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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2006

WGS 345 • 12-Family Policy Issues-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49740 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
BUR 231
Glenn, N

Course Description

Consideration of liberal, conservative, and centrist views concerning the major family policy issues facing the United States and other advanced industrial societies. This is a substantial writing component course for juniors and seniors who already have some background in family social science. It focuses on current policy-related debates concerning the state of families in modern societies. More specifically, it is organized around key issues of disagreement among major ideological factions, including conservatives, communitarians, liberals, and libertarians. Students will read materials written from various perspectives and will be encouraged to formulate a personal perspective or position on the issues discussed.

Grading Policy

55%: 15-30 pg paper dealing with a major policy related family issue 15%: Exam 1 15%: Exam 2 15%: Exam 3 Up to 2 points may be added to the final class average for outstanding class participation.


David Popenoe and others, Promises to Keep. Sephanie Coontz, The Way We Really Are. Nijole Benokraitis, Feuds About Families William Bennett, The Broken Hearth.


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