US Social Policy will provide students with an understanding of state and federal social welfare policies and the impact they have on special populations, particularly those in poverty. We will examine the theoretical roots and foundations of social welfare policies (how and why do we design policies the way we do?), discuss social welfare policies that address poverty, examine social welfare policies that target specific needs (e.g. nutrition, health, child maltreatment) and also investigate how policies are targeted at special populations (children, the elderly, immigrants).
*This is a core course open to Ford School students only*