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Intro to 2nd Half of the Class - PartC&D:Introduction...

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SW 206 Intro to Social Policy Part C & D: Introduction
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Today’s Agenda Review The mid-term course evaluations Discuss some tweaks we’ve made Adjusted the reading load: lighter.  Simplifying slides, lecture  themes (more focused, scaling back some  ambitions, avoiding tangential commentary) Some changes to discussion format: shifting quiz review to lectures; opening  more time/”space” for general discussion.  Recap & Remind:  Themes of the first half of course Reminder of how themes in last half of class build off the  “scaffolding” of the first half.  Reminder of the underlying objective of the course Preview  Theme of sections C and D of the course: characterizing and  critically analyzing individual components (programs and  policies) of the American Social Welfare State.
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Review of mid-term course  evaluations About 90 surveys overall:  Attendance good (among respondents) Reading coverage varies: about 20% less than 50% coverage General Impression:  about 20% positive; 55% a mix; 25% negative.  Main highlights (criticisms) Readings too many (about 60%) Readings too hard/long/dense (about 60%) TANGENTS IN LECTURE!!!! (about 75%)
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