This course considers the impact of public choices on life within families. It is generally offered during the state legislative session in order to give students opportunity to participate in the legislative process. The policy issues covered vary from year to year. Topics may cover competing rights of children and parents, culturally-specific/friendly family policy, international family policy comparisons, and other family policy issues.
- Apply family policy concepts to a policy issue and write an effective letter to an elected official arguing for his/her support or opposition to a legislative initiative.
- Explain how government actions can improve or decrease the well being of families.
- Identify which policies affect families.
- Understand how socio-cultural changes affect families and family policy.
- Write four five-page papers discussing various issues related to family policy.
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.