Fall 2014  |  PA 5522 Section 001: International Development Policy, Families, and Health (34317)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/02/2014 - 12/10/2014
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 210
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Course Catalog Description:
Implications of paid/unpaid labor for development policy, using household as prism. Legal/cultural use of property rights. Financial effects of ill health. Caregiving. Work-family conflict, policies that alleviate it. Role of gender. Qualitativequantitative methods. Readings, lectures, discussions.
Class Description:
Whether in an Andean town or a city in the United States, family members negotiate how to spend money and time; who should be employed for pay; who should care for the young, the elderly and the ill; and even how much physical abuse one individual can inflict on another. Surprisingly, until recently it was assumed that households functioned as single decision-making units and that providing resources to heads of households, usually assumed to be men, would improve the well-being of all members of the household. It is now known that households do not behave as cohesive units; bargaining over the allocation of resources is intensely conditioned by gender-based power differentials. In order to guide development policy, scholars strive to understand what augments or diminishes bargaining power. Property ownership, wage income, paid and unpaid work, individual health, and social capital among other elements are all interrelated in a complex web, and all have implications for an individual's bargaining power within the household. In addition, all of these factors are heavily influenced by gendered cultural norms and expectations. Through readings, lectures and discussions, this course will invite students to explore the implications of paid and unpaid labor for development policy using household economics and family health as a prism. After studying various theoretical frameworks of household economics and family health, a range of topics will be explored including property ownership, the legal and cultural use of property rights, the financial effects of ill health, and the feedback loop that financial strain places on health, as well as work-family conflict and policies that alleviate such conflict. The role of gender and an overview of qualitative methods used in this field will be incorporated throughout the course.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 November 2012

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