ScWk_204_ACD_Spring10_Section 2

ScWk_204_ACD_Spring10_Section 2 - 1SAN JOSE STATE...

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1SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK ScWk 204: SOCIAL POLICY ANALYSIS Section 2: Course Code #24570 Semester: Spring 2010 Instructor: Amy C. D’Andrade, MSW PhD Class Meeting Time: T 9:00AM -11:45AM (Section 2) Classroom Location: BBC 126 Office Location: WSQ 217 H Office Hours: T 8-9AM and by appt Phone Number: (408)924-5830 Email: adandrade@casa.sjsu.edu Catalog Description Frameworks for analyzing social policies using principles of social and economic justice. The role of policy in helping or deterring people in attaining well-being. Focus on diverse populations and populations-at-risk. (3 units. Prerequisite: ScWk 202) Course Description This course, which represents the second requirement in the social policy sequence and builds upon materials covered in ScWk 202 or equivalent, is for the purpose of developing an effective general framework for the analysis of social welfare policy. It also serves as a foundation to various substantive policy areas. It incorporates knowledge, values, and skills necessary for transcultural practice, and assists students to practice as change agents with and within social service systems at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Particular emphasis is placed on policy issues relating to women, people of color, lesbians and gays, and issues relating to diversity, populations at risk of poverty, oppression and discrimination, social and economic justice, and social work values and ethics. Social workers need to be competent in social policy analysis at three levels: 1. AS CONSUMERS: Social Workers, like all people, are consumers of social policies. Because social policy reflects such important aspects of social work practice and social well-being, it is particularly necessary that social workers understand how to accurately assess the impacts (both positive and negative) of proposed and actual social policies. 2. AS PARTICIPANTS: Because social policy is so critical to both the processes and the purposes of social work practice, it is essential that social workers possess the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to participate in the processes of formulating and developing social policies and services, implementing and managing those policies and evaluating the equity, effectiveness, and efficiency of social welfare policies and services. 3. AS PRACTITIONERS: Social policy has a direct impact on social work practice in a number of important ways including: a. Establishing the standards and criteria for professional practice in private and publicly funded agencies. b. Defining professional roles and responsibilities in practice, licensing, and certification. c. Providing the resources available to meet social work goals and values.
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Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this course of study, students will be able to: 1. Assess and understand the influence of the relevant political, economic, and cultural contexts of policy making. M3.2 (Policy) 2. Conduct competent policy analysis that incorporates both the social values and ethics of
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