Emphasis on the nature and development of American social policy, including the history of current structures of social welfare services, the role of policy in service delivery and analyses of current social policy issues including family policy, health care policy, drug policy, tax policy and other topical issues. Cross-listed as HUMS 365. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Most current editions of the following:
Social Policy and Social Change: Toward the Creation of Social and Economic Justice
By Jimenez, Jillian A. (Sage) Category/Comments - Core text Recommended
The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy
By Blau, Joel and Mimi Abramovitz (Oxford) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
Dimensions in Social Welfare Policy
By Gilbert, N., and Terrell, P. (Pearson) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
Foundations of Social Policy: Social Justice in Human Perspective
By Smith Barusch, Amanda (Cengage) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
Social Welfare Policy and Social Programs: A Values Perspective
By Segal, Elizabethd A. (Cengage) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America
By Edelman, Peter (New Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental Text Recommended
The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
By Stiglitz, Joseph E. (W. W. Norton) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
By Shipler, David K. (Vintage) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
The Betrayal of the American Dream
By Barlett, Donald L. and James B. Steele (Public Affairs) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All
By Rank, Mark Robert (Oxford) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform
By Hays, Sharon (Oxford) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Socieities Stronger
By Pickett, Kate and Richard Wilkinson (Bloomsbury Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental Text Recommended
To explore the historical roots, and the social, political and economic structures that currently form the foundation of social welfare programs and services in the United States.
To understand the role of social welfare policy in service delivery, practice, and the attainment of optimal individual and social well-being.
To understand the political process and various sources of information that are useful to understanding contemporary American social welfare policies.
To explore the concepts of distributive justice, human and civil rights, and the global interconnectedness of oppression.
Identify and describe major social welfare policies and programs.
Describe the policy making process from the initial stages through implementation.
Identify values that shape contemporary social welfare policy.
Describe major historical trends in a changing American political climate.
Identify how social programs are funded.
Discuss how social policy has impacted and continues to impact various vulnerable populations.
Discuss how social welfare policies have been used as a mechanism for oppression and discrimination.
Discuss how social welfare policies have been used to advance social and economic justice.
Describe strategies of advocacy and social change.
Describe the process by which policies are formulated and implemented on the federal, state, and local levels.
Describe social policy following course specific guidelines and from a social justice perspective.
Demonstrate skills in policy research.
Compare American social policies to the social policies of other nations.
Universal declaration of human rights
The policy process
Funding social welfare programs - tax policy
The Social Security Act
Social insurance programs
Public assistance programs
Health care policy
Mental health policy
The drug war and drug policy
Child welfare policy
Women, minorities, and immigrant policies
Civil rights policy
Sexual orientation - gay rights
Global issues and comparisons
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.