Enacted Policies

Social justice problems may affect different populations in unique ways. Social workers must understand the special challenges that may arise when providing services and supports for these populations, as well as the policies that may address the social justice problems that impact them.

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following EPAs and practice behaviors:

  • EPA 2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.
    • PB 2.1.4.A: Recognize the extent to which culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create/enhance privilege/power.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 1. Analyze the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination that exist within a social justice problem and their impact on a specific population or subgroup.
        • 2. Articulate the ethical dilemmas or problems that surface when discussing a social justice issue, supporting rationale with a variety of scholarly sources.
        • 3. Analyze current, enacted policies that seek to address a social justice problem, supporting analysis with scholarly, peer-reviewed research.
        • 4. Analyze the feasibility and effectiveness of policies related to a social justice problem.
        • 5. Assess the impact policies related to a social justice problem have had on a specific population or subgroup.
  • EPA 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
    • PB 2.1.5.A: Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 1. Analyze the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination that exist within a social justice problem and their impact on a specific population or subgroup.
  • EPA 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
    • PB 2.1.5.B: Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 6. Discuss advocacy methods for a selected social justice problem.
  • EPA 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
    • PB 2.1.8.A: Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 1. Analyze the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination that exist within a social justice problem and their impact on a specific population or subgroup.
        • 3. Analyze current, enacted policies that seek to address a social justice problem, supporting analysis with scholarly, peer-reviewed research.
        • 4. Analyze the feasibility and effectiveness of policies related to a social justice problem.
        • 5. Assess the impact policies related to a social justice problem have had on a specific population or subgroup.

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION

The Exploration of Social Justice assignment due in this unit is in preparation for your course project. The purpose of this assignment is to explore a social justice problem that addresses a specific population or subgroup (for example, access to health care, access to social services, immigration, or veterans’ mental health and services). This should be a problem that presents current challenges for social workers providing services and support. You will need to investigate the various forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination within this social justice problem and identify policies that are currently enacted to address this problem. Ultimately, you will choose one of these policies to analyze as the topic for your federal policy analysis course project.

To ensure that this is a viable scholarly topic, explore the literature in your area of interest by doing article and book searches through Capella University Library databases and other electronic resources, including government, educational, and organizational Web sites. Exploring scholarly, respected literature will be the preliminary work for this project. The Library of Congress will be an invaluable resource for your research during this project.

ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

To complete this assignment:

  1. Choose a social justice problem that addresses a specific population or subgroup. Using the Capella library, government, educational, and organizational Web sites, find scholarly research about your topic.
  2. Analyze the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination toward a specific population or subgroup that exist within this social justice topic . What impact has oppression and discrimination had on the population?
  3. Articulate the ethical dilemmas or problems that surface when discussing your selected social justice problem. Use the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and the Social Work Speaks policy textbook to guide your analysis.
  4. Analyze the policy implications for this social justice problem.
    • Research and describe current, enacted policies that seek to address this social justice problem. These policies must be passed legislation that is currently in practice. Legislation can to be at the federal or state level, but ultimately your course project will require you to select a federal policy.
    • Analyze how feasibly these policies address the needs of the specific population/subgroup. Do the policies effectively address the social justice problem? Provide a rationale that includes scholarly, peer-reviewed research.
    • Assess the impact these policies have had on the specific population or subgroup. What policy constraints exist for this population?
    • Discuss advocacy methods for the selected social justice problem.
  5. Summarize how effective or ineffective the current policies are in addressing the social justice problem.

Submit your completed assignment by the end of the week.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The assignment you submit is expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting standards.
  • Cited resources: Minimum of five scholarly sources. All literature cited should be current, with publication dates within the past five years.
  • Length of paper: Four to six double-spaced, typed pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

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