Taught in English. This interdisciplinary course provides the opportunity to combine the subject areas of sociology, economics, political science and social policy. It introduces students to social science ideas, and how they relate to illustrative social policy concerns. The course is organized around major social policy issues such as poverty and inequality; family life; aging and old-age income security; labor market and unemployment; healthcare; education and training, which are then studied under classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives, notably the structural-functional approach, the social-conflict theories and the symbolic-interaction perspective.
Class taught by Tsinghua’s School of Public Policy & Management and may not be available every semester. Tsinghua’s exam schedule for this course may require students to stay beyond the regular SU Beijing program end-date.
Department: Public Administration and International Affairs