Course curriculum

  • 1

    Highlights of Social Welfare History

    • The Bad Old Days: Life in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

    • Quiz: The Bad Old Days

    • Explaining the "Exceptional" US Social Welfare System

    • Quiz: Explaining the "Exceptional" US Social Welfare System

    • The Indefatigable Dorothea Dix

    • Quiz: The Indefatigable Dorothea Dix

    • Riding on the Orphan Train

    • Quiz: Riding on the Orphan Train

    • Hull House & The Settlement Home Movement

    • Quiz: Hull House & The Settlement Home Movement

    • Saving Babies: The Early Days of the Children’s Bureau

    • Quiz: Saving Babies

    • The Great Migration

    • Quiz: The Great Migration

    • Black Groundbreakers in Social Work

    • Lester Blackwell

    • Thyra Edwards

    • Dorothy Height

    • Whitney Young Jr.

    • Barbara White

    • Quiz: Black Groundbreakers in Social Work

    • Conclusion: Living in History's Echo

    • Quiz: Living in History's Echo

    • References

  • 2

    Poverty: America's Enduring Disgrace

    • Introduction to Poverty

    • Quiz: Intro to Poverty

    • Poverty Measures & Basic Needs

    • Quiz: Poverty Measures & Basic Needs

    • Poverty Myths: Exposed

    • More Than a Statistic: The Pain of Poverty

    • Quiz: The Pain of Poverty

    • You Be the Judge: A Basic Budget Exercise

    • Quiz: Basic Budget Exercise

    • Poverty in Comparative Perspective

    • Quiz: Poverty in Comparative Perspective

    • Face-to-Face: Interview with Anti-Poverty Expert Dr. Mark Rank

    • Quiz: Interview with Anti-Poverty Expert Dr. Mark Rank

    • Fighting Poverty: Programs That Work

    • Quiz: Fighting Poverty - Programs that Work

    • The PULSE Survey & Poverty in the Pandemic

    • The CARES Act and Poverty Early in the Covid-19 Pandemic

    • Quiz: The CARES Act and Poverty During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    • References

  • 3

    The African American Experience in the U.S.: Progress with Durable Inequality

    • Significant People & Events in African American History: 1600s-1700s

    • Interactives - Significant People & Events in African American History: 1600s-1700s

    • Significant People & Events in African American History: 1800s

    • Interactives - Significant People & Events in African American History: 1800s

    • Significant People & Events in African American History: 1900s

    • Interactives - Significant People & Events in African American History: 1900s

    • Significant People & Events in African American History: 2000s

    • Interactives - Significant People & Events in African American History: 2000s

    • The Cruelist Disparity: Changes in Life Expectancy During the Pandemic

    • Interactives: The Cruelist Disparity

    • What is Anti-Racist Practice?

    • Interactives: What is Anti-Racist Practice?

    • Arguing Reparations

    • Interactives: Arguing Reparations

    • Black Progress Over the Last 50 Years

    • Interactives: Black Progress in America

    • Recommended Books: African American Women in the Freedom Struggle

  • 4

    The Minimum Wage & The Earned Income Tax Credit

    • Frances Perkins: Unsung Heroine of the Minimum Wage

    • Quiz: Frances Perkins: Unsung Heroine of the Minimum Wage

    • Minimum Wage Timeline

    • Quiz: Minimum Wage Timeline

    • Putting the Minimum in Wages: Rates Across the Nation 2021

    • Quiz: Putting the Minimum in Wages, 2021

    • The Best of Times: The Minimum Wage in the 1960s

    • Quiz: Minimum Wage in the 1960s

    • The EITC: Anti-Poverty Rock Star

    • Quiz: EITC: Anti-Poverty Rock Star

    • How the EITC Works

    • Quiz: How the EITC Works

    • A Tale of Two Popular Programs

    • Quiz: A Tale of Two Popular Programs

    • References

  • 5

    Hunger, SNAP & WIC

    • Hunger & Food Insecurity

    • Quiz: Hunger & Food Insecurity

    • SNAP: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

    • Quiz: SNAP

    • Living on SNAP: The ‘Food Stamps’ Experiment

    • Quiz: Living on SNAP

    • Something WIC This Way Comes

    • Quiz: Something WIC This Way Comes

    • WIC Essentials

    • Quiz: WIC Essentials

    • Strengths and Weaknesses of WIC

    • Quiz: Strengths & Weaknesses of WIC

    • SNAP for Social Work Practice

    • Quiz: SNAP for Social Work Practice

    • Covid, Hunger and SNAP

    • Closing Thoughts

    • Quiz: Closing Thoughts

    • References

  • 6

    Health Care History, Policies & Programs

    • Health Care in America: Timeline

    • Quiz: Health Care in America: Timeline

    • Medicaid by the Numbers

    • Quiz: Medicaid by the Numbers

    • Liar Liar Meets Health Care Repeal

    • Quiz: Liar, Liar Meets Health Care Reform

    • Drawing the Line: The Opioid Epidemic in America

    • Quiz: Drawing the Line: The Opioid Epidemic in America

    • The Opioid Epidemic in the Covid Pandemic

    • Disparities in African American Health & Well-Being

    • Interactives: Disparities in African American Health & Well-Being

    • Health Care Glossary (with graphic storyline)

    • Flashcards: Health Care Abbreviations

    • Flashcards: Simple Terms

  • 7

    Living in an Aging Society

    • Aging in America

    • Quiz: Aging in America

    • Aging by the Numbers

    • Quiz: Aging by the Numbers

    • Positive Implications of an Aging Society

    • Quiz: Positive Implications of an Aging Society

    • Two Marches

    • Quiz: Two Marches

    • Covid and Social Security

    • Interactives: Covid and Social Security

  • 8

    Voting & Electoral Politics

    • The Electoral College: Great Idea or Garbage?

    • Quiz: The Electoral College: Great Idea or Garbage?

    • 2018 Midterm by the Numbers

    • Quiz: 2018 Midterm by the Numbers

    • National Popular Vote Initiative

    • Quiz: NPV Initiative

    • Pachanga for Trump!

    • Quiz: Pachanga for Trump

  • 9

    Pandemic Realities: Past, Present & Future

    • A Plague Upon Us

    • Covid Pandemic Timeline

    • Relief Policies During the Coronavirus Epidemic

    • The Striking Success of Covid Vaccines in the U.S.

  • 10

    Trends in Criminal Justice & Policy

    • Current Trends & The Coronavirus Epidemic

    • Quiz: Current Trends & Covid

    • Importance of Prison Arts & Education Programs

    • Quiz: Importance of Prison Arts & Education Programs

    • Introduction to AN INSURRECTION

    • An Insurrection

    • Impact of Incarceration on Children & Families

    • Quiz: Impact of Incarceration on Children & Families

    • George Floyd: One Year Later

    • U.S. Prisons & Private Profit

    • Prison Profiteering

  • 11

    Housing in America: Problems, Policies & Programs

    • Human Rights & Housing

    • Interactives: Human Rights & Housing

    • Video: A Short History of Public Housing in the US

    • Interactives: A Short History of Public Housing

    • Housing & Eviction During the Pandemic

    • Federal Housing Choice Vouchers

    • Interactives: Federal Housing Choice Vouchers

    • Heat & Housing

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