This seminar provides a foundation and overview for students interested in understanding the intersection between social work and political science. The readings bring together political science theory and scholarship as they relate to contemporary social work and social welfare issues. Topics, chosen to illustrate the intersection of the two fields and to bring together faculty from both schools, may include poverty, social mobilization, and comparative politics. Beyond the joint Political Science/Social Work students, the course is expected to attract joint Social Work/social science students from other disciplines, as well as graduate students in economics, public policy, sociology, psychology, and other fields. The course will include activities such as guest speakers, work in-progress discussions, readings, and presentations.