Paper #1-UNIT I. Defining Social Welfare Policy and the Social Welfare System


I have a “Mini Paper” due on 9/11 for a Social Policy and Welfare class. In the Sylabus you can find the links to each of the source that you will need (which is attached). I have alsos attached the one document that is a full chapter for The Definition of Social Welfare Policy.

The paper should be writern in APA style, 4-5 pages below you can find the questions that need to be answered. You can answer the questions separately or integrate them into a single essay as long as you cover all the points.

UNIT I.  Defining Social Welfare Policy and the Social Welfare System (EP2-1-5)  
This unit provides descriptive information about basic social welfare programs and concepts with which you may or may not be familiar. Review to get acquainted with these programs and concepts as they will be referenced throughout the course.

1.  Based on the Midgley and Social Welfare Concepts power point, write a brief definition of social welfare policy that makes sense to you at this point. Distinguish between the Institutional and Residual Models, and Universal and Selective programs, providing definitions and examples of each.
2. What do the articles by Carten and UN Women add to our understanding of social welfare policy?
3. The core of the US social welfare system consists of (a) Social Insurance programs (Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Medicare, etc.) and (b) Public Assistance programs (AFDC/TANF, Food Stamps (SNAP), & Medicaid etc.). The Social Insurance and Public Assistance programs serve different populations and represent very different social welfare philosophies. Which programs are Institutional, and which are Residual?
a)     Drawing on the articles by Tussing, Mettler and Abramovitz, discuss why Social Insurance programs are more popular than Public Assistance programs. Include several specific ways that Tussing distinguishes between these two types of programs in term of ideas, who is served, language, etc. What do Mettler and Abramovitz add to this? Based on this information discuss the key program characteristics that make social insurance more popular that public assistance.

b)     After you understand the difference between social insurance and public assistance programs, ask someone you know (who is not otherwise informed about social welfare policy) what they think about “Social Security” (social insurance) and “welfare” (public assistance) and why? How did their comments compare to observations by Tussing and Mettler? (Don’t tell them what you’ve read until after you heard from them.)
4. Review the materials on Human Rights.  What connection do you see between Human rights (especially articles 22, 23, and 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)) and what you know at this point about US welfare state programs. Similarities? Differences?
5. Identify two facts, statements, or points about social policy found in the readings that either surprised, interested, or disturbed you and indicate why.