Students examine the process of policy formulation at the state and federal levels and develop competencies to advocate for human rights, social and economic justice and engage in policy practice. Policies and programs associated with civil rights, aging, health and mental health are examined. The impact of these policies and programs on the well-being of racial and ethnic groups and populations at risk is addressed. Students develop skills in articulating a policy position and analyzing the adequacy and effectiveness of social welfare policy. Prerequisites: 341, POSC 120 or 121, admission to the social work program.