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This course prepares students in the first semester of their graduate program in social work to enter the profession of social work with a solid understanding of the history of social work as a profession, and the history and current status of relevant laws and regulations that impact social work practice and social welfare policy. Students learn to recognize that every person has fundamental human rights, by studying the evolution of the concept of human rights historically and its relationship to evolving principles of social justice and human needs. Social workers understand that human rights and social justice, as well as social welfare and services, are mediated historically by policy and its implementation at the federal, state, and local levels. Students learn to recognize and understand the evolution of the historical, social, economic, organizational, environmental, and global influences that affect social policy at the national and state/local levels, as well as the large-scale social and environmental changes, including natural disasters, war, and economic dislocations that shape the nature of social policies. Students learn how social policies are embedded in social structures that take on a path dependent institutional nature that resists all but incremental changes except at unique historical junctures.