PubPol 495.003

PubPol 495.003: Policy Seminar: Social Welfare Policy

Level
Undergraduate
Term
Fall 2021
Days
Monday, Wednesday
Time
11:30 am-12:50 pm EST
Course Location
1230 Weill Hall
Course Section
003
U-M Course Number
33132
Credit Hours
4

Policy Seminar: Social Welfare Policy 

What are the key features of the U.S. social welfare system, and how did the current welfare system come to be? What are the implications of changing demographics and a changing workforce for the future of the social safety net? 

This course will provide an overview of the U.S. social welfare system, encompassing topics such as income transfer policies like the minimum wage, cash welfare, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and a universal basic income, as well as family leave policies, education policies, health and nutrition policies, and housing policies. We will examine the history of the U.S. social welfare system, how it differs from other developed nations, and what we know from research on the intended and unintended consequences of these policies and their disparate impacts on different demographic groups within the U.S. We?ll also discuss how these policies evolved over time as public attitudes shifted, and potential reforms for the future.