New York State requires that high school students take a semester of Politics and Government and a semester of Economics as a fourth year of Social Studies in their senior year. The State accepts a variety of options that fulfill the P&G requirement, one of which is community service. This Introduction to Social Work course will meet New York State requirements for graduation in that, in essence, it will be framed more as a social policy course than [therapeutic) social work, per se. In addition, this course will provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to learning experiences focused on serving others. Curriculum summary: This course will begin with a brief survey of the history of social work in this country and the formation of social policy. Selected topics will then include: Settlement House during the Progressive Era; Immigration; Poverty and Homelessness; Diversity and Social Justice; populations at Risk: racial minorities; women; children; the elderly; LGBT youth; and the disabled. Selected students will have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this course and 1 unit of [high school credit] Prerequisite: Successful completion of 10th and 11th grade social studies classes plus passage of BOTH New York State Regents exams: Global History it and United States History and Government.