Gender and Race, Work, and Public Policy OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Level Social Science Course

Published Jan 18, 2009

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'Gender and Race, Work, and Public Policy' is offered as a free OpenCourseWare by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) Department of Urban Studies and Planning. This course examines how the issues of gender and race affect work-related public policies, such as affirmative action and childcare policies. This graduate-level course is appropriate for students studying Public Policy, Urban Studies, Sociology, Anthropology or a related field.

Gender and Race, Work, and Public Policy: Course Specifics

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Gender and Race, Work, and Public Policy: Course Description

This OpenCourseWare is built around an extensive list of readings and examples of previous students' assignments. Students take a critical look at the roles that gender and race play in shaping public policy. Readings are grouped into specific themes, such as gender-specific strategies used to balance family with work and labor force structural inequities. Students examine specific policies, including parental-leave policies and affirmative action, from the perspective of race and gender. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the inequalities in the workplace that are caused by gender and race. Students will learn how to develop and defend their own ideas for change and advancement in these areas. The reading list for this course was compiled by Professors Mindy Fried and Ceasar McDowell. 'Gender and Race, Work, and Public Policy' is offered through the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning.

The OpenCourseWare includes a reading list, descriptions of writing assignments and samples of previous students' work. To download the course materials or to learn more, visit the gender, race, work and public policy course page.

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