Course Descriptions

HS 529A — Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Social Policy

Examines how social scientists and policymakers define “vulnerable” or “disadvantaged” population groups, how these constructions can shift or change over time, and how policies and programs address inequalities and serve the needs of diverse groups. We explore the causes, correlates, and consequences of inequalities across the lifespan, and consider how race, ethnicity, gender, disability, social class, sexual orientation, age, and their intersections shape lived experiences and well-being. The potential of social movements, institutional restructuring, and policy initiatives to reduce inequalities and promote inclusion, equality, and social justice are analyzed. Usually offered every year.
Alexandra Pineros-Shields