F412 – History of Social Welfare and Social Policy

3 Credit Hours

This course provides an overview of historical responses to the needs of children and families and the foundation of the American welfare state. It examines past and current social policies and other factors that have given rise to and shaped the systems that support children and families, including early care, health, mental health, and education. The status of the family is considered, with particular attention to conceptions of family and trends in family formation, the impact of poverty and discrimination on children and families, the rise of immigrant and refugee families, and disparities in child welfare. The course explores the role of family services and child welfare programs in enhancing family well-being as well as strategies to improve collaboration among service providers to maximize benefits to families.