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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Political Science (PSC)
Poverty, Welfare, and Work
Poverty, Welfare, and Work
Spring 2016
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PSC 1002

Robert Stoker
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The elements and politics of America’s welfare state. Social welfare policies and how they relate to work and poverty.
• Students should understand poverty in the U.S. and how it has changed over time. • Students should understand the design and distributive implications of the major social welfare programs and policies in the U.S., including means-tested transfer programs, social insurance programs, tax provisions that compose the hidden welfare state, and corporate welfare benefits. • Students should be able to critically examine the distinction between welfare and social insurance programs. • Students should understand the important policy changes that were made by the federal welfare reform of 1996. • Students should understand the social security financial crisis and its relationship to fiscal strains the federal government must confront. • Students should understand how path dependency and policy feedback effects influence stability and change in U.S. social policies. • Students should understand the political effects of policies on target groups, interest groups, political elites, and the mass public.
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CCAS - GCR:Social & Behavioral
SEAS - Soc. Science Electives
This course has been offered under a topics number - PSC 2224. It will count for our major's Group B distribution requirement. It will also satisfy the policy focus/policy minor requirement.
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