Sample Sociology Paper on Social Activism and Social Justice

A variety of social injustices in the society are addressed by the anonymous group of social activists presented in the assigned video. Members of this group correspond to the traditional description of contemporary social activists. These activists are unknown, and they do not participate in mass rallies and provocative actions. They only when state carry out illegal activities against citizens. Essentially, they take control of information resources and government websites to protest social injustices, including the lack of freedom, suppression of the will of the citizens, and corruption across the country. As a general rule, this anonymous group of social activists changes the operations of the government websites and security systems by blocking the sites and providing people with access codes to foster a restoration of justice and attract attention to their opinions.

I believe that social activism ought to play an essential role in society. For instance, social activism should promote positive values, such as equality across communities. Additionally, it must promote policy reforms, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage. Moreover, social activism ought to be responsible for the protection of the minority from being subjected to various discriminatory practices based on their ethnicity or sexual orientation.

  • Social Work in Your Community

social work agencies in my community address various social issues, such as employment and children’s welfare. Some of the agencies in my community are the Ontario Public Service, and the Wonderland Group. Most of these agencies help community members to secure jobs. For instance, the Ontario Public Service often helps community members irrespective of ethnicity, race, age, or gender, to secure job opportunities in various companies or organizations. Furthermore, social workers in this agency use a wide range of generalist skills to provide highly qualified services to the community members. These skills include arranging and conducting interviews to select and hire qualified personnel for a specific job (Kryscynski & Russell, 2018). Besides, the agency gathers and evaluates the necessary data before hiring or recruiting personnel to given positions. The agency mostly collects data from the work application forms, including the curriculum vitae. The Ontario Public Service group also pairs people with jobs of their dreams and helps community members to acquire job opportunities in organizations in which they can best fit and adapt to quickly. Moreover, the social work agency promotes social justice in the community by ensuring there is equality in the hiring and recruiting process of new employees. As such, the social work agency ensures that the hiring and recruiting process within our community is not often based on various factors such as race, and ethnicity. Most people like visiting the Ontario Public Service organization because it is located near beautiful scenery, and its social workers are kind and humble to the community members who visit the organization. With positive client experience, most people are usually willing to revisit the agency.

2.1. Ethical Choices

According to section 1.5, CASW/ACTS Guidelines for Ethical Practice, a social worker has to respect and protect a client’s privacy and confidentiality. Therefore, Sally, as a client, is entitled to the protection of her personal health information. Consequently, the social worker should not disclose the secret Sally is about to reveal to him or her to another person, including Sally’s parents. However, section 1.5.3 allows the social worker to reveal Sally’s secret to her parents. The section stipulates that a social worker is entitled to reveal a young child’s personal health information to the parents if the disclosure is in the best interest of the child’s wellbeing (Berg, Hewson & Fotheringham, 2012). Since the Sally’s secret poses a threat to her welfare, the social worker must disclose the information to her parents. For instance, if a teacher sexually abused her at school and she decides to confide the information because she has a crush on him, I would ask Sally to disclose it to her parents or to share the issue with me. I would later disclose the information to her parents. Disclosing the information to Sally’s will undoubtedly have a positive impact on her wellbeing as her parents’ may take legal action against the teacher (Harber-Iles, 2011). However, revealing the information to Sally’s parents may break our initial social worker-client relationship as she may feel betrayed. As such, the use of Stanford format would have been helpful in this case.

3.1. Karen’s Roles in “Case Study: A Day (and Night) in the Life of a Social Worker”

In the case study, “A Day (and Night) in the Life of a Social Worker,” Karen takes the role of fighting for the rights of the vulnerable individuals in the society, including young children such as Miguel. As an advocate for children, Karen promotes their social wellbeing. For instance, she took the initiative to help Barry and Melanie to find a baby-sitter after receiving information that they did not have one. Furthermore, talks with her supervisor about the hardships that Miguel, Kevin, and Sherry are experiencing. They are from poor financial backgrounds and are unable to speak for themselves. Thus, Karen decides to talk for them to ensure they are accorded the necessary help (Unfried, 2010). Additionally, Karen enables Miguel to find the help of his vulnerable condition by informing her superiors about the issue. In the case study, it is evident that Karen is compassionate because she has dedicated herself to championing the rights of the vulnerable in society and she performs her roles effectively. Moreover, Karen has a strong relationship with her superiors, thus they are willing to provide help to any individual such as Miguel whose issue Karen had been brought forward. For instance, the superiors help Miguel to receive proper medical attention for his unsafe conditions that he could manage previously due to his family’s financial constraints. Regarding empathy, as per the case study, Karen is empathetic towards children given her dedication to assisting them.

4.1 Theory in Practice

Karen uses a multi-functional approach to solve various problems in social work. She tries to collect the necessary information to avoid making hasty decisions that would harm the children’s wellbeing. There are many approaches that Karen can use to improve her work to avoid detailed decision making analysis. As per the case study, Karen pays attention to the factors that significantly impact the various situations she handles. Additionally, she uses macro knowledge to make the most competent and productive decisions to improve the children’s wellbeing. Incorporating the use of macro-knowledge in social work practice helps Karen to conduct a comprehensive analysis of a situation based on a child’s prospects and characteristics (Parker, 2017). Thus, she is able to achieve higher results and help her clients. Furthermore, Karen applies structural and anti-oppressive practices in social work to help her find common ground with her clients. Integrating structural practices in her social work enables her to follow a more precise sequence of actions, including the decision-making process to achieve higher results and help her clients (Hutchinson & Oltedal, 2014). The anti-oppressive practices help Karen to establish a foundation on which she builds a healthy and productive relationship with her clients to ensure smooth interaction.

 

 

References

Berg, B., Hewson, J., & Fotheringham, S. (2012). Collaborating to Explore Social Work Research Ethics. Travail Social Canadien. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarah_Fotheringham/publication/262105511_Collaborating_to_Explore_Social_Work_Research_Ethics/links/00b49536a934e0a09a000000/Collaborating-to-Explore-Social-Work-Research-Ethics.pdf

tchinson, G. S., & Oltedal, S. (2014). Five theories in social work. Retrieved from https://nordopen.nord.no/nordxmlui/bitstream/handle/11250/141851/Hutchinson_GS.pdf?sequence=1

Kryscynski, D., Reeves, C., Stice‐Lusvardi, R., Ulrich, M., & Russell, G. (2018). Analytical abilities and the performance of HR professionals. Human Resource Management57(3), 715-738. Retrieved from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/hrm.21854

Parker, J. (2017). Social work practice: assessment, planning, intervention and review. London: Learning Matters, an imprint of SAGE Publications Ltd.

Unfried, B. (2010). An Introduction to social work practice a day (and Night) in the life of a social worker. Toronto: Nelson Education Limited.