Unit 2.3 DB: Submit Your Topic of Choice for Policy Paper

Unit 2.3 DB: Submit Your Topic of Choice for Policy Paper
NOTE: Participation in the week with others is required in the discussion forum.
In this discussion, submit a thread (300 or more words) sharing the policy topic you would like to write about for the paper that is due in Unit 7. This topic should be of importance to you; this will help in writing your paper.  Be sure to include two reasons why there is a problem with this social welfare policy.  Provide helpful feedback to at least two of your peers for your responses.

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For ideas on topics, see the listed topics below or refer to:

Hoover Institution

Brookings Institute

Chapter 4 of the textbook

Box 4.8 from pages 109-113 contains policy research websites

Ideas for this policy paper topics include, but are not limited to:

Policy for women and children
Policy for LGBTQ
Income security and the policies that include retirement, disability, death, and unemployment
 TANF and drug testing
Social Security
Education (e.g. Head Start and free tuition)
Mental health treatment and incarceration
Poverty
Child abuse and protection

 For this policy paper, you will select a social welfare policy problem of personal interest and conduct a search of the available literature (with emphasis on peer-reviewed journal articles) surrounding the selected policy problem. This paper must be written in APA 6th edition format, which includes a title page, body of at least 5 full pages and a maximum of 8 pages, and a reference page(s). 
Ideas for this policy paper topic include but are not limited to:
 1. Policy for women and children 
2. Policy for LGBTQ 
3. Income security and the policies that include retirement, disability, death, and unemployment 
4. TANF and drug testing 
5. Social Security 
6. Education (e.g. Head Start and free tuition) 
7. Mental health treatment and incarceration 
8. Poverty 
9. Child abuse and protection 
Requirements You must use at minimum 3 scholarly resources for this policy paper. Wikipedia, Ask.com, and other non-scholarly sources of information will not be accepted. If you are in doubt about the reliability of a resource, ask your instructor. 
Topics that must be addressed in this policy paper include 
1. Brief introduction to the policy problem; 
2. History of social welfare policy in this area; 
3. Alternative proposals to address this problem (a minimum of two alternatives must be included); 
4. Rational policy analysis of the alternatives; 
5. Political ramifications of each alternative; 6. Summary/conclusion. 
Deliverables 
Unit 2 In the unit discussion, submit a thread (300 or more words) sharing the policy topic you would like to write about for the paper that is due in Unit 7. This topic should be of importance to you; this will help in writing your paper. Be sure to include two reasons why there is a problem with this social welfare policy. Provide helpful feedback to at least two of your peers for your responses. 
For ideas on topics, see the listed topics above or refer to the following resources: _ Hoover Institution: http://www.hoover.org/ 
HSV260 – Social Welfare Policy Paper _ Brookings Institute: http://www.brookings.edu/ _ Chapter 4 of the textbook o Box 4.8 from pages 109-113 contains policy research websites 
Unit 3 
You will submit your Information Literacy assignment which will include 3-5 scholarly sources using the provided template. For this assignment, you will need to address the following: _ Resource in APA Format: Cite each source using proper APA format. _ Summary of the Resource: Each source must be described in about 150 words that addresses the main ideas, credibility, and reliability of the source. _ How This Article Relates to Paper Topic: In a short description, share how this resource connects to the topic you will be exploring for your Policy Paper in order to justify your selection of this article. 
Unit 5 
In Unit 5, you will submit your Policy Paper Reflection Assignment. This is a one-page reflection about the policy paper you have been working on this term. This assignment will allow you to check-in with your instructor and get some helpful feedback before submitting your final paper in Unit 7. In your own words, provide a brief summary of the following: _ The policy problem you are writing about this term _ Two alternative proposals you are suggesting to address this problem _ The political ramifications of your suggested alternative _ Any confusion or questions you may have about the assignment! This is your opportunity to ask for any helpful hints or feedback. 
Resources are not required for this assignment! There is no need for a cover page or references with this assignment. While it is an informal assignment, remember to use a professional tone and summarize the ideas you plan to present in your final paper. 
Unit 7 You will submit your final paper. 
This paper must be written in APA 6th edition format, which includes a title page, body of at least 5 full pages and a maximum of 8 pages, and a reference page(s). Note: The title page and reference page(s) are not included in the 5 full – 8 page body length. This assignment must be submitted via SafeAssign in Word Document format. Refer to the following pages for the grading rubric.

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