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Last approved: Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:10:32 GMT

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Change Type
Major
SW (Social Work)
425
032515
Dual-Level Course
Yes
525
Cross-listed Course
No
Hunger and Homelessness
Hunger and Homelessness
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Work (16SW)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Spring 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
8
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
SW 495/595Spring 201620
SW 495/595Fall 201519
SW 495Spring 20158
SW 495Fall 20146
SW 495Spring 20146
SW 495/595Fall 20134
SW 495Spring 20125
SW 495Spring 20113
SW 495Fall 201618
SW 495Summer 201719
Course Delivery
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Dr. David Fitzpatrick
Teaching Assistant Professor
assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC1515NoNone
Restricted: Junior or Senior Standing. Sophomores and Non-Degree Students may enroll with instructor approval.
Restricted: Graduate Standing. Non-Degree Students may enroll with instructor approval.
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16SWSocial WorkElective
This course will familiarize students with the history and experience of hunger and homelessness in contemporary American society. The course includes discussion, narrative readings, experiential exercises, movie reviews, field trips, and other media to expose students to issues of food insecurity and housing instability. Students will critique ideas of what it means to be "poor" and be exposed to the lives of individuals who do not have access to adequate food, housing, healthcare, and other basic needs. American social welfare policy, including governmental and local programs that address these issues, will be discussed. Students are responsible for transportation.

Food insecurity and housing instability have been persistent problems in American culture.  These problems are often hidden.  Contrary to popular belief, the general public cannot identify the large proportions of the community who are food insecure and have unstable housing.  The purpose of this course is to sensitize students to the silent problems of hunger and homelessness.  The course is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore hunger and homelessness on both policy and personal levels.  It will provide in depth content on human and social programs, provide a strengths perspective, and support culturally competent social work practice. 


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
US Diversity
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 
Analyze how the lack of opportunity, heavily influenced by systematic racism, leads to food and housing insecurity among vulnerable populations (e.g., minorities, elderly, children, women, immigrants, individuals with mental health and substance use disorders).
 
 
Sample measure.
Reflection Paper - Students visit three different agencies that provide food and/or shelter to needy populations and interact with the individuals being served. The different facilities have different segments of the population who are served and they hear first-hand narratives of the factors that led to the hunger and homelessness of the individuals they meet at the agencies. They then write a paper reflecting on the differences between the three visits. They are asked to compare and contrast the delivery systems of the agencies. They are asked to reflect on the populations being served and the personal and societal challenges leading to their need for these types of services.
 
 
Describe the political processes that are involved in the policies that have contributed to the situation of the poor.
 
 
Sample essay.
After viewing the movie "The Mitch Snyder Story," write a three-page paper identifying specific governmental policies and actions presented in the movie and their impact on the lives of hungry and homeless individuals.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
90%
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
DELTA requires 10% of seats for Distance NDS students.
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
No
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

Course has previously been taught yearly as a special topics, and will continue to be a part of the instructor's standard course load as a permanent course.

The goal of this course is to provide students the opportunity to understand hunger and homelessness on both the policy and personal levels.  It will build on the strengths perspective and support for cultural competency in social work practice and community practice.  As such, it reflects the Mission Statement of the Social Work Program.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. Explain the intellectual and emotional impact of food insecurity and homelessness in America.

2. Identify the primary ethical issues in the delivery (or withholding) of services to persons experiencing homelessness and hunger. 

3. Identify the needs and issues of extremely low-wealth members of our society. 

4. Analyze social welfare policies as to their philosophical approach, definition of the problem, expected impact, cost effectiveness, stakeholders and constituencies, and their effect on low-wealth families and individuals. 

5. Describe the political processes that are involved in the policies that have contributed to the situation of the poor. 

6. Identify governmental and non-governmental programs that work to alleviate the condition of the poor. 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Forum_post50 pt per weekWeekly Online Discussion (700 pts total)
Project100 ptsStudents create poster as class project
Written Assignment100 ptsScratch Beginnings book review
Written Assignment100 ptsCommunity Shelter Visit and Reflection
Written Assignment50 ptsCommunity Agency Visit and Reflection
Participation300 pts Community Agency Visits
Written Assignment200 ptsGraduate Student Only: Literature Review Assignment
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Domestic Hunger5Visit to Soup Kitchen

Discussion Boards

Reflection Papers

Reading and Discussion of Book Chapters

Food Stamp Project and Poster
International Hunger3Discussion Boards

Reflection Papers
Homelessness7Discussion Boards

Reflection Papers

Visits to Homeless Shelters

Reading and Discussion of Book Chapters

(Graduate Students) Literature Review
mlnosbis 9/6/2017:
1) Effective date must be Spring 2018; too late for Fall 2017
2) Good enrollment in previous offerings of the course, indicates interest in the material
3) Prerequisite should list "Graduate standing"
4) Syllabus notes-
-Under course information- this course is dual-level as it is offered at the 400 and 500-level, not cross-listed
-Include page guidelines for graduate student assignments
-Include the instructor's policy for attendance and absences, in addition to the university PRR's related to absence and attendance

pjharrie - 9/12/2017 - in looking at the recent size of the class, I'm wondering why the size is estimated at 15 rather than 20 or 25? And also whether it should really be offered every semester.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-The syllabus states that "Graduate students will turn in papers 50% longer that the suggested minimum for undergraduates." on the first page. I think this comment should be included in the table on page 5 as well (maybe as a footnote).
aeherget (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:07:09 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 8/12/2017.
aeherget (Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:01:27 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 8/22/2017.
aeherget (Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:57:29 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 8/25/2017.
lamarcus (Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:26:29 GMT): Added updated syllabus from department.
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