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SWKD 713. Social Policy Theory and Analysis. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the doctoral program or with permission of the instructor. Grounded in social work values and drawing on interdisciplinary approaches to policy sciences, this course introduces students to the ideological foundations of social policy and guides them in the application of theories that drive analyses of policy issues in their substantive area. The course covers approaches to the policy-making process, including critical analyses of proposals, implementation and evaluation of current policy. Students analyze policy at the local, national or international level, with an emphasis on their specialized substantive area.