The course will offer insights and promote discussion about the origins and status of social welfare policy in the United States. Topics to be covered include: the philosophical basis of the concept of social justice; how social policy became public policy; and what factors influence our attitudes toward social and public policy.
Special emphasis will be placed on issues in the Greater Worcester area such as basic rights to housing; food; work; and the right to and work in a safe neighborhood.
GROUP LEADER: James Bourque was a social work administrator for almost 30 years including 25 years as CEO of the United Way of Monmouth County, NJ. He worked closely with volunteers, local and state officials, and agencies identifying and defining emerging social policy issues and concerns, ultimately establishing programs and services that met the needs. After retirement, he taught Social Welfare Policy and other courses at Monmouth University, Smith College, and Wheelock College for 10 years.
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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609