UT SW 323K - Syllabus (14 pages)

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School:
University of Texas at Austin
Course:
Sw 323k - Social Welfare Programs, Policies, and Issues
Social Welfare Programs, Policies, and Issues Documents

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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK Course Number SW323K Instructor David L Evans MA Unique Number 66005 Room Number SSW 2 122 Semester Fall 2007 Phone 589 0506 or 440 4031 Urgent MSG Meeting Time M W 11 00 12 30 p m Office Hours Wed 10 00 11 00 a m By Appointment Social Welfare Programs Policies and Issues I Course Description This course is in the social policy curriculum area required for undergraduate program majors This course is designed to provide students with the concepts to form the ability to analyze contemporary social welfare policy issues and programs and to understand the relationship between social policy and social work practice The course focuses on historical economic political and other social conditions that influenced the policy developed over time in the United States Specific policy areas discussed are those in which social workers play major roles income maintenance with a focus on social insurance and public assistance health mental health child welfare and aging Policy issues and programs are addressed as they affect major groups as well as populations at risk e g people of color people with disabilities women gay men and women with a particular emphasis on social and economic justice Also policies effecting quality of life for aging Americans will be examined Students will learn to use policy analysis tools in order to understand how policy influences practice and planning decisions and how social workers can influence social welfare policy Pre requisites for this course include Government 310L and 312L or their equivalents an introductory economics course and SW 310 the first course in the policy sequence Specific contact points in Texas State Government and the U S Federal Government will be discussed and these will serve as a resource for the class and possible future employment 1 II Course Objectives By the end of this course the student should be able to 1 Articulate why our understanding of social policy is



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