- Dates of Course: 2018 course dates TBA
- NOTE: Spring Break 2018 courses count toward Spring 2018 credits and financial aid. Students with field placements must obtain permission from their faculty advisors and agency field instructors to miss field dates for a January course. Students must make up all missed field dates at another time during the year.
- Housing: Single- and double-occupancy dorm housing available at the Washington, D.C. site Students may find their own housing (subject to approval by course faculty).
- Total Credits: 3 Credits
- Prerequisites: SSWP 1 is a pre-requisite for enrollment. This course can fulfill the advanced social policy course requirement or be taken as an elective.
- Available for: Graduate Masters.
The profession of social work, historically and currently, seeks to promote social justice through the equitable provision of benefits and services to assist all individuals, families, and communities to develop and function to their fullest potential. Advocacy for federal social welfare policies has historically been an important professional activity, remaining so in the present as part of “policy practice.” In addition, all professions and occupations must work to advance their own interests in order to fulfill their social aims and ensure economic survival. Since social workers’ services are often funded through federal and other health and social welfare programs, federal-level advocacy is needed for these purposes as well. This course provides students the opportunity to enhance their policy analysis skills around key social welfare policy issues with significance to social work and the people and communities we serve. Additionally, opportunities will be offered for students to develop and practice critical skills for legislative action on Capitol Hill.
- The final assignment will be a paper to be completed and submitted during the spring semester.
- Holding the course in Washington, D.C. will afford students the opportunity to participate in visits to Capitol Hill and provide access to guest lecturers and policy experts who are based in Washington.