WGS 345 • Family Policy Issues-W
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
This is a major writing component course for juniors or seniors who already have some background in family social science. It focuses on some current policy-related debates concerning the state of families in modern societies. More specifically, it is organized around key issues of disagreement among three major ideological factions, namely, the tradionalist-conservatives, the communitarian-centrists, and the individualist-progressives. Students will read materials written from all three perspectives and will be encouraged to formulate a personal perspective on the issues discussed.
The grade will be based 55% on a 15-25 page paper dealing with a major policy-related family issue and 45% on 3 examinations (mixed objective and essay) over the assigned readings and materials presented in class. The grade on the paper will be based equally on the substance and the writing, and although it will in no way be based on what position or perspective the student chooses, it will be based to some extent on the logic and evidence used to support that position. The paper will go through at least two drafts; the professor will give feedback on the first of these and the grade will be based on the final draft only. Oral reports on the paper projects (either individual or team reports, depending on class size) will not be graded, but participation is required for successful completion of the course.