PSCI 380
Sex Marriage Family Spring 2023
Division II
Cross-listed SOC 390
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Something has happened to America over the past fifteen years. Large minorities of young adults, especially young men, are now celibate. Cohabitation has skyrocketed but marriage is disappearing, and the country’s birth rate is at an all-time low. Not surprisingly, loneliness has become epidemic. A similar story can be told for most other developed countries. The implications for political polarization, economic growth, social insurance programs, public health, military defense, even national survival are grim. What is the cause of this loss of faith in the future? Can public policy reverse these trends? This course is an investigation into relations between the sexes in the developed world, the fate of children and the family, and government attempts to shape them. The course investigates family models in historical and comparative context; the family and the welfare state; the economics of sex, gender, marriage, and class inequality; the dramatic value and behavioral changes of Gen Z around sex, cohabitation, and parenthood; and state policies to encourage partnership/marriage and childbearing in both left-wing (Scandinavia) and right-wing (Central Europe) variants.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 16
Expected: 14
Class#: 3927
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Two 4-5 page papers, 12-15 page research paper, discussion questions, class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Economy, Political Science, and Sociology majors and prospective majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
SOC 390 Division II PSCI 380 Division II
Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
PSCI American Politics Courses
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses

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