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Columbia University

Health, Housing, and Educational Services

Columbia University via Coursera


Course 5 discusses policies in four areas: housing, education, healthcare, and immigration, with an optional fifth module in child protection. This course addresses issues of power, oppression, and white supremacy.

-First we’ll look at housing policy, with its contrasting supports for homeowners and renters.

-Then we’ll interpret the structure that provides education and examine debates about its future.

-The third module will differentiate the issues in the U.S. healthcare system and develop the structure of public healthcare programs.

-Next, the course will lay out immigration policies and weigh the push and pull of the debate about immigration reform.

-The optional fifth module traces the child protection system its beginnings to the present day and appraises the failures and strengths of the system.

The course is part of a sequence in social policy that has an HONORS TRACK. This track will prepare the learner for masters-level work in policy, which involves reading the literature, writing concise summaries and probing critiques. Over the sequence the learner will develop a policy analysis that will create a foundation for professional policy analyst assignments.

Taught by

John Robertson


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