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Canadian Social Policy Student Journal

Every year 60 students at TRU take SOCW 3000 Canadian Social Policy course and four best papers that students submit for publication are included in Canadian Social Policy Student Journal.

Volume 1: 2017-2018 Edition

Volume 2: 2018-2019 Edition

Volume 3: 2019-2020 Edition

If you consider to submit your paper for inclusion in 2020-2021 edition please submit your paper for consideration before April 15, 2021 deadline to be published in July 2021. Anyone who have taken the SOCW 3000 class in the last four years can submit their Canadian Social Policy paper for publication.

Benefits for publishing your paper:

@) Students who have published work can include the link on their CV when applying for scholarships, awards, and MSW studies

@) Your future employer will see the quality of your writing and your passion for advancing social policy and addressing selected social policy concern

@) Your paper can inspire future students who are taking SOCW 3000 class (future students love reading sample papers)

@) Only four papers are published annually after I carefully review all submissions based on the posted guidelines (Make your excellent work visible to the world)

If you are not from TRU but consider publishing your paper, please follow the assignment guidelines found below:

Social Policy Concern Paper Assignment Description

Sasha Kondrashov


The purpose of this assignment is to design an individual research in the area of students’ interest. The paper addresses specific social policy concern. The student applies the CASW (2005) Code of Ethics/TRC Call for Action to evaluate the effectiveness of a selected piece of Canadian legislation that is designed to address social policy concern and suggest an alternative way (if needed) to discuss the selected social policy that is consistent with CASW (2005) values.


You are required to research existing social policy concern from current Canadian legislation that requires change in one of the following areas of social policy:

•          Availability refers to the presence or perceived presence of a service.

•          Accessibility refers to potential participants’ ability to use services.

•          Acceptability refers to the degree to which participants feel that they can use the services.

•          Affordability of services includes both tangible and intangible costs to participants for use.

•          Appropriateness of services refers to whether the assistance is the right kind for the participants.

•          Adequacy of service relates to the quality and completeness of service according to the level of diversity and need.

The introduction section of your research paper should provide a detailed roadmap for your writing with an emphasis on what social policy concern, target population, geographic location and piece of Canadian legislation you will focus in your research. Please answer the following fundamental question in this section of your paper: What specific social policy concern for selected target population in specific geographic location will you analyze using the selected Act? The answer to this question will form your thesis statement (what) part. The second part of your thesis statement (so what) will refer to your argument. You can choose to write whether the selected piece of Canadian legislation provides available, accessible, acceptable, affordable, appropriate, or adequate (choose at least one A word) service for your specific target population in selected geographic location to address the selected social policy concern. The introduction section of the paper should also define the key terms which are used in the paper. Make sure your selected social policy concern is very precise to focus your paper. The introduction section of your paper should be within 400-500 words.

The next section of your paper should describe the historical context: when, why and how the selected social policy concern was incorporated in the Act. You should also provide the history of addressing the selected social policy concern for specific target population in your specific geographic location. Please use credible sources to support your analyses. It is important to have a strong understanding of the development of Canadian welfare state to complete this portion of assignment.  This section of the paper should be within 500-600 words.

The next section of your paper should state the contemporary perspective on the selected social policy concern and answer key questions: Has the current perspective changed from the original way of addressing the social policy concern? If yes, please explain how and why? If no, please explain why?  This section of the paper should be within 400-600 words.

For the final part of the body of your paper, please read the CASW (2005) Code of Ethics and TRC Calls to Action summary:

Canadian Association of Social Workers/Association Canadienne des Travailleuses Sociaux (2005). Code of ethics, Ottawa: Author. Retrieved from http://www.casw-acts.ca/practice/code3_e.html  

Truth and Reconciliation Canada. (2015). Honouring the truth, reconciling for the future: Summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Winnipeg: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Retrieved from http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Honouring_the_Truth_Reconciling_for_the_Future_July_23_2015.pdf

Please analyze the implication the selected policy concern has on social work practice referencing the CASW 2005 Code of Ethics and TRC Call to Action Report (if applicable). The key question which you need to address in this section is how does the selected Act help to address the selected social policy concern based on the Code of Ethics values and TRC recommendations? This is a section of your paper where you explore your argument and provide a suggestion on how to address the selected social policy concern that follows the CASW (2005) values and TRC recommendations (400-800 words).

Please do not forget to include the conclusion in your paper, summarizing key findings and presenting some ideas for future research (300-500 words).

Your research paper should follow an essay style format (Introduction, body and conclusion) and all references should be cited using the latest edition of the APA style (6th edition). The length of your paper (without a title page and reference page) should be within 2000-3000 words. Please remember that you need to support all your statements in your paper using information from academically credible sources. Academic source constitutes any peer-­‐reviewed academic journal article, book or government report in the area of your selected social policy concern/social welfare program.  There are no limits on how many sources should be used in the paper, however, to achieve grade B and higher the student should use at least seven academic sources in their research paper. There are no maximum referencing requirements.  Please do not use reflective I statement in your academic writing. Papers with numerous reflective I statements will not receive a passing grade, even if all assignment requirements have been followed. The paper should be presented as a research paper, not a reflection paper. If you do not have proper APA in text citation for all the sources you have used in writing your paper 0% will be assigned for your work.

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