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360.247 Introduction to Social Policy and Inequality: Baltimore and Beyond
How can we address pressing social problems, such as inner-city poverty, inequality in educational attainment among children from different backgrounds, and disparities in access to health care? Social policy refers to the programs, legislation, and governmental activities that regulate access to important social, financial, and institutional resources needed by members of a society to address these concerns. Social policy also aims to reduce inequality, especially in the areas of education, health, income, housing, neighborhoods, and employment. The study of social policy is interdisciplinary, and this course will introduce students to the basic concepts in economics, political science, and sociology relevant to the study of social problems and the programs designed to remedy them. We will cover issues of national policy importance, as well as issues specifically affecting Baltimore City and the metropolitan region. This course is open to all students, but will be required for the new social policy minor. The course is also recommended for students who are interested in law school, medical school, programs in public health, and graduate school in related social science fields. The course will be taught in a lecture/discussion format by a team of three professors. In Fall 2014, these will be Kathryn Edin (sociology) Barbara Morgan (economics), and Adam Sheingate (political science). 3 credits.
See below for a comprehensive list of course electives. Please consult your academic adviser or course catalog for a list of courses currently being offered.
360.387, Cities, Crime and the Constitution
This course is meant to introduce students to the profound challenge of crime in American cities and to the opportunities and obstacles to address it. From gangs, gun violence, and the narcotics trade to crimes targeting vulnerable populations like children and the elderly, the course will survey the breadth and character of criminal enterprises in cities like Baltimore. Students will confront vexing questions raised by contemporary criminal justice practices relating to race, poverty, privacy, and policing. Students will also examine whether institutional reform in the areas of juvenile justice, conviction integrity, fairness in sentencing, and reentry reflect the Constitution’s promise of equal justice for all.
360.400, Social Policy Senior Seminar
This capstone seminar course, normally offered in the fall semester, involves discussion and research among students who have completed the intensive semester and is intended to build up experiences in that semester.