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

Fall 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49972 TH
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
SRH 3.111

Course 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. Upon completion of the course, students will: Identify the major demographic, economic, and social changes in the family, and how these changes have occurred differently across demographic groups. Clearly articulate the major theories of family change and identify which demographic group each theory applies to best. Distinguish the causal versus selection effects of family structure and family change. Evaluate the effectiveness of policies aimed at redressing family needs. Articulate the competing political and policy arguments on family policy. Evaluate, generate, and present ideas to strengthen families. CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR MUST BE OBTAINED. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. POLICY INTENSIVE SEMINAR. WGS 393 AND W S 393 MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED. MEETS WITH P A 388K.


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