HDFS 4473_syllabus - HDFS 4473 Policy Law Advocacy Fall...

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1 HDFS 4473: Policy, Law & Advocacy Fall 2011 COURSE TIMES: Monday, 6:45pm 9:30pm in HES 236 INSTRUCTOR: Mumbe Kithakye, MPH, PhD (405)744-5057, HDFS main office [email protected] (the BEST way to reach me) OFFICE HOURS: Monday 12:00pm 3:00pm 239 HES or by appointment COURSE MATERIALS: Required American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association . (6 th Edition). Washington, D. C.: Author. Rhodes-Courter, A. (2008). Three Little Words: A Memoir . New York: Simon & Schuster Publishing. All other materials or readings posted in D2L ( Desire2Learn )at http://oc.okstate.edu/ or provided by the instructor. Optional Bogenschneider, K. (2006). Family policy matters: How policymaking affects families and what professionals can do, second edition (pp. 29-38, 115-140, 177-226). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Dye, T. R. (2005). Understanding Public Policy, 11 edition (pp.11-30). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Karger, H.J. & Stoesz, D. (2002). American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, fourth edition (pp.28-38). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. PREREQUISITE(S): HDFS 3453: Management of Human Service Programs and HDFS 3513: Intro to Research Methods . Please see instructor before the start of the second class, if you have not taken the prerequisites or have any questions or concerns about them. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the local, state, and federal legislations, regulations, social policies, and advocacy that affect children and families, with an emphasis on domestic relations, child welfare, health, social services and employment. COURSE GOALS: The goals of this course are 1. To increase knowledge of law, policy and advocacy as it relates to families and their members. 2. To foster the ability to consider laws and policies and their impact on families from multiple perspectives.
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2 COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students in enrolled in this course will 1. Gain an understanding of the roles family and child professionals can play in influencing policies and laws affecting families. 2. Gain an understanding of the legal processes of state and federal statutory development and enactment; 3. Gain and demonstrate an understanding of current state and federal laws affecting families and their members; 4. Gain an understanding of regulatory policy affecting families and their members; 5. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking through individual and collaborative learning exercises and activities; 6. Demonstrate knowledge of current laws and policies through class discussions, activities, exercises, and examinations. COURSE GRADES: Students are expected to actively participate in the learning process, by being prepared for class, active in class discussions and completing all exams and assignments. Contact the instructor during the first week of the semester if you foresee any difficulties in accomplishing class requirements. Scores on all assignments and exams will be placed in D2L. It is your responsibility to keep track of your grades. All
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