Course Number: 
48800

This course examines social issues and policy dilemmas generated by the changing institution of the family. A particular focus of the course is the ongoing evolution of social policy regarding the role of the state in managing relationships between children and their caregivers, particularly with respect to vulnerable and/or stigmatized populations (e.g., the poor, single-parent families, families of color, sexual minorities). The course will examine legislation and administrative regulation in one or more of the following areas: public assistance for low-income families; child custody; child care; youth policy including juvenile corrections; child welfare services; and adoption. It will also provide a cross-national comparison of policies intended to promote child and family welfare.