Advocacy Activity – Please, Let’s Not Allow The Handmaid’s Tale to Become a Reality

Women’s reproductive rights have been a hot button issue throughout history. The attack on the right for women to possess full autonomy in making decisions regarding their own bodies is very present in our society today. Though we have seen victories, it’s troubling how many setbacks women still continue to face on this topic. Women are under serious threat of being denied access to safe reproductive services. Furthermore, abortion services […]

The History of Housing in America and it’s Current Issues

Choose from housing, homelessness, or food policy. Trace historical roots (including at least 3 aspects or discrete pieces of legislation) and at least 2 current issues.   Historical Roots In 1937, the Housing Act was passed, which signified the very first time the federal government introduced any housing policies in the United States. The intended outcome of the Housing Act was to encourage more Americans to become homeowners, which would then, […]

American Justice System: Rehabilitate or Punish?

There are two main philosophies regarding crime and corrections: rehabilitation (trying to help reform prisoners so they don’t reoffend) and punishment (giving consequences to those who offend as punishment and also a deterrent against future criminals).  Based on what the book says, would you say the US has historically had a rehabilitative or punitive approach to crime?  Do you see this continuing or changing, based on current issues and trends? […]

U.S. Federal Drug and Mental Health Policy

How has U.S. federal drug and mental health policy positively and negatively affected mental health and substance abuse in the U.S.?  Use at least 2 policies for each (mental health and substance abuse) to defend your answer.   With the introduction of Mental Health Act of 1946, the United States began to recognize the issue of mental illness in the country and established the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) […]

Comparing and Contrasting the Switch from AFDC to TANF

Explain AFDC & TANF.  Discuss the ideological and political changes surrounding the switch from AFDC to TANF. Describe the differences & similarities between the two programs.     Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) originally began as just Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) as part of the Social Security Act of 1935. The objective was to support children within their own homes by offering financial assistance to their mothers. Once, […]

The Roles of the Voluntary and Private Sector in Social Welfare

Explain the role the voluntary and private sector have in social welfare.  Describe at least 2 benefits and 2 concerns relating to the voluntary sector and/or the private sector in general.    The voluntary sector is made up of non-profit or not-for-profit organizations, as it sounds, these organizations offer social services to the public without making a profit. These organizations rely heavily on government funding and private donations. Benefits The […]

Measuring Poverty & Unemployment in America

Discuss at least 2 ways poverty and unemployment are measured as well as how these measures affect pictures of poverty or unemployment.  [For example, would the poverty threshold or poverty guidelines measure higher?  How might this affect legislation regarding poverty.] Poverty Poverty in America is measured in two ways: the poverty threshold and the poverty guideline. The poverty threshold is also commonly known as the poverty line and is a […]

Ways to Study a Community

Referencing the Hardcastle article, please explain the 4 types of community studies (field work study, community power structure study, community analysis study, and problems and services study), using 2-3 sentences to describe each one.    Field work study – This type of study takes a holistic approach to gaining a better understanding of a community. Researchers utilize interviews with community members, as well as observations. When problems may arise in […]

Religious Roots and Clashes in Social Work

Trace the religious roots to social work and examine how social work and religion coalesce and/or diverge today. Make sure to point out at least 4 historical roots, 1 place of coalescing, and 1 divergent point in your analysis.    The field of social work has many roots that are tied into religion. These roots tend to be connected to Judeo-Christianity and their belief that the less fortunate members of […]

Phases of Policy Development & Advocacy Work

Your book identifies 4 stages in policy development:  formulation, legislation, implementation, & evaluation.  Describe each of these levels.  Also, using the Rocha, Poe, & Thomas (2010) article as well as your own ideas, identify 2 specific ways social workers or other concerned citizens could advocate at each of these levels.  You can use the same method twice, if you are specific as to how the activities would vary.   Formulation: This first stage in […]