SOC 320 Week 1 DQ 1 Public Policy Task

SOC 320 Week 1 DQ 1 Public Policy Task

SOC 320 Week 1 DQ 1 Public Policy Task

Public Policy. Public policy is one way that society addresses social problems through the use of laws and regulations adopted by governments. In this discussion, review the American Sociological Association article Sociology and Public Policy and address the following:

a. Consider and explain the following statement, “Public policy is both what government does and what it does not do” (Theodoulou & Kofinis, 2012).
b. What determines whether a policy is enacted or not?
c. Who holds the power and authority to create, enact and/or change public policy?
d. What is the difference between public versus private concerns in relation to policy making and the government’s role in this process?
e. Describe two ways that social science research helps to design good public policies. Why are social science research skills important for analyzing the impact of existing policies?


Reflections on Federal Environmental Policy. For your journal entry, you will explore aspects of your personal experience and/or beliefs regarding significant public policies and what you have learned in your readings. As you reflect, please address the following questions:
What are the current major environmental issues?
What policies are currently in place to address these issues?
What policy would you like to see enacted to address a major environmental issue?
What, if anything, has changed or is changing, and how does it affect you personally?
What were your thoughts prior to reading this week’s reading assignment?
How has your perspective been either reinforced or changed now that you are more informed? 

Thesis and Outline of Final Paper. This assignment is to be a thorough outline, including components as detailed below, of your Final Paper.

Your Final Paper is to be a comprehensive research study on one of the following public policy topics:
Environmental Concerns
Health Care
Primary and Secondary Public Education
Social Security
Your outline of the topic will include:

The scope and nature of the public policy problem.

How the problem came to public and political awareness.

The evolution of related public policy. 

Level of government and the actors involved.

The intergovernmental structure and political concerns.

Conflicting public opinion and impact on policy solutions.

The approaches to policy formulation, adoption, and evaluation.

The suggested policy direction (continuation, change or termination) and future impact.