Social Work 421

SOWK 421: Child Welfare

Credit Hours: (3)

Analyzes changing philosophy toward children in American society and the services designed to meet recognized needs.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for informed and competent social work practice with children and families, through an examination of the history of service provision to children, as well as the policy framework through which social work services are delivered.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will use lectures, class discussions, group problem solving models, guest speakers and films as learning methods in presenting the course content.


Goals and Objectives of Course

To increase student’s knowledge in the following areas:

1. scope of child welfare services and populations served
2. history of child welfare services
3. organization, structure, and staffing of social service agencies
4. relevant legislation, judicial decisions, and legal processes
5. current policy issues
6. advocacy for social change


Assessment Measures

Students will be evaluated on a midterm examination which focuses on textbooks, selected articles, lecture material and guest speakers.

Each student will be required to complete a term project in which he/she investigates a major topic in child welfare.

There will be a final written examination at the end of the semester. The examination will review class presentations, class notes, articles, handouts and guest speakers.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

September 2001 Updated Marilyn Rigby