FCST 620: Social Policy and the Family
Through this course students gain a historical overview of family policy in the United States and the role of the economy, politics, race, class, gender, and legal and advocacy issues. Students examine major social policies and programs and how they affect diverse families' well-being and quality of life across the life course. Through a social justice lens, students analyze intended and unintended family consequences of governmental policies as well as the policy implications of change in the structures and composition families. Students also learn the basics of policy formation and the competing constituencies that help shape the process. 3 lecture hours.