This course will provide an overview of U.S. social policy and will explore how the government and states respond to inequalities. It will review the development of American social welfare programs and policies from the New Deal to the War on Poverty, declared by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, to the present. The class will also explore the role and impact of race, class, and gender on persistent inequalities and social policy. Considerable attention will be paid to the structural and institutional forces that shape inequalities and inform social policy; the impact of public attitudes and representation on policy outcomes; and other environmental factors and actors affecting policy analysis and modes of reasoning.
|Summer 2009||C. Nicole Mason||Syllabus|