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Theories and Principles of Socially Just Policies

SW638, Section 003

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.

Semester: Winter 2021
Instructor: Daniel Alvarez
U-M Class #: 39155
Time: Tue 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Other SW638 Offerings

* The course listings below are provided for reference only. These offerings may be subject to change or cancellation.


Term Section Days Time  
Winter 2022 001 Tue 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course
Winter 2022 002 Tue 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course

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