This course examines the historical, social, and economic context of social welfare policy. Special emphasis is placed on the structural components of economic injustice and poverty, welfare programs, and welfare reform. The vulnerability of women, children, and people of color to experiencing poverty and social injustice nationally and globally is examined. Students will learn about the major social welfare programs that address financial and basic human needs. Students will be introduced to social policy analysis. Prerequisite: POSC 120 or 121, admission to the social work program.