Category Archives: SOC 320 (updated)

SOC 320 Week 5 Journal updated

SOC 320 Week 5 Journal updated

 

Reflections on Federal Immigration Policy. For your journal entry, you will explore aspects of your personal experience and/or beliefs regarding significant public policies and what you have learned in your readings. As you reflect, please address the following questions:

What are the major current federal immigration policy issues?

In your informed opinion, why is immigration policy such a controversial issue?

Describe at least two opposing viewpoints on federal immigration policy

What, if anything, has changed or is changing, and how does it affect you personally?

What were your thoughts prior to reading this week’s reading assignments?

How has your perspective been either reinforced or changed now that you are more informed?

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SOC 320 Week 5 Final Paper (Social Security) (2 Papers) updated

SOC 320 Week 5 Final Paper (Social Security) (2 Papers) updated

Your Final Paper is to be a comprehensive research study on one of the following public policy topics:

Environmental Concerns
Immigration
Health Care
Primary and Secondary Public Education
Social Security
Welfare
Your analysis of the topic will include:

The scope and nature of the public policy problem.

How the problem came to public and political awareness.

The evolution of related public policy.

Level of government and the actors involved.

The intergovernmental structure and political concerns.

Conflicting public opinion and impact on policy solutions.

The approaches to policy formulation, adoption, and evaluation.

The suggested policy direction (continuation, change or termination) and future impact.

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SOC 320 Week 5 Final Paper (Health Care) updated

SOC 320 Week 5 Final Paper (Health Care) updated 

Your Final Paper is to be a comprehensive research study on one of the following public policy topics:

Environmental Concerns

Immigration

Health Care

Primary and Secondary Public Education

Social Security

Welfare

Your analysis of the topic will include:

The scope and nature of the public policy problem.

How the problem came to public and political awareness.

The evolution of related public policy.

Level of government and the actors involved.

The intergovernmental structure and political concerns.

Conflicting public opinion and impact on policy solutions.

The approaches to policy formulation, adoption, and evaluation.

The suggested policy direction (continuation, change or termination) and future impact.

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SOC 320 Week 5 DQ 1 Policy Termination updated

SOC 320 Week 5 DQ 1 Policy Termination updated

 

Policy Termination. In this course you have covered the various stages of public policy from agenda setting to lobbying to implementation. The final stage you will examine in this discussion is policy termination, when a policy is repealed. There are many reasons that policy termination may occur, one of which is when sub-par policies are implemented based on the compromise of opposing factions. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) was an example of a public policy that was a compromise between the Clinton administration and its opponents in Congress and the military. Compromise sometimes yields good policy, but sometimes it produces internally inconsistent and counterproductive policy. The LGBT Rights social movement worked hard to repeal this policy, even though many in the government and the military were not ready to remove the policy.

For this discussion, review the required resources and using DADT as an example please address the following:
What do you see to be the potential strengths and weaknesses of policy borne of compromise?
The 18-year process of repealing DADT suggests that policy termination can be a lengthy process. Should policies be inherently difficult to terminate, especially those rooted in public attitudes?
Describe at least one direct (i.e. direct action against DADT) and one indirect (i.e., shifting cultural attitudes) way that the LGBT rights social movement supported the repealing DADT. ?

In general, how can a social movement help to implement or repeal a public policy? What is another example of a social movement implementing or repealing a policy?

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SOC 320 Week 4 Quiz updated

SOC 320 Week 4 Quiz updated

Question 1 Which of the following is not a critical question during the policy implementation process? 

Question 2 The programmed implementation model functions by 

Question 3 According to the authors, which of the following is one of the principles underpinning the founding of the U.S. health care system? 

Question 4 How does party affiliation, as a decision criterion, interact with constituency interests for legislative policy makers? 

Question 5 Policy formulation can best be described as the 

Question 6 Legal and institutional obstacles to implementation have to do with 

Question 7 Which of the following was a central objective of President Bill Clinton’s Health Security Plan and Act? 

Question 8 Which of the following is an example of an affirmative policy instrument? 

