Topic: Book Case Study

Order Description
You are required to read Enrique’s Journey (Nazario, 2007, 2014) and, using one or more individuals discussed in the book, create a case study in poverty. The case study should describe how the individual is impacted by poverty and the environment that contributes to poverty and oppression. The case study should conclude with your recommendations for improvement or change.

Note that this week’s video, which shows “La Beastia,” the train that Enrique took across part of Mexico during his journeys to the U.S., and interviews individuals on the same journey and those who try to help them, will give additional insight as you develop your case study.

The website maintained by the author of Enrique’s Journey (Nazario, 2007, 2014) also gives additional and more current information about Enrique and his family, Honduras, and immigration policy (links included under Week 5’s readings).

Your Tasks:

You are expected to write a 3 to 5 page paper exclusive of cover page and reference page. Your paper should be double spaced in time new roman 12 point font with 1 inch margins. Your paper is expected to be referenced appropriately, using APA style. ALL sources are to be referenced. Failing to cite a source is considered academic dishonesty. Use third person throughout your paper (not I); when making recommendations, you can say something like “Several recommendations must be considered….” Instead of “I recommend”.

You should address the following questions in composing your case study:

Who is your case study about? Give a brief description of the person and setting for context in the introduction to your case study (be sure to reference the Nazario book).
What is this person’s experience with poverty and oppression? Give appropriate examples as you describe her/his experiences.
Using the ecological/systems framework, what micro, mezzo, and macro (or micro, meso, exo, and macro factors depending on which source you use), contributed to this person’s poverty and oppression? Be sure that you include a reference for this discussion, either Kirst-Ashman and Hull or the Ambrosino et al. chapter or both.
What strengthens does the person possess that are enabling her/him to survive?
Are those strengths being maximized by the systems (community) impacting the person? How could those strengths be used to overcome poverty and oppression?
What recommendations can you make to help this person and other members in similar circumstances move out of poverty?
Be sure that you reference sources appropriately throughout your paper and include a reference page (you will need to reference the Nazario book and the source(s) from which you obtained your information about the ecological/systems framework (levels of the environment). This paper is to demonstrate your ability to understand an individual’s experiences and the ways that the environment (particularly at the community and societal levels) impacts that person; in other words, your ability to think critically. It is not intended to be a research paper on poverty and oppression or on immigration. Thus, you should not need additional references/sources beyond your text and other readings included in this course.


Refer to the Book Case Study rubric in the ‘Rubrics’ folder in the ‘Getting Started’ section of the course for the evaluation criteria for this assignment.

Refer to the course syllabus for the percentage contribution of this assignment to the course

SOWK 6325 Book Case Study Rubric

Gave in-depth description of person’s experience with poverty and oppression with examples, making contextual connections. – Unacceptable 0-13 | Emerging 14-15 | Proficient 16-17 | Exemplary 18-20
Maximum mark
Environmental Factors
Clearly identified and discussed environmental factors contributing to poverty and oppression, using relevant theories and focusing on the interactions between layers of the environment. – Unacceptable 0-20 | Emerging 21-23 | Proficient 24-26 | Exemplary 27-30
Maximum mark
Survival Strengths
Identified strengths of person that enabled her/him to survive, making contextual connections beyond the person to the broader environment. – Unacceptable 0-13 | Emerging 14-15 | Proficient 16-17 | Exemplary 18-20
Maximum mark
Whether strengths maximized by environment; how they could have been used to help person overcome poverty
Provided in-depth discussion on whether strengths were maximized by broader environment and how these systems could have helped the person overcome poverty and oppression; discussed within context of environmental barriers that impede moving out of poverty – Unacceptable 0-6 | Emerging 7-7 | Proficient 8-8 | Exemplary 9-10
Maximum mark
Provided discussion demonstrating understanding of role environment plays in helping individuals overcome poverty with sufficient examples – Unacceptable 0-6 | Emerging 7-7 | Proficient 8-8 | Exemplary 9-10
Maximum mark
Scholarly Writing
Wrote case study in a professional manner, logically organized, free from grammar and spelling errors, followed APA format, and used references appropriately – Unacceptable 0-6 | Emerging 7-7 | Proficient 8-8 | Exemplary 9-10
Maximum mark

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