Spring 2009 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Women and the Changing World of Work, Marriage and Family: New Policies for a New Century
Instructor(s): Jacqueline Angel
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62420
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.111
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Description: This course deals with the dramatic impact of social, demographic, and labor force changes on social policies related to women and family. The seminar will consist of an examination of policies focused on aspects of marriage, family and work for adult women, minorities, and the elderly. In previous generations, a women's welfare was based upon her husband's earnings. That world has changed profoundly. Increasingly, a women's economic security is her own responsibility, and social policies including retirement policies, must change to reflect that new reality. In barely two generations norms and expectations concerning work and family have altered greatly. Women who are today in their fifties and sixties have grown up in a world in which marital disruption has become common. Unlike their grandmothers, younger generations of women, especially the more educated, can not count on their husbands or guarantee their economic security. Women no longer work to simply supplement their income but to build their own nest egg. As a result, many single women find themselves at a serious disadvantage in the event their marriage or work fails.

This course is offered to all graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. The seminar is one of the topical electives in The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, Sociology Department, and fulfills requirements for the LBJ School specialization in economics and social policy.
Course Requirements and Grading: The course will be organized as a combination of lecture, peer discussion, and application sessions. Course grades will be based on three major requirements, including (1) a final policy analysis paper and oral presentation (50%); (2) leading a discussion section (25%); and (3) participation in weekly seminar discussions (25%).

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