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

Spring 2008


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Course Description

This is a substantial writing component course for juniors and seniors with 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 read materials written from various perspectives and are encouraged to form a personal position on the issues discussed.

Grading Policy

The grade is based 55 percent of a 15-30 page paper dealing with a major policy related family issue, and 15 percent on each of three examinations given during the semester (mixed and essay) over the assigned readings and materials presented in class. Up to two 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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