Jun 03, 2023  
2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SOWK 340 - Social Welfare History and Systems


Two courses focusing on historical, economic, political, and philosophical foundations of American social welfare policy. In the first semester the origins of social welfare and the history of social welfare and social work in the United States are presented. Concepts important to understanding social welfare policy and delivering services to clients of various backgrounds and differing life experiences are studied, including that of social justice in the light of our Judeo Christian heritage. The impact of discrimination in American history is assessed, with a consideration of how societal inequities might be remedied. In SOWK 341  students engage in social policy analysis, in the study of social welfare systems and services, and formulate social policy recommendations in the form of written legislative testimony. Social welfare services are studied, with application to specific case situations. Students are introduced to an overview of the legal system, and to the legislation and regulations pertinent to social work generalist practice. Prerequisite(s): Formal admission to the program.