: 978-0-205-67273-8

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 for each class.

 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

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Course Description:
SS330 Social Welfare Policy and Programs: 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:


I believe that knowledge opens our mind to ever widening horizons with each course that we take.  New knowledge gained and lively discussions with each other raises us from limited perspectives to greater understandings and perceptions of life.  Together we can make this class enjoyable and fun, while facilitating learning.  Feel free to contact me for any difficulties that may arise. 

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:

Email

The first week of class you will make sure you can use PirateMail to send and reply to emails between you and me.

Weekly Reading/Lecture

Materials for the final exam will come from discussion, readings, and lecture. 

Student Introduction  (1 posting)

Post a Student Introduction using the Virtual Cafe link on the Course Home menu so all of us can become more familiar with each other. (Required to develop competency with classroom structure.)

Weekly Discussions  (16 postings)

Two postings are expected every week, and the postings must include:

(1) main response (responding to a posted question)

(2) a peer review (responding to another student’s answer to a question).

Participation is demonstrated through discussion. Grading will be based on clarity and completeness of thought, ideas supported by facts, logical arguments or research. You must mention your readings in your posts and cite the work.  Comments should be substantial and relevant to the topic, and contribute to further thought or reflection. The instructor will provide responses individually and/or to the class as a whole.

For additional information on online participation and netiquette, please visit:

http://parkonline.org/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=2437962&CPURL=parkonline.org&Survey=1&47=3023596&ClientNodeID=403003&coursenav=0&bhcp=1

Weekly E-Journal Assignments  (16 postings)

Two postings are expected every week. The postings must include:

(1) a weekly "e-journal" entry in which you identify instances where you have observed or experienced some manner of prejudice or discrimination through formal or informal public policy or social welfare as it relates to an individual or group of people. Describe the behavior or circumstance and make note of your personal thoughts and/or reactions.

(2) an entry in which you respond to a peer’s "e-journal" entry.

Reflection Paper  (1 paper)

I will give you a series of questions to guide your written reflection on the nature of social welfare in the United States.

Social Welfare Policy Journal Critiques  (2 papers)

You will find two recent (2007 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.

Core Assessment Paper: Developing Your Own "Policy Analysis / Program Proposal"

The Core Assessment assignment for this class will be a major essay that integrates, analyzes, applies, and critiques a single social welfare policy and/or program.  Based on your policy/program analysis, you will then propose either an innovative new or revised policy or program.

Proctored Final Exam   (1 exam)

The exam will be a comprehensive, proctored exam.  It will consist of multiple choice questions, true/false questions, and essay questions.

The exam will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the ParkUniversity sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the exam. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.

Other Information on proctored exams:

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, which is accepted and approved by the course instructor.

Approval of proctors is the discretion of the online instructor.

A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 

Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade.
 

Grading:

 
The final course grade will be based on discussions, quizzes, writing assignments, the core assessment, and the final exam as follows:
 
 

Student Introduction                      

                       15

Discussions 

          (16 x 5)   80                          

“E-journals”  

          (16 x 5)   80

Journal Critique 1

75

Reflection Paper

75

Journal Critique 2

75

Core Assessment Paper 

300

Final Exam

300

Total Points 

1000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 








Grading Scale:

90% & higher = A   1000-900

80-89% = B               899-800

70-79% = C               799-700

60-69% = D               699-600

59% & lower = F           599-0

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

All assignments will be due on the dates listed in your e-college weekly course schedule. You are expected to organize and manage your time so that you are able to meet the expectations of this class. No assignment will be accepted after the due date unless there are extenuating circumstances that you have discussed with the instructor. It is the STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY to contact the instructor to discuss the situation and seek approval for submission of late work.  If the instructor agrees to accept the late work, up to 1/2 of the grade will be deducted.  Assignments not submitted on the due date or without approval from the instructor, will receive a grade of "zero."

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This class is one that the subject matter can be sensitive at times.  It is important that student's respect the opinions of others and that the online class environment is a safe place for open discussion. It is only through safe expression of thoughts and ideas that learning occurs.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments
Please print a copy of the Course Schedule as soon as you log into the course as this will give you the schedule for the class. 

Week One: 

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

This week’s readings and discussions will cover concepts of “Socioeconomic Structure, Human Needs, and Mutual Responsibility”.

