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SW 4144: Social Policies and Issues (Forsman, Velazquillo Franco)

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What counts as social policy?

"Social policy may be defined as any formal government enactment that affects the well-being of people, including laws, regulations, executive orders, and court decisions."

Source: Mizrahi, T., & Davis, L. (2008). Encyclopedia of social work (20th ed.). NASW Press.

For the Policy Analysis Paper, it's easiest to focus on legislation (a bill = a proposed law). Talk with your professor if you'd like to focus on a different policy type such as a federal agency regulation or international agreement/treaty.

Policy Research Tips

Please watch this short video (10:28) before your class library day. Captions available.

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Find a Federal Bill or Law

Find a State Bill or Law

If selecting state-level legislation, focus only on the state where you are registered to vote.