Describe the program or service in a well-formulated paragraph (Note: here you are discussing a service/program within an agency, not the agency as a whole). What is your relationship to it? Where is it located? What is its primary purpose? Whom does it typically serve? What are the main activities that it engages in to fulfill its purpose? What is, or could be, the role of social workers with the program?
***Select TWO of the three sections below. Respond to the questions only in those two section.***
Analyze the program using concepts from the macro-systems theories in class. First, discuss the purpose of the program and its primary activities from the perspective of social control and then from the perspective of social change. Make sure this discussion demonstrates your explicit understanding of these concepts, and formally cite course readings and online materials in your response.
Describe in your own words the primary insights of symbolic interactionism. According to symbolic interactionism, through what processes is the program or service likely to achieve its intended outcomes? Make sure to cite at least two specific concepts from this area of theorizing (e.g., labeling, culture, social nature of the self, stigma) that tie together your description of the theory, as well as its application to the focal program. Make sure to incorporate links to at least two of the course materials in this section.
Describe the program or service from a developmental life course perspective by answering the following two questions. In what ways does it seek to change individuals’ life course developmental trajectories? How do historical factors affect the organization’s ability to achieve its goals? For each question, draw in evidence regarding how so and/or how not, and formally cite course readings and class sessions to ground your analysis.
***All students must respond to the promp for section #4 below.***
Frame what the program aims to achieve through a risk and resilience framework. Carefully select a research article (within the past 5 years) that provides empirical evidence of how the program seeks to promote resilience among its specific client population (e.g., children at risk because of a developmental disability). Briefly describe the method that you used to find this article (making it clear that you did not simply select the first one that appeared when doing a Google search), why it is relevant to the focal program, and its implications for framing the importance of the program. Cite the article through an in-text citation using APA style, and include the citation information using APA style in a reference list.