SOCY 3302 History of Social Welfare

(Prior to Fall 2010, this course was known as SOC 32.4.
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3 hours; 3 credits

Historical development of social welfare programs in the United States from the Colonial era through the late 20th century. Relationship between social welfare system and larger social and political struggles over economic and political power, labor markets, and social inequality. Evolution of the welfare state in response to changing social and economic conditions. Role of social movements in shaping state action. Social policy in relation to the maintenance of and changes in class, race, and gender stratification, and changes in the social construction of race and gender over time.

Prerequisite: Core Curriculum 1230 [2.3] with a grade of B- or higher, or Core Studies 3 with a grade of B- or higher, or Sociology *1101 [5] or permission of the chairperson.


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