K439 – Social Policy and Advocacy
2 Credit Hours
The central theses of this course are 1) that policies are historical and cultural artifacts reflecting practices of power that have direct and daily impact on children’s, families’ and professionals’ lives; and 2) that consideration of ideological influences on one’s professional actions is an essential dimension of reflective praxis. Therefore we will actively engage with the histories of professional social work, child development, and the American welfare state in order to shed light on how social problems and solutions have been framed throughout this nation’s history. These collaborative reflections provide a critical foundation for the approaches to applied policy analysis and policy advocacy that we will practice and which are integral to generalist approaches to social work.