Social Work

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Graduate Course Details
Number SWK 702
Title History of American Social Welfare Policy & Services
Credits 3.0


This course examines the historical, philosophical, social, economic, and political determinants of social welfare policies and institutions in the United States. The history of social welfare policy provides a context for understanding the role of social work in society. Students are introduced to the critical thinking essential for analyzing policy. Strong focus on the struggles of oppressed groups, on social reformers, and social movements as they've expanded social welfare provisions, social justice, and human rights.