All HBSE I sections will include a common assignment requiring students to assess a neighborhood as an exemplar of a “geographic community.” The assessment pays particular attention to how oppression, power, and privilege are manifested in inequalities and institutional biases that impede optimal human development and jeopardize well-being. Students need to be able to apply their knowledge about structural inequality and how oppression and/or privilege has influenced the adaptation of residents within the community. (Competency 2.1.5; PB 1).
Students will demonstrate their ability to apply concepts from general systems theory (or ecosystems perspective) to examine adaptation of the neighborhood over time, the interface of the neighborhood with the adjoining areas, the demographics of current residents and the capacity of the neighborhood to meet the changing needs of the population.
Students are expected to be able to document their observations with on-line, public-use data (e.g. U.S. Census Bureau, and state- and local-level governmental agencies) and apply their knowledge of theories of human behavior to their observations.
Students who are currently in the field are encouraged to assess a neighborhood that is closely associated with the location of their field placement. Students who are not in the field are encouraged to consider a neighborhood that is substantively different than where they currently reside.
To a certain extent identifying areas of need, or potential need, is inherent to any assessment, but this should not be the only emphasis of the assignment. Rather, the assessment should also focus on assets and strengths of the neighborhood and community, and on “capacity building.” Students should gather information that is relevant to the following dimensions of community as delineated by Kirst-Ashman (2011, pp. 316-319):
1. Demographics and historical development;
2. Geography and environmental influences;
3. Beliefs and attitudes;
4. Local politics;
5. Local economy and business;
6. Income (and wealth) distribution;
8. Educational facilities;
9. Health and welfare systems;
10. Social control and safety;
11. Sources of information and public opinion.
Final Assignment Grading Template- Community Assessment Common Assignment (due 5/5/2012)
The common assignment must be uploaded to the TK20 system by 10 pm on the due date. For more specific information make sure to pay attention to Appendix C of the class syllabus.
Category/Section Description Percentage
Writing Style Clear, concise argument. Writing flows in a coherent fashion. Sensible breaks between paragraphs and sections. No blanket statements or opinions in evidence. Relatively free of spelling and grammar errors (i.e., no run-on sentences or sentence fragments, proper use of words, speaks to the “three people”). Adheres to all APA 6th Edition guidelines (12-point font, double-spaced, proper formatting of headings, citations, etc.). 10%
Introduction No more than ½ page, synthesizes the main points of what the assessment will cover. 10%
Overview of a Neighborhood as Community In-depth discussion of a neighborhood through the lens of the dimensions of community identified by Kirst-Ashman. Include information about the community relative to the general population (statistics). Approximately 3-4 pages. 30%
Application of Relevant Theory Provide a brief overview of either General Systems Theory or Ecosystems Theory, including the basic tenets and main developer(s) of the theory. How does this theory relate to the understanding of oppression, power, and privilege? Explain how this theory can be applied to understand the neighborhood in general, as well as in the contexts of oppression, power, and privilege. Approximately 2-3 pages 30%
Summary and Conclusions Summarize the main points of the assignment and provide a discussion of why this is relevant to social work policy and practice. Approximately 1 page. 10%
Reference List Your reference list should include 5-7 references (including Kirst-Ashman). 10%
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