SW 3200 Social Welfare Institutions
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements Restricted to BSW students or with permission of the instructor

This course introduces social work students to the antecedents of the American welfare state and the development of the social work profession. Historical phenomena provide a background against which one examines not only what happened in the past, but also why certain events occurred, how they happened, and the consequences of their occurrence on the American social welfare system. Content about differences and similarities on the experiences, needs and beliefs of various population groups, and the resources provided by larger society to address varying population needs is examined. Both descriptive and analytical approaches are used to help explain the development and complexity of the American welfare state.