Social Problems & Social Welfare

Social Problems & Social Welfare

  1. Module Title: Social Problems & Social Welfare
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 251
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: 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.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    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.

    • Describe the history, nature, structure, and characteristics of the social welfare system and the profession of in the U.S
    • Identify the relationship between social welfare policies and social and economic justice as well as institutional forms of discrimination, oppression and social control
    • 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
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of your homework, you will be required to complete two assignments (20% each) based on the course notes and required textbook

    Each assignment will consist of 30 MCQs (40 marks) and 4 short essay questions (10 marks each).

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students will be required to choose one out of the two essay topics given, and to submit one essay assignment. Essay word count 1,500 words.

    Guidelines for the Essay:

    • The assignment should be written in 1,500 words
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, and 1’’margins.
    • The answers must be structured in an essay format. A maximum of 20 marks will be deducted if you present your answers in bullet-point format.
    • A minimum of five references is required for the Reference document. Wikipedia is not considered an empirical source.
    • The assignment should be proof-read for spelling and grammatical errors.
    • It is compulsory for students to uphold academic integrity by providing proper in-text citations and complete referencing. References must be provided using the APA guidelines (available online).


    Marking Rubric for the Essay/Project:

    Criteria Total Marks
    Content – subject knowledge, integration of knowledge from course and additional research materials 40
    Application / Critical Thinking – A) thoughtful and thorough application of knowledge, theory and research to analyse question / topic / case study and provide recommendations where necessary. B) critical evaluation of arguments from literature review and other referenced materials  40
    Organization and Language – coherent writing and good organization of essay components  10
    Referencing and Citations – all sources and works used must conform to the APA international standards of citations.  10

    Timed Online Final Assessment (TOFA) 40%

    The Timed Online Final Assessment (TOFA) constitutes 40% of your grade and will be conducted online in MS Teams.

    The TOFA is an open book assessment but no discussion between the students is allowed. Students who copy their answers would be awarded 0 marks for their TOFA. Please ensure that you paraphrase your answer and cite the sources (if any) to avoid being penalized for plagiarism.


  7. 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