Week 1 – Jan 31
Introduction to the course
What is the Welfare state?
Week 2 - February 7
Market and society
Week 3 - February 14
Movie debate: Germinal (watch at home)
Origins of welfare states
Emergence of Welfare States. Presentation and discussion.
Week 4 - February 21
The New Deal
Regulating the Poor, The Functions of Public Welfare.
Fox Piven, Frances & Cloward, Richard. Regulating the Poor, The Functions of Public Welfare. Vintage 2012. Chapter 2 (pp. 61-79)
Michael Goldfield, Worker Insurgency, Radical Organization, and New Deal Labor Legislation. The American Political Science Review
Vol. 83, No. 4 (Dec., 1989), pp. 1257-1282 (26 pages)
The state under capitalism
- Block, Fred. 1987. “The Ruling Class Does Not Rule.” In Revising State Theory. Essays in Politics and Postindustrialism, 51–68. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Week 5 - February 28
Theories of welfare state
Welfare regimes framework
Decommodification & Stratification
Week 6 - March 6
The Neoliberal assault on welfare
Presentation. Neoliberalism: welfare under attack.
Clinton’s welfare reform
No money no love; Poverty in America.
"No money no love; Poverty in America." The Economist 20 Aug. 2016: 21(US). Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 19 Jan. 2020.
The Welfare Reform Disaster
Fording, Richard & Schram, Sanford. "The Welfare Reform Disaster". Jacobin (n.d) Retrieved from: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/08/welfare-reform-clinton-twentieth-anniversary-poverty/
The End of Welfare as We Know It
Semuels, Alana. "The End of Welfare as We Know It" The Atlantic (2016, Apr. 1)
Justin Haskins and Logan Pike
Haskins, Justin and Pike, Logan. Twenty Years Later, Welfare Reform Remains Wildly Successful And Oddly Controversial (2016, Aug. 22)
Week 7 – March 13
Field Trip: Museum of the City of New York. Exhibition 'Activist of New York.'
Week 8 - March 20
Welfare state and gender. Feminist perspectives.
Housework and Second wave feminism
Intersections of welfare and feminism
Week 9 – March 27
Movie Roma. Stream in class and complete assignment.
Week 10 – April 3
Welfare State in the US
U.S. Health care system. The current mess.
Week 11 – April 10 - SPRING BREAK
Week 12 – April 17
Welfare in the US: Current Debates
U.S. Health care system. Looking ahead.
Medicare-for-all. Presentation and discussion with Dr. Michael Pappas.
Followed by: Medicare-for-all. In-class debate.
Week 13 – April 24
Schooling and segregation
Week 14 – May 1
Welfare in peripheral countries
Welfare policies in Latin America
Huber, Evelyne, and Juan Bogliaccini. 2010. “Latin America.” In The Oxford Handbook of
the Welfare State, edited by Francis Castles et al. Oxford; New York. Oxford University Press.
Imperialism and welfare in oppressed nations
Presentation and discussion
Week 15 – May 8
Green New Deal / Federal jobs guarantee
Readings: Articles by Kate Aronoff, Robert Pollin (NLR), Robert Belano, Data for Progress, PoliticoMag.
Final class reflections