policy selection and background

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Below I’ve attached the Unit 2 paper, for you to see the chosen policy for the paper.

  • Based on your analysis of the social justice problem in the assignment from Unit 2, select a current federal policy to analyze using the Library of Congress. This policy must currently be in law. It must also address problem that affects a diverse cultural group (for example, based on race, religion, disabilities, gender orientation, socioeconomic status, or access to services). This will be the policy you analyze for the entire the course project. Be sure to incorporate ideas that have been discussed in this course into your analysis. You will compile all parts of the course project in Unit 10, so as you receive feedback for each assignment, revise your work as necessary.
    • To ensure that this is a viable scholarly topic, explore the literature in your area of interest by doing article and book searches through Capella University Library databases and other electronic resources, including government, educational, and organizational Web sites. Exploring scholarly, respected literature will be the preliminary work for this project. The Library of Congress and other governmental Web sites will be an invaluable resource for your research during this project.

Assignment Instructions
To complete this assignment:

  1. Select a federal policy from the Library of Congress that discusses the form of oppression and discrimination you described in Unit 2 (for example, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Veterans Millennium Healthcare Act, Affordable Healthcare Act, Adoption and Safe Families Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Temporary Aid to Needy Families Act, Social Security Act).
  1. Describe the policy you have chosen. This policy must be enacted, passed legislation.
    • Include a description of the programs and services that are provided through the policy. What is the purpose of this policy? What problem does it seek to remedy?
    • Connect the policy to the social justice problem you selected by giving a brief description of the problem. Is it a new problem, something that has recently arisen or is it an old problem that never got resolved?
    • Use scholarly, peer-reviewed literature to support your description.
  1. Describe the historical issues and context that lead to the creation of the social problem and policy development.
    • Include information about the voting outcomes for the policy and the legislative leaders who influenced the policy historically and in the present.
    • Include the impact of these historical features have had on the policy’s implementation.
    • Use scholarly, peer-reviewed literature to support your description.
  • Submit your completed assignment by the end of the week. Remember, I will be providing feedback on your assignments. Use that feedback to improve the content of your Federal Policy Analysis course project.

Additional Requirements
The assignment you submit is expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting standards.
  • Cited resources: Minimum of five scholarly sources. All literature cited should be current, with publication dates within the past five years.
  • Length of paper: Four to six double-spaced, typed pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
  • Due date: Assignment must be submitted to your instructor in the courseroom no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday of this week

Resources – Especially read the “Policy Selection and Background Scoring Guide.” These are the criteria upon which the paper will be graded. I especially advise you to consider using the Writing Center prior to submission if I made note of this in your Unit 2 Assignment feedback. 🙂

Finally, following is a possible outline that you might use to organize your thought process. It follows, in general, the flow of the assignment directions above. If there are any questions between the general outline provided and the assignment directions, the original Assignment directions and associated scoring guide are the final authority.

Assignment 4 Outline provided as a convenience, not a requirement or recommendation. 🙂

1. Introduction (brief summary of the goals of this paper – what you are going to present in the following paragraphs)

2. Federal Policy Selected (Name the policy)

Describe the policy purpose

Discuss the problem(s) the policy seeks to remedy

Describe programs and services

3. [Policy name] and [your social justice problem]

Provide a brief description of the social justice problem (you can paraphrase and cite your work from Assignment 2)

Discuss whether the problem is relatively new or whether it is ongoing and unresolved

4, Historical Context of [your social justice problem] and [Policy name] Development

Discuss legislative leaders who influenced policy history



Discuss information about voting outcomes for this policy

Discuss impact of historical features on policy implementation

5. Conclusion/Summary (briefly summarize all that you’ve just presented)


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