Modules explained

Note:  This is a tentative schedule.  Students are responsible for keeping informed of changes.  Students are also responsible for informing the instructor of any changes in e-mail/phone number from that listed in the University’s UA Online.

List of modules plus navigation to each of them and associated reading materials in addition to your text.

  • MODULE 1: Introduction
    Week 1– Who writes history?  Why study history?
    ReadingAxin & Stern, Chapter 1; H. Zinn, Chapter 1 &2
  • MODULE 2: The Colonial Period – 1647-1776
    Week 2 – Students will examine the: Poor Laws in the Colonies; Conquest, Expansion, and Population Growth: Native Americans, Immigration and Slavery.
    Reading – Axin & Stern, Chapter 2; H.Zinn, Chapter 3
  • MODULE 3: Pre-Civil War Period – 1777-1860
    Week 3 – Students will examine Labor and Economic Security; The Reform Movements, Institutions, Almhouses, and Paupers.
    Reading – Axin & Stern, Chapter 3; H. Zinn, Chapter 9 &10; and “The Meaning of July 4th to the Negro” by Frederick Douglas
  • MODULE 4: The Civil War and After 1860-1900
    Week 4 – Students will analyze the Population Changes; Social Welfare in the Rural South and Urban Problems; the Charity Organization Society and Settlement House Movements.
    Reading – Axin & Stern, Chapter 4; H. Zinn, Chapter 11 & 12
  • Gordon, L. (1977). Women and the Anti-Child Labor Movement in Illinois, 1890-1920. Social Service Review, 51(2), 228-248. 

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  • Carlton-LaNey (1999). African American Social Work Pioneers’ Response to Need. Social Work. 44(4), 311-321. 

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  • Week 5-   PRESENTATION #1
  • Reading- Platt, T. & Chandler S. (1988) Constant Struggle: E. Franklin Frazier and Black Social Work in the 1920s. Social Work (33) 

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  • Rodems, E. S., Shaefer, H.L., & Ybarra, M. (2011). The Children’s Bureau and passage of the Sheppard-Towner Act of 1921: Early social work macro practice in action. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 92(4), 358-363. 

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  • MODULE 5: Progress and Reform 1900 -1930
    Week 6– Students will examine Social Reform of this period, i.e., poverty and the working class
    Reading –  Axin & Stern, Chapter 5;  H. Zinn, Chapter 13 & 14
  • Costin, L (1983). Edith Abbot and the Chicago Influence on Social Work Educations. Social Service Review, 57(1), 94-111. 

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  • Week 7- Working conditions, women, work, and suffrage.
    VIDEO: Ironed Jaw Angels
    Reading- Kayser, J. A. (2004). The Bishop Tuttle school of social work and the life of Fannie Jeffrey: An oral history. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 10(1), 111-126. 

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  • Wright, H.(1954). Three Against Time: Edith and Grace Abbot and Sophonisba P. Breckinridge. Social Service Review. 28(1). 41-53. 

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  • MODULE 6: The Depression and the New Deal  1930- 1940
    Week 8– Students will examine the Hoover Response to Crisis, and FDR and the New Deal.  Social Security Act, Social Public Assistance, and the New Alignments in Social Welfare
    Reading – Axin & Stern, Chapter 6; H. Zinn, Chapters 15 & 16
  • Selmi, P. & Hunter, R. (2001). Beyond the Rank and File Movement: Mary van Kleeck and Social Work Radicalism in the Great Depression, 1931-1942. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. 28(2), 75-100. 

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    Audio: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address (3:39)
    Video: The Bonus Army (parts 1 – 3)

  • MODULE 7: War and Prosperity –1940’s –1968
    Week 9 – Students will examine population shifts, War time Economic and Social Advances, Veterans and the G.I. Bill, and Postwar Optimism.
    Reading – Axin & Stern, Chapter 7 pg. 217-232; H. Zinn, Chapter 17
    Audio: John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address (13:54)
  • Week 10-   Presentation #2
  • Reading-  Kaplan, C. (2002). An early example of brief strengths-based practice: Bertha Reynolds at the National Maritime Union, 1943-1947. Smith Studies in Social Work, 72(3), 403-416.

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  • MODULE 8: The War on Poverty and Civil Rights Movement –1960’s
    Week 11 – Students will examine the conditions and treatment of the poor in America. Students will review the War on Poverty Policies and Civil Rights Movement.  Video: MLK “I have a dream” speech (in-class)
    Reading – Axin & Stern, Chapter 7 pg. 232-247; H. Zinn, Chapter 18 & 19.
  • Miller, J. (2003). Create a Crisis and Pray: A Narrative Interview with Richard Cloward. Journal of Community Practice, 11(1), 11-37. 

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  • MODULE 9: Conservative Resurgence and Social Change 1968-1992
    Week 12 – Students will examine the changing family patterns, challenging the welfare state.
    Reading – Axin & Stern, Chapter 8; H. Zinn, Chapter 20, 21 & 22
  • Brown, Gourdine, & Crewe (2011). Inabel Burns Lindsay: social work pioneer contributor to practice and education through a socio-cultural perspective. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 38 (1), 143-161.

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  • MODULE 10: Social Welfare and the Information Society: 1992-2011
    Week 13 – The economy: productivity, growth, and employment.  The fall and rise of health care reform; addressing poverty and dependency; welfare reform and immigration control.
    Reading – Axin & Stern, Chapter 9; H. Zinn, Chapter 23, 24 & 25.
  • Week 14- Presentation #3