Study Guide FINAL

Study Guide FINAL - SW206:IntroductiontoSocialPolicy

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SW 206 : Introduction to Social Policy  Mid Term Exam (#1) Study Guide Exam #1 Study Guide This study guide is organized to walk you through the major themes, concepts, skills and facts that the course has been emphasizing in readings, lecture and discussion over the first 6 weeks of the semester. Page 1 (this page) presents a few overarching themes / concepts that pertain generally to the subject matter of this course and its objectives. After that the study guide proceeds chronologically, summarizing major themes; highlighting key terms and concepts; and emphasizing important statistical and other data and research findings. The Guide is divided into three parts: Part 1: “Social Justice and the Welfare State” reviews weeks 1 and 2. Part 2: “The Data on Poverty & Inequality” reviews week 3 and a bit of week 4 Part 3: “Causes of Poverty & Inequality: three views” reviews weeks 4 through 6. Overarching objective of the course: Constructing and articulating intellectually coherent positions with regard to various social policies and their related issues. In other words, the course should help students become “intellectually self-aware.” Eric argued there are three components necessary to forming coherent social policy positions. You’ve got to have: 1. A Moral Premise to your position (corresponds to view of social justice in table below) 2. Diagnosis of the problem (corresponds to explanations of poverty) 3. Assessment of the (policy) tools available (corresponds to views of government vs. markets and welfare states). Interestingly, views of social justice, diagnosis of problem, and assessing the tools available for policy tend to cluster around three General Political Orientations: a) Conservative; b) mainstream Liberal and c) Social Democratic. Views of… General Political Orientations Conservative Liberal Social Democratic Social Justice Indiviudualistic Redistributive Communal/Solidaristic The Welfare State Residual Mix Institutional Government in General (vs. “The Market”) Laisze Faire Poverty & Inequality ( really its “explanations of” rather than simply “views” Cultural of Poverty Human Capital and Discrimination Structural 1
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SW 206 : Introduction to Social Policy  Mid Term Exam (#1) Study Guide Part 1 Main Themes: A) The Nature and Conundrums of Social Policy; B) Views of Social Justice; C) Views of the Welfare State. Views of Social Justice: Three Basic Schools of Thought Solidaristic / Communal Associated most closely with the political views of Social Democrats (not big in America, but quite prominent in Europe). Values Equality over Efficiency / Growth, Liberty concerns more social than economic. Redistributive ( also referred to as “liberal individualist”) Associated mostly with political views of American Liberals Values MOBILITY over Efficiency and Equality. Seeks a balance btw Equality and Efficiency. Broad concept of liberty.
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