The philosophical bases and historical development of social policy.  The impact of socioeconomic development in the capitalist and third world countries on social policy in the areas of population, family, migration, and social welfare.  Focus on the impact of social policies on social groups such as women, refugees, and children.  The role of social policy in providing protection to citizens from poverty, unemployment, sickness, old age, and exile.  The course will focus on selected cases in the Arab world.