SOCW 2001 Walden University The Story We Tell About Poverty Discussion – Assignment Help

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1(A)Assignment: The Story We Tell About Poverty

Many people view poverty as a circumstance of one’s own making. Consider this reasoning: Homeless people must not have worked hard enough, tried hard enough, or conformed to society enough. They did it to themselves. Is this perspective accurate, or is it just another way to separate out the worthy and the unworthy?

In this week’s resources, you hear activist Mia Birdsong examine the prevailing story society tells about poverty, how it needs to be adjusted, and how this adjustment could lead to societal change. For this Assignment, you reflect on the story of poverty that you know.

To Prepare: Watch the Mia Birdsong video listed in the Learning Resources.

By Day 7

Submit a 2- to 3-page paper in which you:

  • Identify two societal beliefs of the poor presented in the video.
  • Explain the speaker’s strategy for addressing poverty.
  • Apply the speaker’s strategy to a social work interaction you have had or have read about.

1 (B)Assignment: Social Identity

What is it like to be a minority in a social setting, a work environment, or simply when in a public place? For some, this is an everyday experience, and it is important for social workers to comprehend what this might be like. To have a better understanding of this experience and to learn more about different cultures, social workers need to actively seek out diverse experiences.

Before pursuing such experiences, social workers must critically reflect on their own social identities and culture. Social identity is based on the social construction of different identity categories. For example, society constructs race by dividing people into groups based on skin color, and then culture emerges through intragroup interaction. While social workers strive for cultural competence, the profession recognizes that having a complete knowledge of culture is never achievable. Instead, social workers must strive for cultural humility—the idea that clients are the experts of their culture and that the social worker needs to work from a position of openness to continually learn about culture. You are encouraged to practice cultural humility as you engage in this assignment.

To prepare, consider your social identity based on race/ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, and/or ability. Visit a social activity or public space in which the majority of people are from a social identity different from your own.

The Assignment

By Day 7

Submit a 2- to 3-page paper in which you draw from the assigned resources to critically reflect on the experience of being a minority in a specific situation.

The Assignment should address each of the following points:

  • Describe the experience.
  • Reflect on the experience and consider:
    • What were your preconceptions or expectations before the experience?
    • What were your reactions to, thoughts about, and/or emotional responses to the experience?
    • What did you gain or learn from this experience?
  • Explain privilege in relation to this social identity.
  • Apply concepts and material from this week’s resources to the experience.
    • Support your application of this week’s resources using APA citations and a reference page.
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