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Fall 2010 - 61010 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Family Policy

Instructor(s): Osborne, Cynthia
Unique Number: 61010
Day & Time: Th 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.216/219
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

The primary goals of this course are to examine the demographic, economic, and social changes that have taken place in the family over the past several decades and to identify what these changes mean for public policies aimed at strengthening families. We will address several questions, including: What has happened to the family? How much help do families need and what type of help? Who needs help the most?

How successful have policies been at helping families in the past? What ought government do to help families? Should government promote marriage? The focus will primarily be on US federal family policy, but will also consider comparative perspectives of policies and demographic changes. The course will be primarily discussion-based and will require a substantial amount of reading. Students will work in groups to prepare a briefing book detailing a family policy agenda.

Cross-listed with WGS 393