Courses

Spring 2020

Child Policy Research (cornerstone course)

ChildPol 250S.01/PubPol 242S.01
Clara Muschkin
We 3:05-5:35pm

What does it mean to be a child in the 21st century? Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course provides an overview of issues facing today’s youth, from childhood through adolescence. We will begin by exploring social forces that shape the definition of childhood across place and time, and review how different disciplines study children. We will then consider the many social contexts of childhood, including population dynamics, family, schools, the economy, and the media. One of the objectives of this course is to gain an understanding of issues of childhood adversity including poverty, violence, delinquency, education and health inequities, and how public policies address these issues.

This course is required for students working on the Child Policy Research certificate but is open to all undergraduate students.

 

Child Policy Certificate (capstone course)

ChildPol 495S.01/PubPol 420S.01
Clara Muschkin
Th 3:05pm-5:35pm

The goal of this course is to help students learn how to translate their own research for use by policy makers. The course is designed for advanced undergraduates who have already completed or are now completing an independent research project on a topic related to children, families, or education. Students will learn how to translate the knowledge that they have gained from their project into public policy and practice. The course will also enhance students’ ability to relate their acquired knowledge to other disciplines. Students will produce several short products on their own research for diverse audiences (e.g., an Op-Ed for the public, a research summary for scientists in other disciplines, a grant proposal). Students will also critique scholarship from other disciplines and translate it to their own. Students will learn how to present their analyses in oral, academic, and lay-public forums.

This course is required for students working on the Child Policy Research certificate but is open to all undergraduate students.