A basic sociological fact of life is that social policies today offer fewer real supports for the shelterless, hungry, poor, ill, and traditionally discriminated. Though this is largely a result of political process through which habitual prejudices express themselves, it is also partly a result of declining resources. Even the most wealthy societies, like the U.S., seem to lack the wealth to fund basic social justice and welfare programs. A triage society is one in which scarcity is so great and politics so harsh that social benefits are arbitrarily assigned to those in favor with those in power, while others are systematically excluded to the point of mortal danger. The course will deal specifically with problems of the environment, children, AIDS, and housing and homelessness. Lectures will be provided by visitors who are experts in the formation and/or implementation of public policy and are involved in understanding and solving today's most pressing social problems. Follow-up discussion will analyze the issues raised in the lectures and in related readings. The goal of the course is to develop basic skills in social, ethical and policy analysis as applied to urgent, practical issues in the society.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SOC Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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