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SWK 4662H – Principles of Social Policy Analysis


Ernie Lightman, Social Policy in Canada, Oxford University Press, 2003. Supplemented by a limited number of other readings.

This course approaches social policy as a redistributive process operating at a macro (highly aggregative) level. Social policy is distinguished from economic policy as we pose two central questions: who receives what and in what form? And, who pays how much and in what manner? Much attention in this course is directed towards the funding of social programs – the tax system; user fees; charitable giving; and privatisation are all examined. Extensive references are made to the shrinking welfare state federally, provincially and municipally. The term assignment differs fundamentally from a traditional term paper, and instead, takes the form of a Submission to Cabinet, using formal Cabinet guidelines. This course is not suitable for PhD students.