Spring 2017  |  AFRO 3426 Section 001: African Americans, Social Policy, and the Welfare State (51469)

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
01/17/2017 - 05/05/2017
Wed 06:00PM - 08:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 215
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Course Catalog Description:
Period between New Deal (1930s) and present. History/impact of federal policy (presidential, congressional, judicial) and race on African Americans. Politics of allocation of insurance versus relief in Social Security Act of 1935. Race and expansion of social benefits after World War II. School desegregation. Kennedy's civil rights policy, LBJ's War on Poverty. Affirmative Action. Warren court. Busing. Conservative retreat from welfare state under Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This is a course on the history of public and social policy and African Americans. It attempts to familiarize students with some of the most pertinent issues that continue to dominate the news. This course seeks to place into historical context the present-day commentary on social security, affirmative action, welfare, healthcare, and incarceration. Instead of focusing on political movements, we will address the outcome and manifestation of social and political movements, mainly policy concerns and questions. We will begin with the period that ushered in the tradition of social policy-the New Deal. The New Deal, the Great Society, and other attempts by the federal government to involve itself in the lives of ordinary people will be at the center of our course. But we will go beyond this and explore the racial, class, and gender implications of social and public policy. How are African-Americans situated within the welfare state? Do African-Americans receive and share in social benefits to the same degree as other groups? How are African-Americans impacted by education policies such as affirmative action and busing, reforms in welfare, sentencing, and incarceration? What presidential administrations have been amenable to policies that address the problems facing African-Americans? The goal of the course is to turn students into policy-makers.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 May 2007

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