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  • PSYCHOLOGY 290    Section: 1

    Developmental Science and Public Policy

    Fall Quarter 2014

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. See instructor for CRN.
    With the Obama administration charting new directions in many areas of child and family policy, I hope that this seminar will be a relevant reflection on the role of developmental research in the creation and reform of such policies.  Using a variety of multidisciplinary readings, we will look at the changing American family and its relevance to family policy; historical perspectives on child and family policy in the post-WWII era; the various roles of research in policy development; comparative international perspectives on family policy; and the special problems encountered in the legal system related to children.  We will also touch on a variety of specific policy areas, such as early education and school readiness; the effects of welfare reform on child development; early child care (quality and consequences); home visitation; divorce and child custody; early childhood mental health; child maltreatment and child protection; child poverty and its consequences; and school reform.  These topics may also be themes for student seminar papers.  Although our focus will tend to be on policymaking at the federal level, it is impossible to seriously address these issues without a multilevel analysis of family policy. 

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    102A Young F   9:00 AM - 11:50 AM
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    Ross Thompson , Ph.D. 279 Young Hall