State University of New York Rothman Social Action Model Discussion

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Textbook = GENERALIST PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES, 7th Edition. By Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, Grafton H. Hull Jr. Link:

Question 1 (25 marks)
Appraise, with the use of examples, the THREE (3) points in Rothman’s social action
model and their relevance to the following statement:

“Social action requires some level of conflict in order to make significant change in the
community. Singapore’s over-sensitivity towards conflict dampens any effort to move
the community to take responsibility for any change effort.”

Question 2 (25 marks)

(a) Discuss the PREPARE model that social workers use to decide whether to pursue
macro level intervention from within the agency.

(16 marks)
. P = Problem definition. R = Review your macro and personal Reality. E = Establish primary goals. P = Identify People of influence. A = Assess potential cost and benefits to client and agency. R = Review personal and professional Risks. E = Evaluate potential for success.

(b) Describe the THREE (3) ways that macro level changes can happen within the
organisation and how these changes can also influence the micro and meso levels.

(9 marks)

Question 3 (25 marks)

Outline the FIVE (5) roles that social workers play in community work. Discuss how
these roles require social workers to be attentive to racial, ethnic, class, gender, and
cultural diversity. Explain how these roles and the social worker’s sensitivity to diversity
influence the community’s dynamics. Illustrate these roles with examples from the
Singapore context.

(25 marks)

Question 4 (25 marks)

(a) Analyse TWO (2) possible ethical dilemmas that social workers in organisations with
limited resources go through when working with marginalized communities.

(10 marks)

(b) Discuss THREE (3) concepts in structural social work. Examine how these concepts
are relevant to human rights and social justice, and how these can help the social
worker to work through these ethical dilemmas.

(15 marks)

Question 5 (25 marks)

(a) Discuss FOUR (4) types of resources that are available to organisations and why
these resources are important. Analyse how the organisation can apply teamwork
skills to these resources in order to advocate for and to ameliorate adverse
environmental conditions for themselves and for their clients.

(16 marks)

(b) When planning for a new programme, demonstrate how proposal writing, oral
presentations and budgeting could incorporate any three (3) of the resources.

(9 marks)

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