Family and Work

American Capitalism

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Spring

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2021

How did capitalism emerge, expand and transform daily life in North America over the past 500 years? In this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of how North America turned from a minor outpost of the Atlantic economy into the powerhouse of the world economy, how Americans built a capitalist economy and how that capitalism, in turn, changed every aspect of their lives.... Read more about American Capitalism

Inequality at Work: Contemporary Problems and Policy Solutions

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Spring

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2021

Work is at the core of daily life for most American adults. But the experience of work, of having a good job or a bad job, is starkly unequal and by many accounts work has become more precarious and more polarized over the past several decades. We begin with a broad overview of shifts in American society and the economy that are both backdrop and cause of these changes in work - the transformation of the American labor market by the forces of financialization and de-unionization, changes in American families in terms of family structure, women’s labor force participation, and care giving obligations, and retrenchment in the welfare state.... Read more about Inequality at Work: Contemporary Problems and Policy Solutions

Pandemic Inequalities: Human Rights and Global Health

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Spring

Offered: 

2021

 

COVID-19 has laid bare staggering inequalities within and between countries, as well as legitimacy crises that have been growing for decades in both democratic institutions and global governance. In this context, how should we understand the suffering we or others are experiencing, and the dramatically disparate health and social impacts of this novel coronavirus on diverse groups across our societies and the globe? And what legal, political and economic responses should we demand?... Read more about Pandemic Inequalities: Human Rights and Global Health

Women in US Politics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

This course examines the causes and consequences of gender inequality in politics, the workforce, and the household. We will draw on theory and literature from political science and other disciplines to learn about cutting edge research in the field, focusing on the United States (with some application to other advanced democracies).... Read more about Women in US Politics

Family Law

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

We will study the increasingly complex "marriage system," in which new forms of adult relationship join marriage in the legal order; the rules making marriage a significant distributive institution both in the larger political economy and amongst family members; and the role of criminal law and administrative law in governing conflict among family members.  We will study the role of constitutional law in shaping the family and making family-law and sexual-liberty issues controversial in the polity.... Read more about Family Law

Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families Seminar

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Weekly seminar on topics in Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families. Required for: doctoral students either majoring or minoring in Maternal Child Health/Children Youth and Families (MCH/CYF) until they defend their thesis; masters students concentrating in MCH/CYF for the duration of their program. The MCF/CYF concentration in open to masters and doctoral students in all departments at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.... Read more about Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families Seminar

Litigating in the Family Courts: Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Students in the Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic work directly with clients in matters of divorce, custody and visitation, abuse prevention, paternity, child support, guardianship, and second parent adoptions. Under close supervision of the clinical instructor, students manage all aspects of a family law case, including counseling clients, conducting factual investigation and legal research, developing case strategies, conducting and analyzing discovery, and drafting pleadings.... Read more about Litigating in the Family Courts: Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic

Love's Labors Found: Uncovering Histories of Emotional Labor

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

How do love, care, and desire influence the value of work, and why is emotional labor – which is vital to child or elder care, domestic labor, nursing, teaching, and sex work – often considered to be something other than work? How and why do the racial and gender identities of workers affect the economic, social, and emotional value of their labor?... Read more about Love's Labors Found: Uncovering Histories of Emotional Labor

Roman Catholic Christianity and Contemporary Crises

Semester: 

Spring

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2021

In the face of political and social change, and demands for racial, gender and economic justice, religious traditions struggle to respond while maintaining identity.  As an example, the Second Vatican Council of the early 1960s brought the Roman Catholic Church to a deeper engagement with modern academic scholarship such as historical critical methods of interpreting texts, environmental and evolutionary sciences’ relation to the Church, and the fundamental importance of modern philosophical and political thought to the institution’s self-understanding.... Read more about Roman Catholic Christianity and Contemporary Crises

Psychology of Close Relationships

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

This course is an in-depth exploration of close relationships. Examples of topics to be covered include the biological bases of attraction; relationship formation; the end of relationships through break-up, divorce, or death; relationship satisfaction; deception; gender roles; same-sex relationships; loneliness; relationships and well-being; and public perceptions about relationships.... Read more about Psychology of Close Relationships

History and Human Capital

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Explores a range of subjects concerning human capital, historically and comparatively. Topics include fertility, mortality, health, immigration, women's work, child labor, retirement, education, inequality, slavery, unionization, and governmental regulation of labor, all within the broader context of economic history.... Read more about History and Human Capital

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