Fall 2007 Course Description

Topics in Public Policy

Please note: Public Affairs undergraduate courses do not count toward any graduate degree program offered by the LBJ School. These courses are intended for students enrolled in undergraduate programs at the University.

Section Title: Health Policy
Instructor(s): Jacqueline Angel
Course: P A 310S - Topics in Public Policy
Unique Number: 65435
Day & Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: GSB 2.124
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Cross List with SOC 308

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course provides a general overview of the foundation and development of American social policy. A key objective is to deepen your understanding of the formulation of public policy, in general, and how government impinges on many aspects of our lives? health, education, and economic security. A fundamental goal of the course is to sharpen your evaluation and decision-making skills as they apply to the contemporary social welfare debate. Toward that end, we will examine different public policies and perspectives toward human resources, and the impact these have on social conditions and problems such as, the growing number of uninsured people in the United States. We will cover major policy areas that include income maintenance (social security and general assistance), health care (Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP), food and nutrition, and antipoverty programs (e.g., The Personal
Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996). Additionally, we will be concerned with specific issues like immigration legislation and its effect on access to public aid, rationing health care to the old, the effects
of devolution on welfare-to-work, new initiatives in child support enforcement, etc. Each class will focus on factors
promoting or impeding health and welfare reform, and the social implications for such changes. Thus, there will be
a special emphasis on current events and future prospects to support the poor, the young, the infirmed, and the old.
Although the format of the course is fairly structured and lecture-oriented, there will be a great deal of room for
following-up on interesting and controversial issues through class participation.

The amount of time devoted to discussion will depend on issues that are of greatest interest to you and your classmates.


Diana M. DiNitto (2005). Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, Sixth edition. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Kennedy, Michelle. (2006). Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless with Kids in America. New York: Penguin Books.

All class materials are available on the University Blackboard Learning System.

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