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Module 4 Assignment (original)
Read Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8 in: Barusch, Amanda S. (2021). Foundations of Social Policy: Social Justice in Human Perspective. 6th Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning
Review the Power Points for chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8
Answer two of the following questions in 2-3 pages (total, for both questions) using Word. Follow the instructions on the syllabus for font, margins and citation style, etc.
Question 1: Consider the three conditions that facilitate collective action to address individual problems. The events of the Great Depression led many Americans to see poverty as an individual problem with “uncertainty of moment and magnitude.” Does this view still hold? Do any of these conditions play a role in contemporary debates about welfare reform? Should they? Does poverty in the United States have any “external effects”?
Question 2: Which of the philosophical conceptions of social justice presented in Chapter 1 is most influential in the structure of the U.S. welfare effort?
Question 3: The effectiveness of the immunizations developed and distributed by public agencies advanced public acceptance of government provision of health care. This technological advance enhanced the stature of public health tremendously. Has there been any comparable development in the field of social welfare?
Question 4: The treatment of mental illness has changed significantly over the last 200 years. What do you think has been the most impactful change? Review the “Emerging Issues” section in chapter 7. What do you think is the most important issue presented? Are there other issues that you feel are equally or more important? What issues do you think need to be addressed related to children’s mental health?
Question 5: The 1996 decision to deny SSI and DI benefits to addicts reflects a belief that they should assume personal responsibility for their disability. Can you think of other situations where the cause of a disability might be used to deny coverage (i.e., to enforce personal, as opposed to collective, responsibility)?
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M4: Suggested Resources
Achenbaum,W.A. (1986). Social Security: Visions and Revisions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bernikow, L. (1997). The American Womens Almanac: An Inspiring and Irreverent Womens History. New York: Berkeley Books.
Binstock, R. H., & Post, S.G. (Eds.). (1991). Too Old for Health Care: Controversies in Medicine, Law, Economics and Ethics. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Danziger, S., & Gottschalk, P. (1995). America Unequal. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
DEmilio, J.,Turner,W. B., & Vaid,U. (2000). Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights. New York: St. Martins Press.
Deparle, J. (2004). American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nations Drive to End Welfare. New York: Viking Books.
Dobash, R. E., & Dobash, R. P. (1992). Women, Violence and Social Change. London & New York: Routledge Press.
Estes,C. L., Swan, J. H., & Associates. (1993). The Long-Term Care Crisis: Elders Trapped in the No-Care Zone. Newbury Park,CA: Sage Publications.
Garrett, L. (2000). Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. New York: Hyperion Press.
Harrington, M. (1984). The New American Poverty. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston. Katz, M. (1989). The Undeserving Poor. New York: Pantheon Books.
Hoff, J. (1991). Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women. New York: New York University Press.
Hudson, R. B. (Ed.). (1997). The Future of Age-Based Public Policy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Kilty, K. M., & Segal, E. A. (Eds.). (2006). The Promise of Welfare Reform: Political Rhetoric and the Reality of Poverty in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Haworth Press.
Kingson, E. R., & Berkowitz, E.D. (1993). Social Security and Medicare:A Policy Primer. Westport, CT:Greenwood Publishing Group.
Kozol, J. (1991). Savage Inequalities: Children in Americas Schools. New York: Crown.
Navarro,V. (Ed.). (2002). The Political Economy of Social Inequalities: Consequences for Health and Quality of Life. Amityville,NY: Baywood Publishing.
Rhode, D. (1989).Justice and Gender: Sex Discrimination and the Law. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Richards,D.A. J. (1999). Identity and the Case for Gay Rights: Race,Gender, and Religion as Analogies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Richardson, V. E., & Barusch, A. S. (2006). Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-First Century: A Social Work Perspective. New York: Columbia University Press.
Schulz, J. H. (1995). The Economics of Aging (6th ed.). Westport, CT: Auburn House.
Specht, H., & Courtney, M. (1994). Unfaithful Angels: How Social Work Has Abandoned Its Mission. New York: Free Press.
Trattner, W. I. (1989). From Poor Law to Welfare State: A History of Social Welfare in America (4th ed.). New York: Free Press.
www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html (Links to an external site.) Maintained by the Bureau of the Census, this site is a good starting point for up-to-date information on poverty in the United States.
http://www.faireconomy.org/ (Links to an external site.) This site is operated by United for a Fair Economy (UFE), an organization devoted to polices that reduce inequality in the United States. UFE is grounded in the belief that our country would be a far more democratic, prosperous, and caring community if we narrowed the vast gap between the very wealthy and everyone else. The UFE website offers an introduction to the organization and provides position papers on issues.
www.urban.org (Links to an external site.) Operated by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit organization, this site provides reports on social and economic problems.
www.cmwf.org (Links to an external site.) This site is maintained by The Commonwealth Fund, a foundation interested in health care issues. It offers some excellent reports on current policy issues.
www.cms.hhs.gov (Links to an external site.) This is the site for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Here you will find general information about these programs, as well as statistics and material on current policy developments.
www.who.int (Links to an external site.) Maintained by the World Health Organization, this site is a good starting point for international comparisons.
www.ssa.gov (Links to an external site.) Maintained by the Social Security Administration, this site offers outstanding historical material on the act as well as the opportunity to subscribe to a free e-mail newsletter that gives updates on news affecting Social Security.
http://www.dol.gov/wb/ (Links to an external site.) Maintained by the Womens Bureau in the U.S. Department of Labor, this site offers information of interest to working women, not only in the United States, but around the world.
www.pay-equity.org (Links to an external site.) This site is maintained by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), which acts as a clearinghouse for pay equity news and information. The site offers NCPE publications and updates on data and activities having to do with fair wages.
www.now.org (Links to an external site.) The National Organization for Women provides an astonishing array of information through its website. Visitors to the site can sign up to receive NOW action alerts.
www.owl-national.org (Links to an external site.) This site is home to the national office of the Older Womens League. It is an outstanding source of information on policy issues of importance, not just to older women but to women of all ages.
www.aarp.org (Links to an external site.) The official site of the American Association for Retired Persons, this is a goldmine of information about aging. AARPs legislative issues link provides up-to-date information about issues that affect the elderly.
www.agingsociety.org (Links to an external site.) This is the site of the National Academy on Aging, a policy institute operated by the Gerontological Society of America (www.geron.org).The Academys mission is to promote education, research, and public understanding on issues that affect the elderly. Its publications are well balanced and carefully researched.
http://www.aoa.gov/ (Links to an external site.) Maintained by the U.S. Administration on Aging, this site is an excellent source of information on programs funded under the Older Americans Act.
www.hrc.org (Links to an external site.) The Human Rights Campaign is dedicated to promoting gay and lesbian rights. Their website offers action alerts and access to HRC publications. It is searchable.
www.ngltf.org (Links to an external site.) The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is a leader in the struggle for gay rights. Their site provides news and issue alerts, as well as publications that offer useful background material on target issues.
http://transgenderlawcenter.org/ (Links to an external site.) The Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.