- Dates of Course: January 4 - 9, 2015
- Location: Washington D.C.
- 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: Policy 1 is a prerequisite to enroll in this course.
- This course is an elective and does not fulfill the Advanced Social Policy requirement.
- Available for: Graduate Masters and Continuing Education students with an MSW (on a space available basis).
Academic Details/Program Curriculum:
- 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 will introduce students to key social welfare policy issues with significance to social work and the people/communities we serve, and help students develop critical skills for legislative advocacy.
- 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.