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US Social Services Compared

Columbia University via Coursera

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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 11 hours worth of material
  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Overview

In all nations, social policy is a very large public investment. Course 1 will explore the size, structure, and outcomes of U.S. social policy and compare this policy to those of similar developed countries. The course will also probe the values this policy represents and the values debate regarding about how big our welfare state should be— in other words, how much of our education, housing, health, income support, and social services the government should supply and how much individuals should supply for themselves. This course addresses issues of power, oppression, and white supremacy.

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.

Syllabus

Social Policy and the Welfare State
-In this module, you will develop an understanding of the domains, values, and expenditures of the U.S. welfare state.

Social Policy Structure
-In this module, you will explore the domains of the US welfare state and differentiate the floor, platform and safety net components

Comparing U.S. Social Policy with Europe: Investment & Effects
-This module will compare US and comparable western nations in a country's approach to education, health care and income stability. The module will address the relative place of the US in the structure of it welfare state.

Does the Welfare State Enrich Us of Impoverish Us?
-In this module, we will explain the size, structure and outcomes of US social policy when compared with comparable developed nations and to differentiate the conservative approaches to social welfare

Taught by

John Robertson

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