Courses Catalogue

Social Policy Analysis And Planning

COURSE CODE: SWS2103
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 0
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Social Work And Social Administration, Bachelor
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Introduction to Policy Studies (3CH)

  • Why study public policy
  • Policy Analysis in Action
  • Policy Analysis and policy Advocacy

Models of policy (3CH)

  • Institutionalism, incrementalism
  • Process, Elite, Rationalism
  • Game theory, public choice

The Meso Analysis (6CH)

  • Social problem Approaches
  • Theories of Agenda control
  • Typologies of policy issues
  • Knowledge and policy Agenda

Social policy practice (6CH)

  • Importance of social policy practice
  • Conceptualizing policy practice.
  • Policy practice skills and tasks
  • Ethical principles in policy practice
  • Policy practice as social justice
  • Policy sensitive and policy related practice

Policy practice in Government and Agency setting (6CH)

  • Players in Legislative and Government setting.
  • Community group that shape policy
  • Strategy in legislative setting
  • The mind set of elected officials
  • The players in Organizational setting

Power and policy Enactment (3CH)

  • In Defense of politics
  • Political Approaches to Policy practice.
  • The nature of power.
  • Person to person power.
  • Substantive power, the power of autonomy
  • Exerting political pressure.

Social Policy (3CH)

  • Models in social policy
  • Distinction in public services and Responsibility.

Strategies for policy persuasion (3CH)

  • Policy persuasion
  • Persuading specific audiences
  • Persuading strategies
  • Combative persuading
  • Win – win or collaborative technique

Recurring Policy options (3CH)

  • An over view of the proposal.
  • A case from the human services
  • Policies for a new program
  • Linking policy skills.

Defining problems (3CH)

  • Using policy analysis
  • Classifying problems analytically
  • Measuring the prevalence of problems
  • Distinguishing important problems from trivial ones
  • Causes of social problems
  • Variation in problems
  • Challenges for policy Advocates

After enacting policy (3CH)

  • Implementing policy
  • Problem in the early stages of implementation
  • Problem in later stages in implementation.
  • Developing Remedies
  • Ethical issues: Compliance and whistle blowing.

Assessing policy (3CH)

  • The fundamental logic of policy assessment
  • Similarities between Assessing and analyzing policy
  • Policy Assessment and policy debates
  • Why social workers should assess policy

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Practical assignments
  • Field trips
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes