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Policy & Institutions: Family, Education, Health & Social Work

Government pursues public policies with the aim of improving or protecting the individual or social welfare of its citizens.  Wide-ranging policies touch every aspect of life, including the family, economic support, education, and health.  This concentration serves both to increase students overall understanding of sociological institutions (and the literature about them) while also focusing how specific policies are developed and the ramifications of policy for individuals, families, and society.  Courses that address public policy issues include “Social Welfare Policy”, “The Family”, “Children & Public Policy”, “Education”, “Medical Sociology” and a range of other courses that touch on social work and community organizing as well.

Course Offerings:
Sociology of the Family 201                               
Sociology of Education 203
Intro to Social Work Profession 231
Community Organization and Action 235
Social Welfare Policy 237
Child Welfare 239
Medical Sociology 301
Work & Society 315W [Writing Intensive Course]
Sociology of Organizations 321
Food and Society 325
Organizational Dynamics 425.46
Children & Public Policy 330
LGBTQ & Public Policy (New)
Field Work (New)

Professors Affiliated

Prof. Margaret Chin
Prof. Erica Chito-Childs
Prof. Mark Halling
Prof. Jessica Hardie
Prof. Donald Hernandez
Prof. Howard Lune
Prof. Pamela Stone

Areas of concentration

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Faculty Publications

Across Generations
Building Popular Power
Fighting To Learn
High Profile Crimes
New York and Amsterdam
One Out of These
Opting Out
Questioning The Veil
Sadomasochism In Everyday Life
Seeing The Light
Sewing Women
Strangers No More
The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis
Torture Twilight of Empire
Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media
A Dream Denied
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era
Foucault's Orient
Oh Book Cover
Opting In
White Lies
Cyber Racism
Going Public
Digital Sociologies
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