For this reflection paper, you will view a television series episode that addres
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For this reflection paper, you will view a television series episode that addresses the political influences of social policy in defining the poverty threshold. For your reflection paper:
View the television series episode from: The West Wing, Season 3 Episode 8: The Indians in the Lobby
This episode is currently available on Netflix.
What are your personal reactions to the political influences in both storylines (poverty, American Indians)?
Reflect on the two aspects of social welfare policy in the episode: a) definition of poverty, and b) social welfare policy pertaining to American Indians (this is not related directly to poverty but it is certainly a political policy issue).
How does what you’ve learned thus far apply to the two main issues presented in the episode of The West Wing (poverty, American Indians)? Why?
What are the implications of how the political process is used in defining poverty for social welfare policy? What are the implications for social work practice?