policy analysis skills by completing a critical analysis of an existing California State law that impacts an oppressed group.

SW 505 – Fall 2018 – Social Policy Paper – Rubric
Assignment #3: Social Policy Paper. (30 points) – Due 11-03-18 (12:00pm)

My paper will be based on Assembly Bill 167/216
The purpose of this assignment is to enable students to develop policy analysis skills by completing a critical analysis of an existing California State law that impacts an oppressed group. The paper addresses descriptive and critical analysis issues related to problem definition, goals/objectives, values and consequences of the law. Students are asked to provide their rationale for and criteria used for proposing recommendations for policy changes. Students are required to substantiate their claims with facts and evidence from the professional literature and research. Students are required to use the “Policy Analysis Framework” in Jimenez, et al. (2014), pp. 25-28 to fully analyze their selected California State law in a 5- 7 page (excluding references), typed, double-spaced paper that follows APA guidelines for citations and references. Students will describe each section of the analysis and support their analysis with references from the literature and additional resources.
Spelling and grammar must be correct and the paper must flow in a manner that is easy to understand. Please submit the paper electronically to: chad.costello@csulb.edu
Sections of the analysis will be weighted differently based on the following table:
Question(s)
Points Poss
Points Rec
Comments
What is/are the problem(s) to be solved by the legislation/bill in the most fundamental terms?
4
What is the history of the problem(s)?
3
What are the various theories about the causes of the problem(s)?
Based on the above, what do you think is/are the most important causes of the problem(s)?
2
What are the stated objectives of the policy legislation/bill?
What do you think might be the covert (unstated) objectives of the legislation/bill?
4
What are the values underlying the policy legislation’s/bill’s stated objectives?
What values are revealed by the covert objectives of the legislation/bill?
2
What did the policymakers expect would be the result of the policy legislation/bill?
2

SW 505 – Fall 2018 – Social Policy Paper – Rubric
Who are the direct targets of this policy legislation/bill (the population at whom the policy legislation/bill is aimed – describe them in terms of size and other demographic characteristics)?
2
Who are the indirect targets of this policy legislation/bill (other populations who may have been or will be impacted)?
2
What are the effects the policymakers intended (both short-range and long- range)?
2
What are the effects that the policymakers did not foresee (both short-range and long-range)?
2
Are there any changes in the distribution of material resources, including income and other tangible benefits as a result of the policy legislation/bill for direct or indirect target groups?
1
Are their any changes in services, rights, or statuses as a result of the policy legislation/bill?
1
What alternative policies (could be additional legisaltion/bill or possibly something else) would address the social problem discussed in the policy analysis more effectively while advancing social justice?
1
Overall organization, grammar, spelling, etc.
2
TOTALS
30
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