SOC 11: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2022|
|Hours:||5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area IV: Social & Behavioral Sciences|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will compare differences and similarities between sociology and social work.
- Students will be able to classify the field of social work into its component parts.
- Students will analyze the socio-historical development of American social welfare philosophy.
The student will be able to:
- Analyze and compare a range of sociological theories as they relate to social welfare and persistent social problems.
- Recognize a range of persistent social problems, from poverty to substance abuse.
- Examine the historical development of social welfare systems as responses to social problems.
- Sketch the development of field of social services as a profession.
- Illustrate contemporary social issues and problems and responses of social welfare systems.
- Compare methods of the discipline as based in core concepts, values and ethics (as rooted in human diversity and social justice).
- Analyze the foundations of government and other community social services.
- Evaluate the development of government laws and social policies as they relate to social welfare services and people's roles in shaping social policy.
- Compare Western and non-Western approaches to social welfare services.
- Synthesize current issues, controversies and conflicts affecting social services.
- Social services in historical perspective
- English and Elizabethan poor laws
- Colonial period
- Civil War period
- Progressive Era
- New Deal Era
- Great Society Era
- Welfare Reform Era
- Sociological theory, social problems and social services
- Sociological theoretical paradigms and the social roots of inequality
- Structural functionalism (i.e., Comte, Durkheim, Parsons, Alexander)
- Symbolic interactionism (i.e., Cooley, Mead and the Chicago School, Weber, Thomas, Tonnies, Lemert)
- Social conflict (i.e., Marx, Addams, W.E.B. DuBois, William J. Wilson)
- Feminist (i.e., Coolidge, Smith, Gilman, Martineau, Bernard)
- Social constructionism (i.e., Berger, Shutz)
- Post-modernism (i.e., Foucault)
- The development of the field and profession
- Core concepts
- Strength based approach
- Family centered approach
- Valuing human dignity
- Valuing cultural diversity
- Valuing cultural sensitivity
- Varying models of helping relationships
- Characteristics of effective helpers
- Ethical and professional issues
- Core concepts
- Social problems
- Social stratification
- Race, ethnicity, racism and racial stratification
- Sexism, sexuality, homophobia and gender stratification
- Poverty, privilege and the distribution of wealth and valued resources
- The feminization of poverty
- Age and ageism
- Violence/domestic violence
- Problems to do with families
- Substance abuse
- Mental and/or physical disability
- Geographical issues
- Social mobility
- Social policy and planning
- Emergence of social policy
- Development of, and changes in, social services policy
- Social planning for social services
- Research in social services
- Government responses to social problems
- Social welfare for the rich, middle income and the poor
- Trends, controversies and issues in social welfare
- Welfare reform
- Child welfare policies—adoptions and family care/safe families act
- Immigration issues
- Building community and progressive societies through social services and social welfare
- Social movements
- Poor people's movements
- Civil and human rights movements
- Models and meanings of civil societies
- Best practice models—building on family strengths/family conferencing models
- Community organization and social advocacy
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
Active learning exercises
Examinations or quizzes
Method(s) of Instruction
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Kirst-Ashman, Karen K.. Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives. 2017.
Karger, H.J., and David Stoesz. American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach. 2018.
Stern, Mark, and June Axinn. Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need. 2018.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
- College level readings from primary and secondary sources
- College level writing assignments based on primary and secondary source reflection and/or analysis