This course provides students with an understanding of basic, universal human rights and social welfare policy as a potential instrument to promote social justice. The historical, social, cultural, economic, environmental, and global influence on social welfare and the vulnerability of women, children, and people of color to experience poverty and human rights violations nationally and globally will be examined. Special emphasis is placed on the structural components of economic injustice and poverty, welfare programs, and welfare reform. Students will learn about the major social welfare programs that address financial and basic human needs. Prerequisite: POSC 120 or 121, admission to the social work program.