Social policy assignment Social Work. Social Policy and Administration is an academic subject concerned with the study of social services and the welfare state. It developed in the early part of the 20th century as a complement to social work studies, aimed at people who would be professionally involved in the administration of welfare. In the course of the last forty years, the range and breadth of the subject has developed. The principal areas relate to
- policy and administrative practice in social services, including health administration, social security, education, employment services, community care and housing policy;
- social problems, including crime, disability, unemployment, mental health, learning disability, and old age;
- issues relating to social disadvantage, including race, gender, poverty, labour and the economy; and
- the range of collective social responses to these conditions.
Social Policy is a subject area, not a discipline; it borrows from other social science disciplines in order to develop study in the area. The contributory disciplines include sociology, social work, psychology, economics, political science, management, history, philosophy and law.
The first component of the social policy assignment is choosing your topic from an existing policy or bill that is being considered by the current session of the Tennessee General Assembly. The policy or bill that is chosen should by one in the list of bills given for the semester (link). Students must then go to the TN Legislative website (link) and research their chosen bill. There is more information on how to look up bills using the TN Legislative website in this provided document.
Students will summarize the policy/bill (HBXXXX and/or SBXXXX), define the policy, give strengths and weaknesses for the policy (3-5 each side), address how at-risk populations and/or social workers are affected by the policy, reasons to support and/or recommendations to improve the policy (2-4), and address how the policy relates to the NASW core values.
The abstract must be brief and concise, with a maximum of 300 words. Feedback from the abstract submission will be given. Students can improve their abstract for the other parts of their Social Policy Assignment based on feedback given, however, the grade for the submission of the Social Policy Abstract will not be changed based on changes made in future submissions of other assignment components.