SW 330 Social Welfare Policy & Programs
U1T 2010 DL
Myers, Rhonda G.
Adjunct Faculty Instructor
Bachelor of Science in Sociology/PsychologyMaster of Social Work
24-48 hr. response
June 7th to August 1st, 2010
Understanding Social Welfare: A Search for Social Justice. 8th edition. Ralph Dolgoff and Donald Feldstein. Allyn and Bacon, 2009.
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
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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:
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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.
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Weekly E-Journal Assignments (16 postings)
(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 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.
(16 x 5) 80
(16 x 5) 80
Journal Critique 1
Journal Critique 2
Core Assessment Paper
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.
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.
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
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
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
Journal Critique 1
Core Assessment Project “topic”
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
Journal Critique 2
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
Personal Social Services
Mental Health Services
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
Core Assessment Paper
Reading: Chapter 14 in Dolgoff & Feldstein text pp. 338-360
This week’s readings and discussions will examine “Social Trends Affecting Social Welfare”.
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
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
Globalization, Privatization, Socially Just Services, and the Future of
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