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Issues In Social Welfare II: Inequality,Inequity And Social Justice (SWK-501)

Semester: Spring 2024
Number: 0404-501-001
Instructor: Carol Lucas
Days: Tuesday 9:50 am - 11:50 am
Note: Traditional In-Person Class
Location: Garden City - Social Work Building 306
Credits: 3
Course Materials: View Text Books
Related Syllabi: Sharon Goldberg for Summer 2010*

*Attention Students: Please note that the syllabi available for your view on these pages are for example only. The instructors and requirements for each course are subject to change each semester. If you enroll in a particular course, your instructor and course outline may differ from what is presented here.


This course develops students' ability to analyze, design, and enact social policies based on an understanding of the factors that contribute to the existence of contemporary social problems, especially economic and social inequality and the oppression of specific population groups. The course focuses on: frameworks for social policy analysis and development; conceptualizing, defining and developing solutions to social problems; economic and social inequality as a fact of contemporary society; the unequal treatment of specific population groups; major political perspectives on the role of government in redressing inequality; the role of social movements in defining and reducing social problems; and how social workers can contribute to the achievement of social justice in the United States.

Learning Goals:   1. Become familiar with means of measuring and conceptualizing social problems;2. Develop sophistication in recognizing the political factors that shape public understanding and definitions of social problems;3. Acquire a beginning ability to evaluate, analyze, and design social policies in a systematic fashion4. Learn how different political perspectives view the role of government and the scope of social policy5. Develop strategies for social action and change to address existing social problems6. Learn how social workers can contribute to the reduction of inequality and the improvement of social conditions and social policies.2.1.1—Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.A. advocate for client access to the services of social workC. attend to professional roles and boundaries2.1.2—Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.B. make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of PrinciplesD. apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions2.1.3—Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professionaljudgments.A. distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdomC. demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families,groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues2.1.4—Engage diversity and difference in practice.A. recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power2.1.5—Advance human rights and social and economic justice.B. advocate for human rights and social and economic justiceC. engage in practices that advance social and economic justice2.1.8—Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.A. analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-beingB. collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action2.1.9—Respond to contexts that shape practice.B. provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services

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