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Historical and Contemporary Issues in Social Work and Social Welfare

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SW825, Section 001

This course centers on the examination of the purposes of social welfare and social work and how they have reflected different philosophical and ideological positions, diverse class, racial, ethnic, and cultural perspectives, and the particular historical contexts in which they emerged. It covers long standing conflicts and tensions in the field such as the role of social responsibility vs. social control, how needs are recognized and determined, the nature of helping, perspectives on social justice and charity, the professional role of social workers, and organizational arrangements for social work and social welfare. The focus of this course is on the development of U.S. social welfare and social work with a comparative, cross-national and multicultural lens.

Semester: Fall 2020
Instructor: Karen M. Staller
Category: SSS
U-M Class #: 34459
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Course Codes

O:Online - course is delivered online

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