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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SOW6236
Tracking Number - 2747

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-06-21
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): The only change is in the title of the course. old title- Social Welfare Policy Analysis and Design Here is the new title- Social Welfare Policy Development & Analysis
Comments: to GC 4/2/12; to USF Syst 4/5/12; to GC 4/16/12; to SCNS 4/16/12; title change confirmed. Submitted to SCNS 6/18/12. Appd eff 8/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-02-07
  2. Department: Social Work
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 0-1261-000
  5. Contact Person: Lisa Rapp-Paglicci
  6. Phone: 8139741809
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SOW
  9. Number: 6236
  10. Full Title: Social Welfare Policy Analysis and Design
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum):
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This advanced course is primarily analytic in nature and is designed to assist the student in understanding the ideological and political factors influencing policy development and implementation from an ecological systems perspective.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? All MSW students are required to take this course.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) No other qualifications are required.
  29. Objectives: Students will analyze the elements of policy development, policy advocacy, political advocacy and implementation framework. The course will explore the role of evidence-based research in developing, implementing and evaluating policy.
  30. Learning Outcomes: After the completion of this course the student will:

    1. Communicate to stakeholders the implications of policies and policy change in the lives of clients to stakeholders.

    Measurement: Debates; Social policy and policy advocacy assignment

    2. Use evidence- based practice and practice-based evidence in advocacy for policies that advance social and economic well-being.

    Measurement: Debates, Pro/con paper

    3. Advocate with and inform administrators and legislators to influences policies that affect clients and services.

    Measurement: Debates; Social policy and political advocacy paper

    4. Work collaboratively with others to effect systematic change that is sustainable.

    Measurement: Social policy and political advocacy paper

  31. Major Topics: Social Policy development

    Social Policy Analysis

    Political advocacy

    Policy Implementation

  32. Textbooks: Jannson, Bruce (2011). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy

    practice to social justice. (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: No other purchases are required.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: See grading rubrics:

    Pro-Con Analysis 25 points

    Debates 40 points

    Political Advocacy Paper 35 points

    Total points 100 points

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: COURSE REQUIREMENTS:


    This assignment is designed to increase students' understanding of ideological issues and arguments that shape proposed social policy solutions to social problems and issues. The purpose of the assignment is to demonstrate that varied solutions to social problems are proposed based on these ideological positions and arguments.

    See Appendix A.


    This assignment is designed to increase students' awareness of the interrelationship among numerous stakeholders and special interest groups and how these influence the legislative process. The purpose of this assignment is to gain an understanding of the interplay among power, politics, and vested interest groups as these influence the enactment of social policy legislation.

    See Appendix B.


    This assignment is designed to increase students' understanding of the importance of analyzing social policy and utilizing social theory and evidence- based research to develop arguments regarding social policy issues. The purpose of this assignment is to gain an understanding of the importance of influence and persuasive strategies in securing support for or opposition to solutions to social issues and social policy legislation.

    See Appendix C.

  36. Attendance Policy: Students are expected to be on time and prepared to participate when class begins as well as be present throughout the entire class meeting. Classroom exercises, discussions, guest speakers and other in-class experiential exercises are essential for a student’s professional learning and continued development of self-awareness. This form of learning cannot be “made up” once missed. Accordingly, attendance is required at all class meetings. Excused absences are limited to the following instances: documented illness, deaths in the immediate family, and other documented crises, military duty, jury duty, religious holidays (consistent with University policy, 10-045), court-imposed legal obligations other than jury duty, and special requirements of other courses (must be documented by the faculty member of record). A student is considered absent if he/she arrives more than 30 minutes late to class, leaves 30 minutes or more early, or does not come to class. Students are allowed to miss two classes (for classes that meet twice weekly; or one class for classes that meet only once per week) without penalty. After that 5% off of the total grade may be deducted for each missed class, at the faculty member’s discretion.

    Students who experience an unforeseen circumstance such as a serious medical problem which interferes with their attendance or course assignments should notify the instructor immediately. Students and instructors should familiarize themselves with the USF Incomplete policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is also unacceptable. The University of South Florida has very specific policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty or disruption of academic process. In the School of Social Work

    Procedures for Alleged Academic Dishonesty or Disruption:

    Student Academic Grievance Procedures -

  38. Program This Course Supports: MSW
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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