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This paper builds upon your web page assignment (#1), I can email you my web page paper with sources, and leads directly to your in-class presentation and your second paper. Please write a 7-8 page, typed or text processed paper, on your selected policy. (Not more than 3000 words)

Use the MLA (Modern Language Association) style guide for writing a university level research paper.
Please plan to:

” Provide an overview of the policy issue you have selected
” Provide a conceptual analysis of the topic of choice, with the definition of the relevant issues
” Indicate the policy, legislation and current implementation of the policy at the provincial and/or national levels (Canada only)
” Synthesize and critically analyze the current state of the policy and practice, on your chosen topic Ex. What progress has been made on the issue? What do advocates say is wrong or right with the current policy? Plan to present more than one point of view (POV). Plan to use at least one of the conceptual frameworks we read about and/or discussed in class, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,  Checklist For Evaluating Government Policy by Family Services Toronto, etc.
” Provide a conclusion, and your own recommendations for change

Optional: You may email me your outline or web before getting too far into your paper if you would like some feedback first. REMEMBER--You need to determine your thesis BEFORE you develop your outline. Your thesis points you in the direction you want to go. What will your essay prove in response to your central question?

Use the marking template to guide your writing process. Self evaluate as you complete this assignment by considering what is required to score a 5/5 on each section.
Guidelines for this assignment
How to Choose Your Policy
” Choose a social issue and a policy area that you find interesting and relevant.
” Select a policy that has some documentation. That is, your chosen policy requires some degree of formal recognition or accreditation by some level of government in Canada. This may be in the form of legislation, draft legislation, cabinet papers, political party policy documents, government department policy statements or discussion papers and interest group statements.
” It is easier to analyse a specific policy rather than a general  major policy orientation or broad social issue. Make sure your focus is narrow enough. Eg.  Adoption is very broad.  Same sex parents and their rights to adopt or  international adoption may be better choices and more achievable for this assignment.
Research the policy
The assignment calls for the gathering of information on a policy using several of the following techniques:
” Analyze specific documentation on the policy.
” Put the policy in a theoretical context. There may be text books which put the policy in a sociological or historical or political framework. That is, you may be able to link the policy to a particular social theory or ideology, as we have discussed in class (individual responsibility, patriarchal, etc.). This is particularly relevant when you explore the values and assumptions which underlie the policy.
” Look for coverage of this social policy in the media and/or in current journals (on-line is fine)
” Incorporate the views of two to three people you have informally discussed this with (politicians, bureaucrats, advocates). As you interview people, please ask their permission to include their views in your assignment. This information should be cited in the text of the assignment as a personal communication and should include the person s position. If your sources wish to remain anonymous, change their names or refer just to their positions. Send a thank you note or email them with thanks for their help.
Policy analysis
Use social policy concepts and terminology where possible throughout the analysis.







How to Structure Your Paper
1 Basic overview of the policy (maximum 200 words)
a Basic description of the policy (in one or two sentences)
b Level of policy in hierarchy of importance/breadth
c Stage of policy in its cycle (that is, formulation, implementation, evaluation)
d Population group(s) targeted by policy
e Your reasons for choosing the policy
f Your thesis statement

HINT: Before you begin to write your paper, try to write the thesis statement. This step is all about boiling down the information you ve gathered, the thoughts you ve explored, the readings you ve interpreted, to one single essence. Here s where you make the main point of your paper in one a distinct statement. Hamilton College (Williams) gives this explanation of the thesis statement:

 A well-written thesis statement, usually expressed in one sentence, is the most important sentence in your entire paper. It should both summarize for your reader the position you will be arguing and set up the pattern of organization you will use in your discussion. A thesis sentence is not a statement of accepted fact; it is the position that needs the proof you will provide in your argument. Your thesis should reflect the full scope of your argument--no more and no less; beware of writing a thesis statement that is too broad to be defended within the scope of your paper.

The thesis statement is typically a single sentence, usually located in the first paragraph of your paper. The thesis statement:

” declares the position you are taking in your paper,
” sets up the way you will organize your discussion, and
” points to the conclusion you will draw.

2 Method of policy research (maximum 200 words)
This section should include the sources of information you have used to analyse the policy and how you have  sifted through the evidence and come to your conclusions.
3 Issues addressed by the policy (500 word maximum)
a What are the issues being addressed by the policy?
b How are the issues are defined and by whom?
c Causal theories of the issue (including values and assumptions)
d The various stakeholders involved; the gainers and losers associated with the issue. Think about:

Professionals who work with this issue
Children and their families
Neighbourhoods
Other social systems (school, churches, non profit organizations)
Advocacy groups
Government departments involved

4 Brief history of the issue and its related policy (200 words maximum)
Take care not to include information about method of policy making here that should be dealt with in #7.
5 Policy goals (200 words maximum)
a The main goals of the policy including short and long term
b Links between goals and program objectives (that is, how goals are to be achieved)
6 Policy values (300 words maximum)
What do you think are the values expressed by the majority of society that have led to the development of this particular policy? Or, what was the value held by government as they developed their policy (or chose to ignore this issue)?
Here are some examples of  values & .there are many more!

Freedom World Peace
Happiness Wisdom
Racial Equality Exciting Lifestyle
Self Respect Comfortable Life
Love Salvation
Accomplishment Social Recognition
Individual responsibility National Security
Inner Harmony World of Beauty
Family Security Personal pleasure
Social Justice Democracy
Family togetherness Honesty
Nature Early Childhood
Social responsibility Work Ethic Fitness Privacy
Self sufficiency Respect for Elders
Traditional ways Gender Equality
Vegetarianism Order and Control
Health Mother care
Civil Rights Financial Independence


7 Method of policy making (400 words maximum)
This section of your report focuses on the process of policy making. You need to describe and assess the roles and relative strength of the various stakeholders involved in the development of this public policy.
8 Effects of the policy (500 words maximum) on the following:
a Overall consequences (that is, society as a whole)
b Target population (the children and families this policy is meant to help)
c Related policies
Use one of the conceptu