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American University Washington College of Law    
 
    
 
  Jan 18, 2018
 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LAW - 987 Gender, Inequality, and the State


(3 hrs.)

Examines gender, inequality and social policy in the United States by examining the feminization of poverty, as well as how the welfare bureaucracy, tax policy, the health care system and other government programs reinforce gender, class, and racial inequality. Students will discuss in detail some of the significant public policies and social welfare programs that affect the lives of women and their families, including welfare, job training, unemployment, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, health insurance, child protective services, taxes, credit, housing, food stamps, and community economic development. The course will emphasize the role that public interest lawyers, pro bono attorneys, government policy makers, and advocates can play in shaping responses to the challenges faced by low and middle income families in the current economic crisis. Kraiem