1SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
ScWk 204: SOCIAL POLICY ANALYSIS
Section 2: Course Code #24570
Amy C. D’Andrade, MSW PhD
Class Meeting Time:
T 9:00AM -11:45AM (Section 2)
WSQ 217 H
T 8-9AM and by appt
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)
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:
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.
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
Social policy has a direct impact on social work practice in a
number of important ways including:
Establishing the standards and criteria for professional practice in private and
publicly funded agencies.
Defining professional roles and responsibilities in practice, licensing, and
Providing the resources available to meet social work goals and values.