Please read and answer ALL three of the following essay questions carefully. Your response should be a total of 10-12 pages, typed in size 12-point font, Times or Times New Roman, and with one inch margins. This is a cumulative final so please remember to draw upon multiple sources when answering each of the questions. Your answers should include material from the four assigned books, videos and media, class (guest) lectures and any related course materials. Please do not just list books or sources, but explain the relevance of the sources you are integrating. You will have until 8:00 pm PST to complete the exam. Good luck!
QUESTION 1: First, select one of the problems we have discussed in class (e.g., child abuse, immigration) Then, select a job or career path that is related to this problem. It might range from being an attorney to being a community-based researcher – but make sure to select a job within the helping professions or public policy. Describe barriers you would face when engaging with other organizations or systems. Please also discuss how your future career path can make a difference in advocacy for marginalized populations. How can your field expand to help to address some of the social problems for these individuals? Please use specific examples or stories from all four books to strengthen your argument. Be creative! (50 points)
For the issue to focus on, IPV should be a good one. I’ll have something for that attached.
QUESTION 2: In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson documents how false convictions and problematic sentencing guidelines impact racial minorities. Project Fatherhood also documents the specific experiences and struggles of formally incarcerated individuals. Please discuss how mass incarceration does not reduce violence or prevent crime. What role does systemic bias and racism have in the unfairness of the Justice system? Using examples from both books please explain how bigger systemic problems can greatly impact an individual’s life. 25 points)
QUESTION 3: In American Dream, Jason DeParle tells the stories of three mothers who moved from Chicago to Milwaukee for higher welfare and lower living expenses. Similarly, In the book Enrique’s Journey, Enrique’s mother also travelled across the broader to seek for a better life for the whole family. Please compare the similarities and differences of the mothers’ lives in both books. Also, please pick TWO social problems from lecture (i.e., child abuse, domestic violence, mental health, mass incarceration, gang violence, immigration) and explain how poverty relates to each of these problems. (25 points)
The books that you must use are the following:
1) DeParle, Jason (2005). American Dream: Three Women, Ten Children and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare. New York: Penguin Books.
2) Leap, Jorja (2015). Project Fatherhood: A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America’s Toughest Communities. Boston: Beacon Press.
3) Nazario, Sonia (2007). Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother. New York: Random House.
4) Stevenson, Bryan (2014). Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. New York: Spiegel and Grau.