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State Formation and Social Policy

This course examines historical accounts and theoretical analyses of the modern state from the viewpoint of a variety of theories that address power relations in state formation. Particular emphasis will be given to the study of state institutions, policies and political practices as these mobilize, shape and maintain power relations based on gender, race/ethnicity, class and sexualities. State definition and management of "social problems" is key to its power to legitimize or deligitimize certain populations and to determine their access to basic human rights. The ways in which "globalization" is leading to an understanding of the powers of the nation-state will also be addressed. cr 3.

Sociology (2005)