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 […]

Peer Website Review + Birmingham: Preserving the Story of The Civil Rights Movement

Two-part Blog Post: Part 1: On your blog, name 3 changes you recommend for your peers’ website. Add a biography, so people know who they are hearing from! Add interesting titles to your blog posts, so that people know what they are about to read about and become interested in reading your posts! Great job with making your posts about course topics interesting and letting your voice shine through! Part […]

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 […]

NASW Day at the Legislature

For those who attended the Capitol experience: Write about 5 specific things you learned (or were reinforced) from the NASW Day at the Legislature and how you will use them to impact your work on a macro level in your career as a social worker. One of the NASW Code of Ethic’s core values is the importance of human relationships. Kara Joy Mckee offered a very sound piece of advice […]

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 […]

Allentown, PA: A Community That Took The High-Road

Choosing one of these three communities from your readings (Allentown, PA [Morse], post-Katrina New Orleans evacuees [Cortes], or Harmony Elementary in CA [Cortes]), describe one way the community was challenged as cited by the text and two ways the struggle positively impacted its growth. Once the Second World War was over, many cities and their communities were left vulnerable due to the decline for the need of steel. Communities such […]

Ideological Comparison

  Ideological Stance 1: Social Welfare Ideological Stance 2: Economic Policy Ideological Stance 3: Civil Rights Social Issue Stance 1: Reproductive Rights Social Issue Stance 2: Immigration Liberalism Yes; established welfare state (SSA, 1935) Keynesian Yes; expand civil rights Pro-choice Accept legal and illegal immigration; social supports extended to illegal residents Neoliberalism Moderately; similar to neoconservatism; focus more on workfare and human capital More laissez-faire Not against extending civil rights, […]

When a Community Changes You

Choose one of the statements below and expound upon your own ideas using at least one example by Morse (with proper citations): “Communities are not programmable or predictable” “Community evolves around three nexuses the: community of relationship, community of interests, and community of place.” “Building the capacity of people to frame and then solve their own problems is the critical vehicle for civic change and must be the overriding factor […]