believe it took or is taking for them to do it. Mid-Term Exam Writing Assignment due Monday, October 10, 2016:
Based on our discussion in class about the four unspoken premises that underlie social welfare policy, write a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) single-spaced pages that address the following three (3) things:
(1) Your views, thoughts and feelings about these premises and what they mean for you and your professional career choice to be a social worker. Given these premises and the injustices and inequalities they create in society, what drives you, and even what compels you, to be a social worker? Are you driven? Are you compelled? If so, why? If not, why not?
(2) As you , how do you see yourself being an agent of change, someone making a positive difference and having a meaningful impact on and within the current social context in which you live and work given these premises? How will it require you "to be" in order to be a positive change agent? (Please note that I am not asking you to tell me about what you will do or have action-wise or otherwise; but rather, about what it will require of you personally--your inner self (heart, mind, body, soul and spirit)
(3) Name an African American social worker-either deceased or living--whom you admire and appreciate the positive difference he or she has made in the field of social work despite these four premises that underlie social welfare policy. Share specifically what this person did or is doing to make a difference and what you
"Social Welfare Policy" by Ronald B. Dear, in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, 19th Edition, Washington, DC: NASW Press, 1995, pp. 2226-2237
Public social welfare policy is the mechanism used by governments to distribute limited resources. [All human/social services entities are determined, developed, shaped & impacted by public social welfare policy.] Four premises, often unarticulated, underlie th[e] concept of social welfare policy.