Question 9 What did the Kerr-Mills amendment to the 1960 Social Security Act do with respect to health care policy? 

Question 10 Information intelligence refers to the need for

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SOC 320 Week 4 Journal updated

SOC 320 Week 4 Journal updated

Reflections on Health-Care Policy. For your journal entry, you will explore aspects of your personal experience and/or beliefs regarding significant public policies and what you have learned in your readings. For this journal assignment review the following resources:

Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?
Health Reform Hits Main Street: The YouToons Explain the New Health Law.
Illustrating Health Care Reform: How Health Insurance Coverage Will Work.

As you reflect on these resources, please address the following questions:
What are the major current healthcare issues and policies in the United States today?
What is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – 2010? How did this policy change the health care system in the United States?
Describe one strength and one weakness of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – 2010.
How are you affected by healthcare policies in the United States? If you are not affected, why not?
What were your thoughts on the healthcare system in the United States prior to this week’s readings?

How has your perspective been either reinforced or changed now that you are more informed?

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SOC 320 Week 4 DQ 1 Lobbying updated

SOC 320 Week 4 DQ 1 Lobbying updated

 

Lobbying. When we refer to lobbying in United States politics, we are referring to the practice of organizations and corporations with special interests hiring well-connected professional advocates to influence legislation and policy making, usually directly with decision-making bodies such as the United States Congress.

For this discussion, read this article When Lobbyists Literally Write the Bill and review the Center for Responsive Politics list of top spenders on lobbying in 2015. Next, address the following:
Explain in greater detail what lobbying is and how it impacts the policy process from problem identification to agenda setting to policy implementation.

Critics argue that lobbyists have undue influence on the political process in the United States. Explain their reasoning behind this concern.
Do you think lobbying is a fair process and should be a part of the American political process?

Select one of the organizations or corporations from the Center for Responsive Politics list of top spenders on lobbying in 2015. Why would this organization/corporation employ a lobbyist? What is the benefit to the organization/corporation? Do you think this process is controversial? Why or why not?

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SOC 320 Week 3 Journal updated

SOC 320 Week 3 Journal updated

Reflections on Federal Welfare Policy. For your journal entry, you will explore aspects of your personal experience and/or beliefs regarding significant public policies and what you have learned in your readings. As you reflect, please address the following questions:
There are several federal welfare programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Section 8 Housing Assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid, among others. Pick two of these policies and describe:
What social problem they are intended to address
What population they serve
Assess the strengths and any issues of each program.
For each program, do you think it is working well? If so, why? If not, what alternative program would you recommend to address the same social issue?
What were your thoughts about federal welcome programs prior to reading this week’s reading assignment?
How has your perspective been either reinforced or changed now that you are more informed?

 

 

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SOC 320 Week 3 DQ 1 Social Security updated

SOC 320 Week 3 DQ 1 Social Security updated

Social Security. Public surveys, such as this Gallup Poll, indicate that the majority of younger Americans think that Social Security is a “dead program.” Please review the required resources for this week and address the following:
In your informed opinion, why do so many young people have such a dim view?
What are at least two ways that the existing Social Security program could be altered to make it sustainable long in to the future?
What are some alternatives to the program as it is now? Should alternatives be considered? Why or why not?

 

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SOC 320 Week 3 Assignment Thesis and Outline of Final Paper (Social Security)(2 Papers) updated

SOC 320 Week 3 Assignment Thesis and Outline of Final Paper (Social Security)(2 Papers) updated

Thesis and Outline of Final Paper. This assignment is to be a thorough outline, including components as detailed below, of your Final Paper.

Your Final Paper is to be a comprehensive research study on one of the following public policy topics:
Environmental Concerns
Immigration
Health Care
Primary and Secondary Public Education
Social Security
Welfare
Your outline of the topic will include:

The scope and nature of the public policy problem.

How the problem came to public and political awareness.

The evolution of related public policy. 

Level of government and the actors involved.

The intergovernmental structure and political concerns.

Conflicting public opinion and impact on policy solutions.

The approaches to policy formulation, adoption, and evaluation.

The suggested policy direction (continuation, change or termination) and future impact.

 

 

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