Tuesday, May 15, 201812:00 PM
Final Project Topic- Proposed Policy Reform
Propose a social welfare program. This can include changing an existing program, proposing a completely different
program, or arguing for a proposed program with modifications.
Be sure to include why your program is important (what problem it solves) and why it should be implemented.
Include all the details of the program, including cost, administration, eligibility requirements, and
monitoring/evaluation, if any.
Evaluate the program, using all the criteria we discussed in class.
What arguments will be made against it? Besides those found by the evaluation criteria, include arguments that
conservatives, liberals and/or radicals will make against it, if any.
How would you argue against these criticisms? (Often this includes admitting the potential problems, but saying that
these are worth it because of the overwhelming benefits.)
The following are suggestions for topics. You can certainly propose anything else that fits under a social welfare or
public assistance program:
programs that overhaul Medicaid.
programs that help to alleviate homelessness.
job training programs for youth, the poor, minorities, or single parents.
modifications to the existing national health care program (ACA).
European-style welfare programs
expanding child care for low-income families.
programs that improve educational opportunities for low-income families.
The final project will consist of an eight to ten-page paper about social policy reform and analysis. This paper will
be graded based on the depth of your analysis. This includes how persuasive your proposal is, how well you evaluate
it, how well you understand the criticisms against it, and how well you understand the benefits of your program and
the problems it will solve. Papers need to be typed, double-spaced, and use APA citation. The final project will be
due on Tuesday, May 15 by noon.
Final project will be graded based on: clarity of your reform proposal (10 points), quality of policy analysis (10
points), discussion of arguments for and against reform including commentary about competing schools of thought
(10), and appropriate formatting and quality of writing (correct citations and proper editing) (5 points). All late
submissions automatically lose 7 points.
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