Week 9 Memo questions

## Week 9
1. Sherraden makes a strong case that assets matter for well-being. To what extent do you see asset-based approaches to anti-poverty strategies in Quebec / Canada? If you do not see any examples, speculate why not.
2. The asset-based approach to social welfare policy is a social work contribution to poverty intervention. What are the most compelling arguments for asset policy? What concerns do you have about asset-based approaches to poverty?
3. We have spent considerable time this semester discussing different poverty measures. Describe 2-3 takeaways from my presentation on asset poverty measurement in Canada. Indicate any questions that remain.

Week 6 memo questions

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1. Fortin et al show that experiencing child abuse increases the risk of social exclusion (5.2 %points) and deep social exclusion (3%points). The authors do not offer a theory for this relationship. Briefly explain how childhood trauma might affect poverty and development.
2. This is the first known study of social exclusion in Canada. As an emerging professional working on poverty and development: (1) how does this paper inform your work? and (2) what additional question(s) would be most important for you to address?
3. Proulx et al show us that in 2008-2009, Quebec spends approximately 3 x the % of GDP on family support and other expenditures compared to Alberta. Based on these expenditures and what you know about the socio-economic realities in Quebec, would you (a) continue funding at this same level, (b) reduce funding, or (c) increased funding as a % of GDP? In your explanation mention at least one tradeoff/consequence to your position.
Slides to accompany Proulx et al. can be found here Internal diversity in social policy regimes.

Week 5 Memo questions

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1. Netting and Kettner review definitions of community, community structure and functions, models of community practice, etc. From the chapter, what is one conclusion that you draw? What questions remain for you about community practice to address poverty?
2. L. Botes and D. Van Rensburg outline nine plagues and twelve commandments. Rank your top 2 plagues or commandments and explain in detail why they are important to your model of development?

Week 4 Memo Questions

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1. McKnight provides the iatrogenic argument, i.e., that diagnosis/treatment is causing the problem; helpers are actually hurting. Cite 1-2 concrete examples that support and/ or dispute this argument and explain your personal position.
2. McKnight also takes a strong stand on knowledge creation with the distinction that guidance ought to be found in “traditional wisdom” of mankind, not expertise of helping professions. Considering your professional practice – to what extent is traditional wisdom used vs. “expert knowledge”? What is the role of expert knowledge in your field?

Week 3 Memo Questions

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Week 3

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1. Adam Smith suggests that, “through self interest he promotes the well being of others” p. 156. Explain two concrete scenarios. In the first explain how self-interest promotes development (i.e., well-being). In the second example, explain how self-interest can impede the well-being of others. Be very specific in both accounts.
2. In Figure 2 Milanovic provides us the “mother of all inequality disputes” with three concepts. Assuming you can only choose one, explain why you chose it and discuss the causes of the trend you see over time.
3. On the political philosophical level – Milanovic argues, “proletarian solidarity is then simply dead because there is no longer such a thing as the global proletariat” p. 21. Do you agree or disagree with Milanovic’s argument? Explain with 2-3 concrete lines of reasoning.

SWRK 626 Week 2 Memo Questions

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1. Haughton and Haughton describe the differences between income and expenditures for measuring well-being. In your view is income or expenditure a better indicator of well-being? See the contrast on Table 10.1. Explain with 2-3 points articulating your rationale.
2. According to Haughton and Haughton p. 94,    “[relative measures of poverty] can be helpful in identifying poor areas or poor subgroups in a society… but does not serve if the purpose is to measure the effectiveness of the interventions.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your rationale.
3. According to Goodman-Draper, in native communities there was a “dissolution of the traditional, collectivist Native way of life” towards “private property, individualism, and the destruction of collectivism” p. 45. Is there any way this could also be interpretted as “development”? Why or why not?
4. Fortin et al show massive differences in wage changes for males and females between 1980 to 2005 (Figure 2).  Could you argue that women have experienced more “development” over the last 30 years than men? Why or why not?
5. Haveman outlines several different poverty measurements – absolute (income), relative (income), consumption, capability, asset, subjective, multidimensional, and social exclusion. Based on your experience and the information provided in the chapter, assuming you are the policy czar of Quebec, which one poverty measure would you choose? Explain with 3-4 points. Alternatively, assume you ere the policy czar of a developing country, which one poverty measure would you choose? Explain with 3-4 points.

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