Week 1

cheating welfare

Key Questions

  • How has welfare historically developed? What are the ways in which this development has been influenced by gender, race, and class?

  • How has the development of welfare been entangled with punitive logics? What influenced the increasing punitivity of welfare over the course of its development?

  • What caused welfare and the criminal legal system to become entwined? How are people on welfare criminalized?

Required Materials:

Supplementary Materials:


Create a timeline of the welfare state. How far back should the timeline go? What are defining moments in its development? Continue to add to the timeline while progressing through the remaining weeks.