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Overview

The Social Welfare Policy and Services course is part of the Social Work - Practice, Policy and Research MicroMasters program from University of Michigan - MichiganX

What you'll learn

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the historical basis for the current U.S. social welfare system, including the history and role of the social work profession.
  • Describe and critically analyze current social welfare policies, procedures, and programs including the role of behavioral and social science research and theory in their evolution.
  • Discuss the strengths and limitations of the current social welfare system in terms of the functions of the provision of basic needs, protection of the vulnerable, prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation, protection of society, and provision of social control.

Emphasis is placed on major fields of social work service such as:

  • income maintenance
  • health care
  • mental health
  • child welfare
  • corrections
  • elderly services

You will learn about analytic frameworks with regard to social welfare policies and services. These frameworks identify strengths and weaknesses in the current social welfare system with respect to:

  • multiculturalism and diversity
  • social justice and social change
  • behavioural and social science theory and research
  • relevant social work promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs

There are four main content areas for the course:

  • The philosophic and practical basis for social welfare provisions.
  • The history of the social work profession and the emergence of specific policies and programs within their historical, social and political contexts.
  • A critical analysis of current social welfare policies in the U.S. and cross-nationally, and programs, nationally and cross-nationally with attention to the evolving policies.
  • An understanding of theory/research, debates, and trends in social welfare provision and patterns of service delivery.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 56 days
    • Intensity 8 hrs/week
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      8 weeks; 8-10 hours per week

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of The Welfare State – From the Poorhouse To Progressive Era
  • Origins of Social Work
  • The Creation Of Modern Welfare State: The New Deal And The Social Security Act
  • Historical Context: Civil Rights, The Great Society, And Expansion of The Welfare State

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Prerequisites

  • None

Tuition Fee

  • Add a Verified Certificate for $199 USD

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