Social Problems & Social Welfare

Social Problems & Social Welfare


This course aims to help students better understand the daily issues that social workers face. The class will explore the various areas of social work such as ethical practices, policies, working with individuals in poverty, disability, health care, and mental health. Through the chapters, students will be exposed to critical thinking skills that will help them gain insights into the field of social work and social welfare. The course also covers the numerous aspects of the role of a social worker and how social service organizations handle different types of clients.


Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes

The learner will:

Assessment Criteria

The learner can:

2 a. Examine major theories that underpin and understand of social work from different fields of profession


b. Understand the ethical practices that social workers adhere to.

1.1 Students will have a clear understanding of the various key theories used in the field of social work.

1.2 Explain what are the ethical boundaries that they must take when handling cases.

1.3 Able to identify the different types of roles social workers play in the different areas of specialization (e.g., medical social worker, social worker working with youths and children etc.).

2 a. An overview of the various policies and programmes


b. Have a better understanding of the history and development of social service and social welfare industry

2.1 Student will be able to examine and understand the different types of policies and programmes that are offered under the local social welfare schemes.

2.2 Gain insights to the history and evolution of the social service sector.

3 a. Student’s will be able to apply critical thinking skills in the area of social work and social welfare


b. Demonstrate research ability in providing supporting evidence in recommendations to their charges.

3.1 Application of critical thinking skills when handling specific populations (e.g, children, persons with disability, medical concerns etc.).

3.2 Identify appropriate means or treatment or recommendations to their respective charges in the specific area of specialization.

4a. Describe the history, nature, structure and characteristics of the social welfare system and the profession in the US 4.1 Identify the relationship between social welfare policies and social and economic justice as well as institutional forms of discrimination, oppression and social control

4.2 Understand social problems as constructions of social realities and identify the various political, economic, cultural and social processes that influence the definition of social problems and responses


Course Outline

  • Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Social Work Ethics & Values
  • Empowerment and Human Diversity
  • The Process of Generalist Practice
  • Practice Settings
  • An Overview of Social Welfare and Social Work History
  • Policy, Policy Analysis, Policy Practice, and Policy Advocacy: Foundations for Service Provision
  • Policies and Programs to Combat Poverty
  • Social Work and Services for Children and Families
  • Social Work and Services for Older Adults
  • Social Work and Services for People with Disabilities
  • Social Work and Services in Health Care
  • Social Work and Services in Mental Health
  • Social Work and Substance Use, Abuse and Dependence
  • Social Work and Services for Youths and in the Schools
  • Social Work and Services in the Criminal Justice System


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