In practice, social workers engage with many programs drawn from federal polices to serve their clients. Those policies then have state or local variations that affect program delivery
Refer to the Policy Research Starter in the Learning Resources. These resources provide a start for finding information on the policies for this Quick Guide. However, you may need to do additional research.
Refer to the Social Welfare Policy: Search Tips site listed in the Learning Resources for tips on finding additional information. Also note that reputable non-profits and other organizations, some of which you will find throughout the Learning Resources in this course, can be good sources.
Explore these policies: (Social Security Act, Economic Opportunity Act, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act), Then briefly:
Explain how the policy is addressed at the federal, state, and local levels.
What programs were developed from this policy?
Reflect on how the policy affects or may affect your community, geographic area, or potential clients.
Then, address this unique prompt for this weeks Quick Guide:
Identify one opportunity for change for one of the policies.
Office of Family Assistance. (1996). TANF-ACF-PA-1997-01(Guidance concerning maintenance of effort, definition Assistance and other provisions in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996). U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/policy-guidance/tanf-acf-pa-1997-01-guidance-concerning-maintenance-effort-definition
HHS.gov. (n.d.). Programs that use the poverty guidelines as a part of eligibility determination. https://www.hhs.gov/answers/hhs-administrative/what-programs-use-the-poverty-guidelines/index.html
You will write a Social Issues Homework for this class and develop the work over the course of the semester. (Taken from The Sociology Students Writing Manual 6ed, (Johnson, Rettig, Scott & Garrison, 2010).
The purpose of this issue reaction work is to develop and sharpen your critical thinking and writing skills. Your objective in writing this type of work is to define an issue clearly and to formulate and clarify your position on that issue by reacting to a controversial statement. Minimum 5 sources academic peer reviewed. Please use APA formatting.
You have six tasks to address in order to complete the assignment.
1. Select a suitable reaction statement.
2. Explain your selection
3. Clearly define the issue addressed in the statement
4. Clearly state your position on the statement
5. Defend your position
6. Conclude concisely
Step One complete tasks 1-3 and get teachers approval – 1 page (5 points)
Step Two Produce an outline of your work – 1 page (5 points)
Step Three Completed work – 5-6 pages including the title page (15 points)
Answer the following question using concepts and lessons from class. The use of outside scholarly resources (articles, books, etc) for this assignment will be necessary. The recommended length is 500 words. Keep use of the first-person voice to a minimum. Use APA style for all citations and Works cited
1) Find the poverty rate in high quality academic or official sources (cite them) for at least two of the following and report your findings in your answer:
Asian Americans, 18 and younger Americans, Two states (your choice), La Jolla, CA
Latino/Hispanic Americans, Americans with an advanced degree (above bachelor’s),
Brazil, Disabled Americans, Singapore, African Americans, France, 65 and older Americans,
Zambia, New Zealand, Native Americans, Americans with no high school diploma
What are the mostly likely contributing factors to this rate? Use high quality evidence and reasoning to support your case. Avoid speculation or mere opinion.
How technology benefits patient care? What happens when technology is absent? Does technology increase the cost of care? Does technology increase the quality of care?
We often hear that Canada offers healthcare to almost all of its citizens and the citizens never have to pay when they seek preventive care. This is not the same case in the United States. What are the differences that allow places such as Canada to offer a model of healthcare that differs from ours? Canada has a socialized style of medicine. Is this style necessary superior over what is offered in the United States? and the both have websites that explain the systems further. Click on the links to learn more. Here are some interesting facts from your readings about the US and Canada (Lovett-Scott & Prather, 2014):
After reading about the Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation movements, you should have a solid understanding of women’s and African Americans’ critiques of the “American Dream” in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the context of the Cold War that helped launch both movements.
For this thread, I’d like you to choose either women’s liberation OR African American’s/Civil Rights groups and answer the following questions. (And yes, I realize that this isn’t a very intersectional approach, especially since women of color were often involved in both movements. Gay, lesbian and queer folks were also usually rendered invisible in these critiques. Feel free to address this in your posts if you’d like!)
But for now, choose one group and answer the following questions:
Both women’s libs groups AND civil rights groups protested the lack of economic, social and political equality that other (predominantly white, male) Americans had during the 1950s. What specific critiques did you find the most interesting, disturbing, important, etc.? Why?
Like any social movement, people utilized a variety of approaches and strategies in combatting social inequality and exploitation. What SPECIFIC techniques, criticisms, or tactics did you find interesting or successful(i.e., radical or liberal?) Why?
What did you learn about the relationship betweenconsumer culture/advertising/capitalismand your social movement?
Conclude with a discussion question (or maybe ask your peers to help you rethink some of your ideas?) so that folks can reply thoughtfully to your post!
You should engage with a minimum of two texts in your response. Your initial response should be thoughtful and engaged – this is a pivotal part of the class so please write a focused, clear and thoughtful response that engages directly with ideas/examples/arguments from the texts.