2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 20, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog
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CYFS 350 - Social Policy Issues and Advocacy

5.0 Credits
Examines how individuals and groups influence social policy. Analyzes models, skills, and approaches necessary to advocate for and influence policy, and to help others learn to advocate for themselves. Examines current issues and programs influencing the well-being and welfare of children, youth, and families.
Prerequisite Admission to BAS Program.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze social policy as it relates to educational and social services programs, and give relevant examples.
  2. Examine historical influences on the development of social policy and how the values and goals of individuals and groups impact the process.
  3. Discuss how policies affecting children and families at the local, state, and federal level are developed, measured, evaluated, and modified.
  4. Analyze current social policies affecting children and families from the public and private sector, and their impact on the well-being of children, youth, and families.
  5. Evaluate how advocacy methods can be used to influence social, political, and economic systems to bring about changes in policies and programs affecting children, youth, and families.
  6. Define the components and purpose of an advocacy plan, including desired goals and outcomes for agency, legislative, legal, community, and personal advocacy activities.
  7. Construct various methods for advocating for an issue using verbal, written, and interpersonal modes of contact, and the relative benefits of each method in achieving a successful outcome.
  8. Develop advocacy skills that are appropriate for educational and social services programs, including clear communication, self-awareness, and strategies for presenting requests to others.
  9. Design strategies necessary to encourage and support others to advocate for themselves or family members.

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