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Syllabus for Sociology 328: Agencies


Agencies Class Readings and Lecture Notes

Tour of Important Web Sites for Agency Class

Methods of Peacemaking
Another of Howard Richards' courses at Earlham.
This one focuses on "debriefing," and also brings in
some interesting points on the extent to which we
can entertain a different perspective. Link added July 21, 1999.

Aid in World Crises: Pharmaceuticals to Kosovo
Warehousing the Violently Mentally Ill

Agency Sites on the Web

California Welfare Information Network
World Health Organization Sites
Safer Sex: A WHO Link

National Institute for Literacy Links



Scheduled Internet Readings


  1. California Welfare Information Network
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

    exercise: explain in 50 words or less what TANF is? Explain whether federal or state guidelines.

  2. Federal Locator Quick Jumps
    Gives an agency structure and overview, with quick links to each agency.
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

  3. California State Departments and Agencies
    Searchable index with direct links to agencies.
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

    exercise: Describe in 50 words or less the issue of capture of an agency by professional bureaucrats. Reference for this in lecture notes.

  4. Government tackles problems like illiteracy.

    National Institute for Literacy Links

    How does the government handle a problem like illiteracy?

    How does the government define a problem like illiteracy?

    How does this compare to how other governments handle illiteracy?

    Include L.A. Times Read by 9.

  5. Aid During World Crises: Kosovo and Drugs

    "Among U.S. Donations, Tons of Worthless Drugs", By Reed Abelson, p. A1. NYTimes, June 29, 1999.

    This article will only be current for a short time on the New York Times. Esentially, Abelson reports the distress of the relief workers that many of the drugs sent to provide much-needed medical assistance during the Kosovo crisis were within three months of expiration, or were non-essential items like "Nicotrol anti-smoking inhalers," "Chap Stick," "Preparation H." Abelson attributes this to the write-offs drug companies are permitted for their donations during such crises, and the temptation to rid their warehouses of old drugs.

    The New England Journal of Medicine

    Searching through the entire index of 1997, I found the article to which Abelson refers in the December 18, 1997 issue. At least I found many other interesting articles along the way.

    "Inappropriate Drug-Donation Practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1992 to 1996"
    The New England Journal of Medicine -- December 18, 1997 -- Vol. 337, No. 25, The Sounding Board.
    Link added June 29, 1999.

    Dumping by drug companies? Does that relate to "capture," and what could be done about it? Like outrage?



Tour of Important Web Sites for Agency Class

  1. Public Diplomacy Forum
    of the United States Information Agency.
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

  2. State/Local Gateway for Interagency Access to Information
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

  3. Welfare Information Network
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

  4. California Welfare Information Network
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

  5. The Federal Web Locator
    One stop information source for federal web sites.
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

  6. Federal Locator Quick Jumps
    Gives an agency structure and overview, with quick links to each agency.
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

  7. California State Departments and Agencies
    Searchable index with direct links to agencies.
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

  8. Center for Information Law and Policy
    Link tested June 17, 1999.

  9. Community Relations Service
    Link tested June 18, 1999.