2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Aug 07, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog

SOC 461 - Social Work Policy

Credits: Three (3)
The societal context which shapes the nature of social work practice and the well being of people is seen as the result of countless choices which constitute social policy. The study of social policy and its resultant social welfare system is therefore viewed as a study of the choices which a society makes in satisfying human needs, pursuing social justice, and attaining human goals.This course examines social policy within the context of its historical development and its current functions within contemporary society, and introduces students to the relationship between social policy and social work practice. The course examines the substance of policy choices, the values and beliefs that underlie these choices, the political processes through which the choices are made, and the potential roles of social workers in that process.
Note: Admission to SLU MSW Bridge Program is required prior to registration.

General Education Area: Social Science
Prerequisite: SOSC-242 and SOSC-341