Social Problem Analysis Paper- 20% of grade
Students will demonstrate their ability to identify a social problem and provide a critical analysis of this social problem.
Social problems are defined by individuals and groups. “Acceptance of these definitions is based largely on the power of the definers (Popple & Leighninger, 2008, p. 126).” Kornblun & Julian (2009, p. 4) define a social problem as “when society reaches a consensus that a condition that affects some members has become a problem for the entire society, not just for those who are directly affected.”
(Social Problem Assigned: AUDISM – Deaf Community)
For this assignment, each student will identify a social problem, research the social problem, and write an analysis paper (4-5 pages) on the problem. Please be very specific about your social problem. Some examples of social problems could include food insecurity, teenage pregnancy, mental health, substance abuse, poverty, etc. Your paper should include a cover page and reference page that is not included in the required 4-5 page content. Your paper must include at least 3 in-text references from peer reviewed/scholarly articles. The paper should be written in APA and include the following components:
1. Provide a definition of the social problem to include the population that is most impacted, what states are most impacted by this social problem, and what this social problem looks like globally.- Provide statistics and somewhat of your understanding as to why this social problem exists. Discuss how long the chosen social problem has been an issue.
2. What individuals or groups have played a major role in defining and or influencing how the problem is defined? Describe any current events/issues/presidencies within the past 5 years that describe how this social problem has impacted the country, etc
3. What current programs/policies exist that help describe society’s response to the social problem
4. Within the five years, what have been society’s responses (legislation passed or amended) to deal with the social problem?
5. What theory (theories) help explain the social problem?
6. What are your thoughts and implications for social work practice that pertains to this social problem?