This course provides an overview of the history of social welfare policy and social work, with an emphasis upon major policy initiatives, such as Income Security, and their impact upon systems (e.g., individuals, families, organizations). This course will also describe the role of the social work profession in shaping social work policy, and how policy initiatives inform practice. Finally, this course will provide a historical account of how social service programs have impacted vulnerable and marginalized populations, and current major political initiatives will be reviewed. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Understand what social welfare policy is and how social problems are conceptualized.
- Recognize how social policy may oppress, marginalize, and enhance privilege.
- Understand the origins of social policy and current events.
- Analyze and advocate for policies that advance social wellbeing.
- Critically evaluate policies and advocate policies that advance social wellbeing.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) / Competencies
- Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
- Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
- Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
- Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
- Engage in Policy Practice
- Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
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Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7)
Blogs (1, 2, 4, 5, & 7)
PowerPoint Presentations (Weeks 1 & 7)
Quizzes (Weeks 2, 4, & 6)
Essays (Weeks 2, 6, & 8)
Group Project (Week 6)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Axinn, J. & Stern, M.J. (2018). Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need, 9th Edition. Pearson Higher Ed. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-444991-3 or ISBN-10: 0-13-444991-6
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Social Welfare’s Past
Topic: The Colonial Period: 1647-1776
Topic: The Pre-Civil War Period: 1777-1860
Topic: The Civil War and After: 1860-1900
Topic: Progress and Reform: 1900-1930
Topic: Conservative Resurgence and Social Change: 1968-1992
Topic: Social Welfare and the Information Society: 1992-2016
Topic: Reflections and Current Trends in Social Work
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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