SWK2410EN - The American Social Work Welfare System

Course description

This course will be a study of social work’s historic commitment to social justice and to the elimination of poverty is integrated throughout the course. As well as current social welfare and the constructed policies and practices that address societal problems today such as poverty and vulnerable populations.

How this course benefits students

After successful completion of this course, student will be able to: 1) Demonstrate knowledge and an ability to apply major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends within the social work field; 2) Begin to examine how issues of social and economic justice relate to ways that religious and nonreligious spiritual perspectives contribute to injustice and oppression as well as empowerment and liberation; 3) Utilize the knowledge learned of history to understanding the impact of oppression and discrimination on diverse people’s individual and collective functioning; 4) Apply to practice a framework of knowledge, theory, values, and skills for spiritually-sensitive social work.

Why this course is important

In this course, students will examine a range of engagement and assessment approaches and their use with vulnerable populations

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Social Work
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

James 1:27 states, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. So, if by “social justice” we mean that society has a moral obligation to care for those less fortunate, then that is correct. God knows that, due to the fall, there will be sojourners in society, and He made provisions in the old and new covenants to care for all of society.

Missionally driven

Students will critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions, policies and programs processes and outcomes; and apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro

Contextually informed

Clarify and interpret professional roles in working with varying government systems and advocate for change.

Interculturally focused

Understand the essential part of living with others in the diverse world of the twenty-first century. It assists students to become responsible local and global citizens, equipped through their education for living and working together in an interconnected world.

Practically minded

Clarify and interpret professional roles in working with varying government systems and advocate for change.

Experientially transformed

Students are expected to "grow" their social work practice competency with diverse and vulnerable people.