Course Descriptions

HS 334A — Child and Family Policy: U.S. and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Draws on a number of social science disciplines and women's studies to explore the construction of public policies that shape the lives of children and families. It will focus on material from the United States and will use examples from other countries for comparative purposes. The course will explore some of the key components of family policy as they have developed in the U.S. and provide a critical examination of the ways in which "the state" may alternately facilitate, control and constrain women's choices about whether and when to have children, and the conditions surrounding the employment and care of children and other family members. It will further consider the current economic and political context and how families strategize to combine jobs and family care. Usually offered every year.
Marji Warfield