Project #27142 - Midterm

Midterm assignment

Your midterm must be typed and at least 7-10 pages long. Please number all questions. Citations and reference list [APA style] must be included.


In this assignment, the unit of analysis is a social problem. Choose adomestic or international social problem of your choice [see list below, your reader, and the reference list at the end of this outline for some suggestions]:


AIDS/ HIV         Gambling                                 Mental Illness                                    Sex trafficking

Poverty               Lack of health insurance         Homelessness                                     Crime

Child/ Sexual Abuse                                 Unwanted pregnancy/ children                  Delinquency

Elder Abuse                                     GLBT/ racial discrimination                         Hate crimes

Alcohol/ Substance Abuse                    Income inequality                             Workplace hazards/abuse

Hunger                                                     Disease                                              Environmental illness

Immigration/ Undocumented workers       Wife Abuse                                         Unemployment


Then answer the following:

Question 1 satisfies course objective 1:

·      Describe the historical, theoretical and ideological contexts of social problems.


1)    Question 1 requires the completion of a matrix (50 points) which will include two distinct periods in history [a row for each period] when the problem of your choice (re)emerged in society and was explained and addressed in some way. The matrix answers:

·      How was the problem constructed [framed] during each of these periods? What claims were made and who was making them?

·      How was the problem explained [which theories/ explanations dominated]?

·      What population(s) was particularly affected by this problem?

·      What policies or interventions were generated to address the problem during each of these periods? 

·      What new problems did these policies generate?



Identify two periods in time.




How was the problem defined during these 2 periods?



Populations affected

Which groups were most affected by this problem and how were they affected?



Explanations/ Theories:

What were the prevailing ideological perspectives and/ or social/psych-ological  theories supporting these typifications?


What individuals/ groups drew attention to this problem during each period?

Were they Conservative, Liberal, Radical,  Feminist?

Policy response or perceived solution:

How was the problem actually addressed or not addressed each time? (Did the policy have a name?)

New problems:

What new problems arose out of each of these policies?



Question 2 satisfies course objective 3:

·      Identify the forces impeding social and economic justice for disadvantaged populations, [including women, the aged, the poor, children and youth, the disabled, homosexuals, etc.]


2) Class, status and diversity issues: (20 points: each question is 3 points)

How wide is the scope of this problem [how many people does it affect?] What role did racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, etc. play in facilitating or preventing this problem from getting recognized? What influence did class have on this problem? Was the problem defined the same way for rich and poor? Are the remedies proposed the same for rich and for poor? Why or why not? 


 Question 3 satisfies course objective 2:

·      Assess the political strategies utilized by stakeholders [or participating affected populations] to influence problem definition and policy responses.


3) Claimsmaking activities: (20 pts)

From your matrix, discuss in greater detail the social movements or claims-makers that were particularly influential in raising consciousness about the problem during these two periods. Were these groups/ movements Conservative, Liberal, Radical, Feminist, or other? How successful were they? Were there competing claims between groups that helped or hindered the problem from being addressed?  [Please do not identify politicians that championed certain problems/ policies, as they, like the government in general, seldom act alone as the primary claims-makers. Try to find out who or what special interest groups lobbied them to act.]


Question 4 satisfies course objective 7

·      Demonstrate application of NASW’s code of ethics and ethical reasoning to policy analysis and practice.


4)The role of social work: (10 pts)

Did social work have any involvement with this problem during these time periods? What role [if any] did they have in drawing attention to or responding to this problem during these two periods? Was NASW, CSWE or any other social work organization involved? Was the profession’s approach to the problem conservative, liberal, radical, or feminist? In your opinion, did social work do all it could to effectively mobilize attention to or respond to the problem during these time periods? Explain.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 04/09/2014 02:00 pm
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