Courses in American Institutions (Division 316)

415/Soc. 415. Organizations, Industries and the State. One of the following: introductory economics, psychology, or political science. (3). (SS).

This course offers an integrated view of the interactions between formal organizations and socio-political systems. It examines large, diversified, modern corporate organizations, explicitly recognizing the constraints imposed by modern state-advanced capitalist societies. It integrates literature from sociology, political science, and economics to provide a better understanding of the organizational, industrial, and political parameters that guide the behavior of particular industries and organizations. The course explicitly includes historical studies and cross-national comparisons of both capitalist and socialist economies. (Zald)

433/Econ. 333. Economic Analysis of Industrial Policy. Econ. 201 and 202. (3). (SS).

This course examines the changing and developing international economy, its consequences for the United States economy, and the demands for an "Industrial Policy" to address these consequences. Topics include; trade and proposed barriers to trade, antitrust in international markets, labor market dislocations and adjustments, automation and research and development. Emphasis is placed on the interacting economic and political dimensions of these topics. (Stafford)

439/Poli. Sci. 439. Inequality in the United States. Econ.. 201 or Poli. Sci. 111. (3). (SS).

This course deals with economic inequality in the U.S. We begin by asking whether the goal of equality competes with other societal goals such as liberty and efficiency. Next we examine the sources of economic inequality. We investigate how and whether the family, neighborhoods, schools, and labor markets exacerbate and/or reduce economic inequality. This is followed by an examination of domestic social policies directed toward economic inequality. The policies examined will include taxes, charity, neighborhood reorganization, and equal opportunity. We will ask whether these policies can be altered to be more effective. This course requires nine short papers and one in class presentation. (Corcoran)

452/Poli. Sci. 480. Political Mobilization and Policy Change. Poli. Sci. 111 or Amer. Inst. 240 or permission of instructor. (4). (SS).

The course is designed to (1) impart an accurate knowledge of the history of political mobilization in America, (2) study theories meant to explain these developments, and (3) assess the impact of changes in political mobilization on both the agenda of American politics and the development of public policy. The course will begin with sessions on the steady widening of political participation and the growth of the attentive public over the past 200 years in American Politics. Topics for the first half of the course will include the expansion of the suffrage during the 19th and 20th centuries; the rise and fall of social movements during both centuries; the founding of American political parties and the rise of interest groups; the development and political role of the media of mass communications; the development of private foundations and other patrons of political action-including activist agencies within federal and state government; and the evolution of government policies toward participation-ranging from voter registration laws to tax deductions for political contributions. The second half will be devoted to such topics as the role of protest and other unconventional forms of political action as political resources; violence and political change in America; the role of public opinion and the influence of ideas as factors leading to both agenda setting and policy adoption by governments. The course will conclude with the examination and evaluation of general theories of political development, social learning, and policy diffusion, agenda setting, and policy making in democratic political systems. (Walker)

468. Politics, Power, and the Public Sector in America, 1820-1920. (4). (SS).

In Fall Term, 1987, this course is jointly offered with History 396, section 002. (McDonald)

471/History 571. American Institutions and the Development of the Family. (4). (SS).

This course will analyze the American family from the colonial period to the present. It will trace changes in the family from a pre-industrial society to a post-industrial one. The approach is topical and will cover such issues as the use of birth control and abortions, childbearing practices, adolescence, role of women, old age, and death and dying. Particular attention will be placed on analyzing the impact of changes in American institutions on the development of the family. Course format consists of lectures and classroom discussions with an emphasis on a critical reading of the assigned materials. The grading will be based upon the midterm and final examination. Some of the readings will include: Michael Gordon's, THE AMERICAN FAMILY IN SOCIAL-HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE; Carl Degler's, AT ODDS: WOMEN AND THE FAMILY IN AMERICA, FROM THE REVOLUTION TO THE PRESENT; and Carole Haber's BEYOND 65: THE DILEMMA OF OLD AGE IN AMERICA'S PAST. (Vinovskis)


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