SOWK1008 (Core)

Social welfare system and social policy

This course introduces the basic concepts and function of social welfare and social services, and the principles and methods of social policy and social planning.  Analysis will be undertaken on a range of social services in Hong Kong such as housing, health, labour, education, social security and social welfare services including family, children and youth, community development, rehabilitation, elderly and other relevant services.  Students taking the course will also acquire an understanding of the philosophy, mechanism and processes of policy making and planning, the methods of analysing and evaluating social policy. The two courses, SOWK1001 Introduction to social administration and SOWK1008 Social welfare system and social policy, are mutually exclusive. Students can only enroll in either one of these two courses within their whole course of study.