Week 8 – Signature Assignment: Examine a Social Problem for a Specific At-Risk Population

Understanding the Concept of Community

As your examination of human behavior and the social environment ends this week, it is important to explore the influence of community on an individual’s well-being. Community, by definition, refers to social units and systems that function in an attempt to meet individuals’ needs to survive everyday life. This interrelationship fosters a sense of belonging and assists an individual in creating and sustaining a sense of identity.

So how does community fit into social work?

Pray (1947) noted that at its root, social work’s role is to help individuals successfully and healthily navigate interactions with their social environment (i.e., community). Social workers generally specialize in one of several areas: working with children and families, working with individuals, and working within institutions such as corrections or medical settings. These all involve engaging with individuals in micro, mezzo, or macro settings, casework, group work, and community organization. Regardless of the work setting, the aim is to help individuals overcome issues that are affecting well-being.

Be sure to review this week’s resources carefully. You are expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.

Reference:

Pray, K. L. M. (1947). When is community organization social work practice? Community organization: Its nature and setting. New York: American Association of Social Workers. 

 

Books and Resources for this Week

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Shifting Paradigms in Essential Knowledge for Social…
  • Pray, K. L. M. (1947). When is community organization social work practice? Community organization: Its nature and setting. New York: American Association

Week 8 – Signature Assignment: Examine a Social Problem for a Specific At-Risk Population

This week, you will submit your Signature Assignment. Your professor has provided feedback on the Annotated Outline you prepared for Week 6 and this should assist you in completing your final paper.

Begin by providing an overview of the social problem with which a social worker may be involved. As part of this overview, explain how elements of human rights and social justice intersect with this social problem.

Next, discuss the specific population you have chosen for focus on for this assignment. Describe and analyze characteristics of this population such as ethnicity, health concerns, and socioeconomic class.

Explain the implications of this problem on the developmental phase of life (i.e., infancy and early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, adulthood, or late adulthood) that you have previously selected. Your explanation should examine how an intervention, or lack thereof, might affect the individual’s life course trajectory.

Once you have presented the social problem and the selected population, explain how your studies and experience as a social worker will assist you in advocating for your clients who face this problem.

Support your assessment of human behavior in social environments by drawing upon at least five scholarly works in the discipline of social work.

Length: 10-12 pages, not including title and reference pages

Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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