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SOC 4500  LAW, THE FAMILY, AND PUBLIC POLICY (3 credits)

This course analyzes law and public policy affecting the family in a variety of areas, which include: family violence; divorce, child custody, and child support; reproductive technology, contraception, and abortion; unmarried couples' and parents' rights; welfare; care and support of the aged; rights of parents to determine education and health care of their children; adoption and foster care, etc. New policy proposals and likely changes in law are considered, as well as the process of policy formation and legal change. The role of the professional in this system, including legal regulation and ethical issues, is considered. (Cross-listed with SOC 8506)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior standing or above and six hours of social sciences or human services or permission.