SWO 220 - Social Welfare Policy

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare the beginning social work practitioner with an awareness of the range and complexity of problems addressed by the social welfare system. Students will gain knowledge of the historical development of social welfare programs, in the United States, and the evolution of these programs over time. Students will identify and examine their own attitudes and values toward social issues. Knowledge of the social work profession and its’ contributions to social policy development will be also examined within this framework. This course supports the introductory competencies of one of the four major-specific content areas of the TOAC-PA agreement for transfer and is a required course for the Associate of Arts in Social Work degree at Delaware County Community College.
Students who are planning to transfer to a 4 year institution and complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) are advised to plan early for transfer and meet with an advisor and transfer specialist.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the concept that the present social welfare system is a product of historical forces.
Develop an understanding of the history of social work as a profession and identify its values associated with social issues and related social policies.
Identify key existing social problems as they relate to vulnerable populations.
Demonstrate an awareness of how society has chosen to cope with and resolve a current social problem.
Identify, discuss and analyze key societal components an d systems that have supported the systematic devaluation and discrimination toward certain groups in our society.
Examine one’s own attitudes and values as they relate to social issues.
Articulate directives from the Social Work Code of Ethics which relate to social issues and social welfare policies.
Explain what is meant by the Statement, “policy directs practice”.
Explain how poverty is defined and measured in the U.S.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: SWO 101/HUS 101 and ENG 100