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SOC 320 Week 1 DQ 1 Public Policy (Ash)

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Policy

Consider and explain the following statement, “Public policy is both what government does and what it does not do” (Theodoulou&Kofinis, 2012). 

What determines whether policy is enacted or not?

Who holds the power and authority to make and change public policy? 

Discuss public versus private concerns in relation to policy making and the government’s role in this process. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional information would you add to their comments regarding public policy? 

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SOC 320 Week 1 DQ 2 Republic or Democracy? “…and to the republic for which we stand…” (Ash)

For more course tutorials visit www.soc320.com Republic or Democracy? “…and to the republic for which we stand…” Review the Declaration of Independence and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, discuss republicanism and democracy in U.S. government. Explain what this means in regards to public policy, social issues and its effectiveness and efficiency. Do you feel that our current government structure very closely approximates the intent of the Founding Fathers? If not, should there or should there not be an effort to return to our origins? Why or why not? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional information or insights might you share with them? ----------------------------------------------


SOC 320 Week 1 Journal Reflections on Federal Environmental Policy (Ash)

For more course tutorials visit www.soc320.com Reflections on Federal Environmental 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 current major environmental issues?

How do you feel about related policies?

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 assignment? 

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

The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned during this course, particularly this week, and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this what you have learned this week to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment. However, you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and


punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entries. ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 2 Assignment Education in the United States (Ash)

For more course tutorials visit www.soc320.com Education in the United States Read Chapter 9 of The Policy Game: Understanding U.S. Policy Making, and watch Changing Education Paradigms (or read the transcript). Then, write a paper on the problem of education in the United States. Share your reactions to the concepts and perspective presented in the video. In your paper, address the following: Does every individual have the right of access to education? Why or why not? 

Do you think every individual has the right to the same kind of education (i.e., academic versus vocational)? Explain why. 

Who should be responsible for the provision of education, the federal or local government? Explain why. 

In your opinion, what needs to be done currently to improve our educational system? 


Also, discuss one policy that you feel has been instrumental in making positive changes in the provision of education either nationally or locally and explain your position. Your paper must be three to four pages in length. Begin your paper with an introduction, including a succinct thesis statement. Respond to all questions with critical thought. Conclude with a summary of your thesis and findings. Conclude summarizing your perspective and findings. Incorporate three to five scholarly sources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford University Library. Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. All sources must be properly cited in text, and your paper must include a separate title page and reference page. The Ashford Writing Center is located within the Learning Resources tab, on the left navigation toolbar. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment. ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 2 DQ 1 Policy Process Theories (Ash)

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Process

Theories

Describe the Stages-Heuristic theory of the policy process. What are the stages of policy development it includes? Discuss this theory and


compare it to the other dominant theoretical frameworks. Then, select one other theory and discuss its strengths and weaknesses as compared to the Stages-Heuristic framework. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional ideas or concepts would you recommend to them? What did you learn from them about policy theories? ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 2 DQ 2 Problem Identification and Agenda Setting (Ash)

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Identification

and

Agenda

Setting

Examine and evaluate the problem identification and agenda setting stages of the policy process in this week’s required reading assignment. Discuss the process whereby a problem ultimately ends up on an agenda to be discussed. Then, discuss the agenda setting process as it relates to education; how it came to be identified as a problem and what led to its


gaining enough attention so as to bring it to an agenda. Who was involved and what were their roles? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional steps would you recommend? ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 2 Journal Reflections on Education Policy (Ash)

For more course tutorials visit www.soc320.com Reflections on Education 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 this course. As you reflect this week, please discuss the following questions: 

What are the current major issues relating to education?

How do you feel about related policies?


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 assignment? 

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

The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned during this course, particularly this week, and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this what you have learned this week to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment. However, you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entries. ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 3 DQ 1 MADD Grassroots Movement to Policy (Ash)

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MADD:

Grassroots

Movement

to

Policy

Given that grassroots organizations often do not have the expertise, stature, or other resources of larger, more institutional stakeholders, what tools do grassroots organizations have that enable them to successfully influence policy? To what degree do you think MADD has changed over its history from a grassroots organization to a more institutional stakeholder? How does this change what it does or how it functions? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if anything, might you add to their understanding of grassroots movements and policy formulation and adoption? ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 3 DQ 2 Social Security (Ash)

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Security

Public surveys indicate that ž of younger Americans think that Social


Security is a “dead program.” What would make them have such a dim view? Does the strength of the American Association of Retired persons (AARP) play into this perspective? What are some alternatives to the program as it is now? Should alternatives be considered and why? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional information would you like to share with them about Social Security policy and reform? ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 3 Journal Reflections on Federal Welfare Policy (Ash)

For more course tutorials visit www.soc320.com 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: 

What are the major current federal welfare issues?


How do you feel about related policies?

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 assignment? 

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

The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned during this course, particularly this week, and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this what you have learned this week to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment. However, you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entries. ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 4 DQ 1 Lobbying (Ash)

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Lobbying It is often said that lobbying is both an art and science. Imagine that because of your knowledge of the legislative process, you have decided to become more active in attempting to influence the legislative process. First, identify a current legislative issue being considered for policy adoption. Search for this information at The Library of Congress THOMAS. Then, specify what your legislative goals are with respect to this proposed legislation: 

Stop or kill it

Change it

Ensure its adoption as is

What kinds of strategies will you implement in order to achieve your goal? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional information would you recommend to increase their understanding of policy adoption and the lobbying process? ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 4 DQ 2 Health Care Reform Explained (Ash)


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Care

Reform

Explained

Watch Health Reform Hits Main Street: The YouToons Explain the New Health Law. Then, review the information available at Illustrating Health Care Reform: How Health Insurance Coverage Will Work. Identify and discuss three different groups of people and how they will be impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Do you feel that more people will benefit or that more will suffer as a result of this policy? Defend your position using critical thought. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional insights would you share with your classmates regarding the new health care policy? ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 4 Journal Reflections on Health Care Policy (Ash)


For more course tutorials visit www.soc320.com Reflections on Health-Care Policy Watch Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy? 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 healthcare issues and policies (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - 2010)? 

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How do you feel about the new health care policy?

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

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What were your thoughts prior to this week’s readings?

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

The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned during this course, particularly this week, and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this what you have learned this week to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment. However, you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts.


Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entries. ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 5 DQ 1 Obama and Romney on Immigration (Ash)

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and

Romney

on

Immigration

Watch Obama and Romney Debate Each Other’s Immigration Policy (2012 Presidential Debate #2). As a supporter of one side of this issue, identify the points made by the presidential candidate that most closely represents your perspective. Discuss policy changes that you would like to see and why? Would this require change, reform, or termination of current policy? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional insights would you present to your classmates on differing perspectives related to immigration? Obama and Romney on Immigration


Watch Obama and Romney Debate Each Other’s Immigration Policy (2012 Presidential Debate #2). As a supporter of one side of this issue, identify the points made by the presidential candidate that most closely represents your perspective. Discuss policy changes that you would like to see and why? Would this require change, reform, or termination of current policy? ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 5 DQ 2 Policy Termination (Ash)

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Termination

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) 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. Using DADT as an example, 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? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your


points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional insights would you share with your classmates regarding change and termination of public policy? ----------------------------------------------

SOC 320 Week 5 Journal Reflections on Federal Immigration Policy (Ash)

For more course tutorials visit www.soc320.com 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 welfare issues?



How do you feel about related policies?

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? 

The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned during this course, particularly this week, and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this what you have learned this week to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment. However, you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entries. -----------------------------------------------------


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