This course is designed to help students understand what drives social welfare policy, how welfare policy affects people's lives, and the ways in which social workers can influence the development and implementation of social policy. Three general areas will be covered in this course. In area one, the student will be introduced to the fundamental concepts, theories, and history of social welfare policy. In area two, a description of social welfare policies and programs that are key to both the immediate and future development of rural and small-town communities in the Northwest will be discussed. Finally, in area three, social welfare policy practice techniques will be delineated with significance on the role of social workers in effecting change. Fee: Additional fee required.