|Prerequisites:||Foundation Essentials required|
|Mgmt & Leadership||Elective|
|Policy & Political||Requirement (Host)|
|Children & Families||Elective|
In this course, students will be exposed to various theoretical frameworks informing policy development and gain an understanding of basic economic principles frequently employed in policy debates and discussions. With this knowledge, students will be able to identify, in a more sophisticated and nuanced way, policies that promote social justice and those that do not; understand how certain theoretical frameworks and ideas have been used to oppress and empower different groups, and identify points of interventions within existing institutions.
One part of the course will cover different concepts of justice, fairness, and equity as they apply to public policy. Students will also interrogate ideas about neoliberalism, capitalism, globalization, and financialization and their influence on policies. Students will be introduced to concepts from economic theory that often used to promote or thwart the development of certain policies. This includes the concepts of supply and demand; market failure; and public goods.
1. Describe and identify various theoretical frameworks that undergird public policy debates;
2. Identify and explain the roles of major actors in the policy process;
3. Understand the basic nature of supply and demand, markets, public goods, and other economic concepts;
4. Apply the principles of social, economic, and environmental justice to critically analyze public policies;
5. Determine opportunities to advance social justice within existing political and policy institutions;
6. Identify how economic theories inform public policy debates and describe the consequences for social justice
This course will use multiple methods including but not limited to: lectures, case studies, readings, guest speakers, discussions, written assignments, individual and group exercises. The course will be offered primarily in person with the possibility of a hybrid structure.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106