Gatekeeping in BSW Programs

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Appendix 12
Syllabus Demonstrating Use of
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Social Welfare Policy and Services
This course provides a historical and analytical assessment of social welfare as an institution using a framework of problem/need definition, policy goals, program design, and service delivery. Students will focus on understanding policy formulation, analysis, and application for practice. Current policies and services will be studied in order for students to gain a critical understanding of social, cultural, economic, and political factors that influence the current social welfare system. In addition, the following topics will be addressed.
Evolution of social welfare in relation to other social institutions in the United States seeking to improve social functioning and alleviate suffering.
Functions of social work as a profession in programs of income security, family and children's services, criminal justice, mental health and developmental disabilities, aging, and other issues.
Impact of conflicting values, motivation, and stratification on social welfare will be studied.
Evaluation of the major programs and services comprising the American social welfare system.
Nature of social welfare policy and implications of policy application for the beginning practitioner.

This sample syllabus was submitted by Lynn Frantz Adkins of Bethany College in West Virginia.

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