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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Foundations of Social Policy (with CourseMate Printed Access Card): Social Justice in Human Perspective, 5th Edition

  • includes CourseMate Printed Access Card
  • Amanda S. Barusch University of Utah and University of Otago
  • ISBN-10: 1285751590  |  ISBN-13: 9781285751597
  • 528 Pages
  • © 2015 | Published
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Reflecting the idea that social justice is a primary mission of the social work profession, this text provides a thorough grounding in policy analysis-with extensive coverage of policy practice and a unique emphasis on the broad issues and human dilemmas inherent in the pursuit of social justice. The book introduces several philosophical perspectives on what constitutes social justice, and identifies values and assumptions reflected in contemporary policy debates. FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL POLICY, Fifth Edition, part of the BROOKS/COLE EMPOWERMENT SERIES, integrates the core competencies and practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Numerous updates, on topics ranging from women in combat and elder abuse to the DOMA decision and movements against public employee unions, showcase the profound impact of current events on policy issues and social justice in the United States and internationally. This edition also includes access to CourseMate, which offers online interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook.

Features and Benefits

  • The text incorporates content related to the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditations Standards (EPAS) competencies from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); the material is highlighted throughout the text by an icon. In addition, end-of-chapter Competency Notes summarize how the chapter material addresses relevant EPAS standards and practices.
  • Compelling case studies illustrate concepts and aid student understanding of policies and programs. The cases focus on a variety of successful advocacy initiatives in the United States to provide a broader view of important trends affecting both social policy and the pursuit of social justice.
  • The author's thoughtful presentation and analysis of international contexts, which includes comparative information and discussion of pertinent issues such as globalization and governance, gives students a broad basis for developing a more complete and nuanced understanding of U.S. social policy.
  • The text maintains a pragmatic approach in addition to rigorous and thorough theoretical content informed by advocates and practitioners throughout the country, providing students with essential practical preparation for success in their careers.
  • Learning aids and resources in every chapter, including Closing Reflections, Think About It discussion questions to encourage critical thinking, and references to interactive web-based exercises, help students comprehend and apply the course content.

Table of Contents

1. Social Justice and Social Workers.
2. The Government's Role.
3. Policy Analysis and Policy Practice.
4. The Social Security Act.
5. Poverty.
6. Health.
7. Mental Illness.
8. Disability.
9. People of Color.
10. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans Individuals.
11. Children.
12. Women.
13. Older Adults.
14. Working Americans.

What's New

  • New knowledge- and skill-based learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter guide students' reading. Content is organized around the objectives, which are repeated throughout the chapter as subheads.
  • Integrated throughout the text, new updates reflect the profound impact of current events on policy issues and social justice in the United States and internationally.
  • Chapter 1, “Social Justice and Social Workers,” includes a new discussion on the philosophy of capitalism and its alternatives, expanded coverage of human rights, and a brief discussion of trafficking.
  • Chapter 2, “The Government's Role,” includes new material on the Wisconsin anti-union developments, women in combat, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) birth control provisions and Catholic employers, the Tea Party, Medicaid waivers, and the electoral college and indirect elections. A new box discusses the Budget Control Act of 2011; other boxes explain monetary and fiscal policy (including the role of the Federal Reserve), and the federal budget deficit.
  • This edition includes new, updated, or extended discussions of policy analysis frameworks (Ch. 3); asset-based understanding of poverty and interventions, income inequality, predatory lending and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Earned Income Tax Credit, drug testing as an example of a humiliating procedure (Ch. 5); health insurance basics (new section), and health reform (Ch. 6).
  • Chapter 7, “Mental Illness,” features new or expanded discussions of the DSM and changes in the DSM-5, the Housing First model for homeless mentally ill individuals, the 2005 National Comorbidity Survey, managed care in the context of privatization of mental health services, and ACA requirements. It also includes a new box on massacres and mental health that references shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Virginia Tech.
  • Chapter 8, “Disability,” incorporates new material on the 2010 revision of the ADA (new section), the actuarial status and trends affecting Disability Insurance, disproportionality in special education, and the Zebley decision and its implications for children with disabilities. It also has a new box on the Dutch experience with disability insurance and a new table illustrating shifts in impairments that lead to disability insurance awards.
  • Chapter 10, “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans Individuals,” features updates on marriage equality (i.e. the DOMA decision), progress on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and an expanded discussion of gender and trans rights, with updated language throughout. Discussion of family issues includes new content on the custody issues confronted by non-biological parents in same-sex couples.
  • Chapter 11, “Children,” has a new section on international adoption, updates on No Child Left Behind, and a new discussion of the Common Core standards. The chapter also includes discussion of the 2010 CAPTA amendments and an expanded international perspective on child mortality.
  • Other changes include new content on protective orders, an expanded international perspective, and discussion of sexual assault in the military (Ch. 12, “Women”); a new section on elder abuse and adult protective services, as well as a web-based exercise on the Living to Be 100 site (Ch. 13, “Older Adults”); and more tightly focused immigration coverage as well as new discussion of the living wage, family responsibility discrimination, and movements against public employee unions (Ch. 14, “Working Americans”).

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Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285751655 | ISBN-13: 9781285751658)

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Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 128575171X | ISBN-13: 9781285751719)

The Test Bank, available electronically via email, includes a variety of test questions for faculty to use in building exams and quizzes. In each chapter, at least ten questions are tagged to align with EPAS Practice Behaviors and Competencies.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Amanda S. Barusch

A self-proclaimed news junkie/policy wonk, Amanda Barusch is fascinated (and sometimes horrified) by U.S politics and policies. For two decades, updating this book has enabled her to monitor the intricate shifts and major sea changes in America's pursuit of social justice. A native of California, Dr. Barusch completed her B.A. at Reed College, her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.F.A. in creative writing at the University of Utah. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the fields of social policy and aging. She has investigated topics ranging from interpersonal relations to international policy comparisons. She has published articles in leading North American journals, seven books, and numerous poems and short stories. Dr. Barusch joined the faculty at the University of Utah College of Social Work in 1985, where she has served as Associate Dean. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work for six years, and is on the editorial board of several international journals. She is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. She also holds a Professorial appointment at the University of Otago in New Zealand, where she can be found when winter reaches the northern hemisphere.