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SSW160/161 (2013): Introduction to Social Welfare Policy   Tags: newdom, o'donnell, park, ross, social_policy, social_problems, social_work, ssw, ssw 160, summer13  

Summer 2013, F. Newdom, T. Ross, Y. Park, A. O'Donnell
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Social Problems: Background & Analysis Print Page

Policy Brief Assignment Details

An 8-12 page group  paper on a particular social problem is due the 10th class meeting of the first summer term. The problem will be used as the basis for group policy analysis in second term.

(SSW160 assignment details)


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Social Work Speaks book cover   book cover image of text (Jimenez)  Encyclopedia of Social Problems coverEncyclopedia of Social Work
Browse topics to find an overview & some academic references:

Social Work Speaks - NASW
Call Number: ref HV 88 N118 2012/2014
Policy Statements, useful if you'd like to browse policy areas for the major group assignment. Online Table of Contents may help you select a topic area. See the print source for complete information.

Encyclopedia of Social Work (4 vols.)
Call Number: ref HV 35 S6 2008
Browse for topics, for example: Social Problems, Addictions and Substance User, Health Care & Illness, Poverty, Adoption, or search for additional specific problem areas such as Mental Health Parity.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues (4 volumes)
Call Number: Ref HN 59.2 E343 2011
I-business & economy; II-criminal justice; III-family & society; IV-environment, science & technology

Encyclopedia of Social Problems (2 volumes)
Call Number: ref HN 28 .E55 2008
Partial search and preview available (including table of contents) in Google books.

Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare
Call Number: ref HV 40 .C635 2008
vol. 4, Social Policy & Policy Practice
[see table of contents]


Find background on Congressional action for policy issues

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher: Browse Reports by Topic  (1923+)
See sections such as: Education, Family and domestic life, Health, Housing, Social Services & Disabilities, etc.

CQ Press Public Affairs Collection

CQ Press Public Affairs Collection
Find policy overviews with references, and other information about legislation and U.S. federal policy

CQ Press Electronic Library

CQ Press Electronic Library
Search across all segments, including CQ Almanac, Public Affairs, Congress,and more. Find policy overviews with references, and other information about legislation and U.S. federal policy.


Specialized Reference Sources

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Addiction: A Reference Encyclopedia
Call Number: ref HV 5825 .P26 2010

Battleground: Immigration
Call Number: ref JV 6465 .B38 2009

Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America
Call Number: ref E 185.61 .E544 1998

Encyclopedia of Disability - (5 vols.)
Call Number: ref HV 1568 .E528 2006

Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence
Call Number: ref HV 6626 .E534 2007
..has a thematic list of entries, including "Domestic Violence & the Law" and others, with a section on understudied areas.

Encyclopedia of Homelessness
Call Number: Ref HV 4493 .E53 2004
...has entries on "Legislation, Programs, and Policies" & "Issues on Serving the Homeless," as well as history of legislation.

Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery - (2 vols.)
Call Number: ref RC 563.4 .E53 2009
Search and partial preview available in Google Books.

Poverty in America: An Encyclopedia
Call Number: ref HC 110.P6 L375 2008
Search and partial preview: Google Books

American Settlement Houses and Progressive Social Reform: - An Encyclopedia of the American Settlement Movement
Call Number: ref HV 4194 .B37 1999

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