Spring 2022  |  PA 5690 Section 001: Topics in Women, Gender and Public Policy -- Gender and Welfare Policy in Global Perspective (65848)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
9 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Meets With:
PA 8690 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
Class Notes:
Class Description:

We will compare historical and contemporary social policy "regimes" and their impacts on individuals and societies in Europe and the Americas. The course centers on four questions: 1) How are social policies "gendered","raced" and "classed"? We will consider multiple feminist perspectives and approaches which show how social policies are based on specific assumptions about gender and its intersections with race, class and immigrant status and in turn create or reinforce a particular social order. 2) Why do welfare policies in different countries look so different? We will analyze the historical development of welfare policies with specific attention to interactions between states, political parties, unions, firms, and social movements - including women's movements. Understanding the historical political determinants of current policies can provide clues to appropriate strategies for change. 3) What lessons can we glean from other countries to promote equity across gender and other forms of inequality? We will dive into research that measures the impact of specific social policies on equity and consider the appropriateness and transferability of policy ideas across borders. 4) What are the contemporary challenges to social welfare systems and their ability to promote gender equity? We will consider stagnating birth rates that threaten the economic solvency of social policy systems; the pressures of refugees and mass migration; and how the global COVID-19 pandemic has both revealed and exacerbated underlying deficiencies in social policy systems.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Masters students interested in learning lessons from other countries' experiences with implementing policies to promote gender equity should take 5690. A doctoral version (that meets with 5690) is available through 8690. Doctoral students interested in social welfare policy will receive a strong foundation in this literature from this course.
Learning Objectives:

• An understanding of the sometimes-hidden ways social policies reinscribe gender, race and class inequalities

• Evidence-based lessons from around the world on what policies have worked best to reduce gender inequalities and their intersections with race and class

• Clarity on the major contemporary challenges to social welfare systems and their gendered impacts - from influxes of refugees to the COVID-19 pandemic

• Lessons from history for thinking analytically and strategically about opportunities for pragmatic and transformational social policy change

Exam Format:
No final exam. A final policy paper is required.
Class Format:
This is a discussion-based, seminar style course.
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/cewig_PA5690_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 December 2021

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