SER 101 : Introduction to Social Welfare

This course provides an overview of social welfare in the United States from two perspectives - the development of major policies and practices from the colonial period to the present and the network of systems and services that constitute social welfare today. Three lecture hours per week. Competency met: Multicultural Perspective (5.3), Social Phenomenon (5.4) Fall


Passing scores on the College's reading and writing placement tests; or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091 or ENG 092

By the conclusion of this course, you will:

  1. Know how to define social welfare and human services
  2. Analyze historical and contemporary societal forces, as well as public perceptions and opinions that shape and influence social policies
  3. Become familiar with the intricate relationships between larger societal issues (e.g. politics, the economy, societal values, etc.) and their impact on the delivery of social services to individual consumers/clients;
  4. Examine and challenge your own values, beliefs, prejudices, and experiences regarding the social welfare system—and possible career roles you may play in it;
  5. Gain an in-depth understanding of why people need help, who gets help and does not, and how that help is given;
  6. Visit, research, and critique a helping agency or program of your choosing as an example of a modern social welfare provider; and
  7. Develop and refine your oral and written communications skills.