Social Welfare and Policy – SOWK 325

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course studies the historical and contemporary issues surrounding social welfare and policy in the U.S. Particular focus is placed on analyzing, formulating, and advocating for policies that advance social well-being.

Prerequisites

SOWK 101 and ENGL 102

Rationale

Social welfare and social policy impact individuals, families, and communities. Social workers interface with social welfare and policy on a regular basis. It is essential for social workers to understand the history and current structure of the policies and systems that impact society allowing them to advocate for justice and effectively collaborate with clients.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior (CSWE Competency 1)

  • Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context
  • Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and oral, written and electronic communication
  • Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes
  • Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior

B. Diversity (CSWE Competency 2)

  • Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels

C. Advance Human Rights and Social, Environmental and Economic Justice

    (CSWE Competency 3)

  • Apply their understanding of social, economic and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels
  • Engage in practices that advance social, economic and environmental justice

D. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-Informed Practice

     (CSWE Competency 4)

  • Apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research findings
  • Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery

E. Engage in Policy Practice (CSWE Competency 5)

  • Identify social policy at the local, state and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery and access to social services
  • Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services
  • Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations, including websites.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 350-450 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be150-250 words in length.

Discuss Board Forums assess Competency 1-Ethics/Prof. Behavior, Competency 2-Diversity, Competency 3-Justice, and Competency 5-Policy (Knowledge/Values/Cog & Affective Processes).

Article Review

The student must find a media article that reflects research applicable to a policy topic covered in the assigned module/week’s Reading & Study material and use this article as the basis of a 2-page review. In the review, the student must briefly summarize the purpose of the article, including the policy highlighted and implications for its implementation or lack thereof. The student will also discuss their opinion of this policy and why they are taking this position. The review must follow current APA format and include a title page and a reference page. The title page and reference page do not count towards the length requirement.

The article review assesses Competency 1-Ethics/Prof. Behavior (values, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge), Competency 3-Justice (values, knowledge, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 4-Research (knowlege), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).

Media PowerPoint Presentation and Peer Review

The student will be responsible to create a presentation based on a policy to class that was featured in a media source within the past 6 months. The student will present the information on the topic in a professional manner for 5 to 10 minutes, utilizing Narrated PowerPoint. Students will post their presentations in a discussion board forum so that a Peer Review of 2 presentations can occur.

The presentation assesses Competency 1-Ethics/Prof. Behavior (values, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge), Competency 3-Justice (values, knowledge, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 4-Research (knowlege), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).

Policy Analysis Research Paper

The student will write a 6-8 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on analyzing a current policy. The paper must include at least 3-4 reference(s) in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. This paper will be turned in through 3 stages, including the Topic/Sources, the Paper, and the Fact Sheet.

The paper assesses Competency 4-Research (knowlege), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module(s)/week(s) in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice, true/false, etc. questions, and have a 30 minute time limit.

Quizzes assess Competency 1-Ethics/Prof. Behavior, Competency 2-Diversity, Competency 3-Justice, and Competency 5-Policy,(Knowledge/Cog & Affective Processes).