Courses

SSA 300: Social Intervention: Programs and Policies

This course is designed to provide an analytic framework that enables students to understand how social problems are socially constructed.  It also addresses how social policies are created and implemented across various cultural, historical, political and economic contexts.  During the quarter, we will examine how social problems, policies and programs are framed, reframed, and implemented and how clients, social workers, human service organizations, and other relevant constituencies are involved in these processes.  In addition to providing an overview of the relationship between social …

SSA 467: Organizational Theory & Analysis for Human Services

Organizations are pervasive in our lives, but we often spend too little time reflecting on them.  How should we understand the organizations we interact with on a daily basis?  How can we make organizations more responsive to the needs of both workers and clients?  How do organizations serve as a crucial link between communities and government?  How do we build organizations that are stable and flexible, effective at meeting goals, and respectful of diversity?  Understanding the answers to questions like these is crucial for social workers with careers in social administration.  Policy …

SSA 494: Nonprofit Organizations and Advocacy for Social Change

Social change activists often form nonprofit organizations in order to help accomplish their goals, while managers of social service nonprofits often desire to create social change as well as help individuals.  As a result, nonprofit organizations of all kinds play a large and growing role in promoting and shaping social change, at both the policy and community level.  This course explores theory and practice relating to nonprofit organizations in their role as political and community actors, and is intended for students who are interested in the interface between nonprofit management and …