Impact of Social & Economic Structures
Defining Social Welfare and Social Work
The American Myth of the Hero
Balancing Individual & Societal Responsibilities
Human Rights and Social Justice

Assignments Due: 
Student Introduction
Discussion Questions
E-Journal
Email

Week Two:

Readings: Chapter 2, 3 and 4 in Dolgoff & Feldstein text, pp. 19-86

This week’s readings and discussions will cover historical and modern constructs of “Social Values and Social Welfare”.

The History of Social Welfare Across Cultures and in the U.S.
Modern views of Humanity
Social Welfare from Ancient Cultures through the American Experience
Holy Poverty and Expectations of the Wealthy
Altruism and Mutual Aide
Principles of the Poor Laws
Rugged Individualism and/or Cooperation
Social Darwinism

Assignments Due: 
Reflection Paper
Discussion Questions
E-Journal

Week Three:

Reading: Chapter 5 & 6 in Dolgoff & Feldstein text pp. 87-132

This week’s readings and discussions will cover concepts of “Social Welfare and America and Poverty: Two Paths to the American Experience”.

Three Discoveries of Poverty
War on Poverty
Families, Children and Poverty
Human Nature and the American Dream
Social Policy, Social Services and Social Work
The Federal and Pluralistic system
Globalization and Social Justice

Assignments Due: 

Journal Critique 1
Core Assessment Project “topic”
Discussion Questions
E-Journal


Week Four

Reading: Chapter 7 & 8 in Dolgoff & Feldstein text pp. 133-193

This week’s readings and discussions will cover the concept of “Poverty and Social Welfare Programs within the Context of Social Justice.”  We will also examine “The Welfare Society and it’s Clients”.

Structural Components of Social Welfare Programming
Alternative Program Characteristics
Testing for Social Justice
What is Poverty?
A Description of the Poor
Strategies for Fighting Poverty
Social Utilities / Social Allocations
Universal vs. Selective
Lack of Power, Access, and Inclusion

Assignments Due: 
Journal Critique 2
Discussion Questions
E-Journal

Week Five:

Reading: Chapter 9 & 10 in Dolgoff & Feldstein text pp. 193-275

This week’s readings and discussions will cover a paradigm shift within Social Welfare and “Social Welfare Programs: Sustaining the Quality of Life”.

Social Insurance Programs
Income Support Programs
Socioeconomic Asset Development
Managed Care: A Radical Change
Housing
Personal Social Services
Mental Health Services
Corrections

Assignments Due: 
Discussion Questions
E-Journal

Week Six:

Reading: Chapter 13 in Dolgoff & Feldstein text pp. 320-337

This week’s readings and discussions will cover the concept of Empowerment through Social Change. 

Social Work: Functions, Context, and Issues 
The Purposes of Social Work
Society, The Functions of Social Work and Services for People
Issues Confronting the Profession

Assignments Due: 
Core Assessment Paper
Discussion Questions
E-Journal

Week Seven:

Reading: Chapter 14 in Dolgoff & Feldstein text pp. 338-360

This week’s readings and discussions will examine “Social Trends Affecting Social Welfare”. 

National Society
The International Economy
A Human/Nature Crisis and Worldwide Emergency
Ethnicity and Pluralism
The
United States: A Changing Population, A Selected Social Welfare Agenda, 
And Social Justice

Assignments Due: 
Discussion Questions
E-Journal

Week Eight:

Reading: Chapter 15 in Dolgoff & Feldstein text pp. 361-389

This week’s readings and discussions will focus on several topics in relation to social justice.

Toward the General Welfare and Social Justice
Healthy Children
Health Disparities
Globalization, Privatization, Socially Just Services, and the Future of 
Social Welfare

Assignments Due: 
Final Exam   
Discussion Questions
E-Journal
 

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
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

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
•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 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
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. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Contains no errors in the following paper format items:

-MLA
-Length
-Page numbers
-Works cited
-Internal documentation


 
Contains only 1 error in the following paper format items:

-MLA
-Length
-Page numbers
-Works cited
-Internal documentation


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

-MLA
-Length
-Page numbers
-Works cited
-Internal documentation


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

-MLA
-Length
-Page numbers
-Works cited
-Internal documentation


 
Relationship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
Contemporary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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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