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Social Policy and Inequality in America (Honors)

Professor: Patrick McGuinn
Credits: 4

This course is an online, upper-level, community-based learning seminar on social policy and inequality in America for students interested in an applied learning experience. This course is open to non-Baldwin honors students, as well. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an understanding of American social policy and the politics that surrounds it. The United States has seen a dramatic growth in poverty and inequality in recent years and we will explore the causes and consequences of this development as well as potential government action that might address it. An overview of the existing programs, institutions, and political dynamics for a variety of social policy areas will be provided, with a focus on education, health care, nutrition, and income support. The following questions will guide the course: How do “politics” and “policy” interact around our social welfare system? What are the different values and ideologies that inform debates over social policy? What are the strengths and weaknesses of markets, governments, and communities as societal problem solvers? What kinds of social policies have federal, state, and local governments enacted to assist low-income citizens? Are these policies adequate? Effective? This is a Community-Based Learning course and will require approximately 20 hours of collaborative research, service, and learning with our community partner the Interfaith Food Pantry. Some of this work will take place off of Drew’s campus.

Meeting Time/Dates

  • Time: 1:15pm-3:45pm
  • Day: Wednesdays
  • Term: Spring, 2021

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About Community-Based Learning Courses

CBL classes foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world by working with offcampus community organizations. They seek to benefit their partner organizations and our shared community by addressing a need or strengthening a capacity that serves the common good. In a CBL course, you apply what you learn to real-world problems, providing a “mini-internship” that gives you the opportunity for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to help build your professional network. All CBL classes have been approved as Immersive Experiences.

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