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Assignment Three: Final Paper: Ideological Analysis of a Canadian Social Welfare Policy/Program

Instructions and Grading Guidelines

Weighting: 35%

Due date: See the Calendar (scheduled as a take-home final exam during the examination period).

Students will choose a Canadian social policy or social program and will identify which ideology the policy/program CURRENTLY embraces (based on the ideological elements that we discussed in class). Students will then discuss how policymakers would address the same social problem if an alternative ideology was embraced (again, using the ideological elements as your framework). For example, if you have chosen Employment Insurance, tell me what ideology EI currently embraces (i.e., neo-conservatism, liberalism, social democracy, Marxism, or Indigenous). Then tell me how policymakers would address the problem of unemployment, including the type of policy or program that they would create, if they adopted a different ideology (again, you are using the eight ideological elements as your framework.)

The final paper will include your revised Part I along with the ideological analysis of your selected social welfare policy or program. Your ideological analysis should be approximately 6-8 pages in length (3-4 pages per ideology) and should follow your revised Part I (except for the implications/relevance to social work, which would go now at the end of your paper). The entire final paper should be approximately 12-16 pages in total (double-spaced and not including references).

The format of the final assignment should be as follows:

Title page

Introductory paragraph

Description of the social problem

Description of the social welfare policy/program

Ideological analysis of the social welfare policy/program

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•Ideology that is embraced by the policy/program

•How policy/program would look if a different ideology was embraced

Implications or relevance to social work

Concluding paragraph

Reference page

Please refer to the General Instructions for all SWRK 1310 Papers for more information on the format of your papers.

Incorporation of Part I into the final assignment

•Student has made the suggested revisions to Part I

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Identification and analysis of the ideology that the selected social welfare policy/program embraces. Your rationale should be based on at least six (6) of the eight ideological elements discussed in the course.

• What is the view of human nature? How are clients portrayed or represented in the policy or program?

•What is the view of social problems? Why does your social problem occur according to policymakers?

•What is the view of the Nation-state? What is the role and responsibility of government?

•What are the political beliefs (e.g., who is or would be involved in the policy making or program development process? Why? Who is excluded and why?)

•What is the view of social welfare (e.g., this may be discussed when policymakers propose “solutions” to the problem)?

•What are the economic beliefs?

•What is the view of society?

•What are the social beliefs?

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How would the policy/program look if policymakers embraced an alternative or different ideology? Your rationale should be based on the eight ideological elements discussed in the course.

What is the view of human nature? How would clients be portrayed or represented in the policy or program?

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•What is the view of social problem? Why does your social problem occur according to policymakers?

•What is the view of the Nation-state? What is the role and responsibility of government?

•What are the political beliefs (e.g., who would be involved in the policy making or program development process? Why? Would anyone be excluded? Why?)

•What is the view of social welfare (e.g., what would policymakers propose as the “solution” to the problem)?

•What are the economic beliefs and how would this impact your policy/program?

•What is the view of society? How would this impact your policy/program?

•What are the social beliefs? How would this impact your policy/program?

Implications and relevance to social work

Students should include information about the relevance to social work that was originally included in Part I.

Additionally, students should briefly discuss how the particular ideologies affect social work practice? In other words, why would social workers care which ideology was adopted by policymakers?

Evidence of critical thinking

• Application (i.e., is able to apply ideological elements to social policy/program under study)

•Analysis (i.e., is able to compare and contrast the selected ideologies)

•Evaluation (i.e., is able to evaluate/assess/judge the selected ideologies as they apply to the social policy/program under study)

Mark: /5 Comments:

Paper is well-written and organized and adheres to assignment instructions.

•No spelling and grammatical errors

•Paper is properly formatted as per instructions (e.g., includes title page, introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph)

•Uses a professional tone (i.e., non-sexist or offensive language – see APA (6th Ed) for more information if necessary)

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•Adheres to proper format (i.e., 12 point font size only, standard 1 inch margins, double-spaced, pages are numbered)

•APA (6th Ed) is used in the citation of references in the body of text and includes a properly formatted reference page

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