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SWK 231 Social Welfare: Historical Perspectives & Development (3 credits)

Course Description

This course follows the development of social welfare efforts from early civilization to the present time. The course focuses on the emergence of the profession of social work and explores the question: "Am I my brother's keeper?" in the light of biblical principles.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Understand social welfare as it is distinguished from and relates to public welfare, social work, and
• Discuss the historical and Biblical foundations of social welfare and the connections these have to current
    systems and ideologies
• Obtain necessary knowledge base about historical developments of social policy, social research, and
    social work practice
• Describe the impact of social welfare programs upon the less powerful and oppressed groups in our
• Identify personal values and attitudes that may influence one’s understanding of how those in need should
    receive help
• Identify key persons who influenced social welfare and the development of social work as a profession
    and describe the contributions each made;
• Demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills
• Use professional written communication skills


Learning Documentation

This course consists of 15 assignments including 2 papers, and 4 exams.

Learning Evaluation

Assignments are worth 60% of the grade, papers are 10% each, and exams are 5% each.

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