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What you will learn

  • Understand the the US population: age, family structure, education and race/ethnicity to interpret where US social policy is being pushed.

  • Explain poverty & inequality in the US that results in differing levels of privilege, and opportunity to address the needs of those left behind

  • Describe the policy process – legislative, executive, judicial and voluntary – to act to improve US social policy

  • Honors: Report on research of practices on the ground in preparation for a professional policy analysis.

Skills you will gain

- Distinguish the values inherent in each social policy initiative- Critique components of a social policy based on their effectiveness at meeting the goals stated in the initiative- Develop social welfare policy analysis and reform proposals- Differentiate alternative approaches to social policy problems- Formulate practice strategies to overcome the historic biases in social welfare programs
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Beginner Level
Approx. 12 hours to complete
English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Populations, income, poverty and policy

3 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
14 videos
Sequence video: Why Social Policy - Alumni3m
Course Introduction1m
Demography6m
Age, Region, and Race6m
Households and Families5m
Income3m
Earnings5m
GDP4m
Wealth7m
Inflation4m
Unemployment7m
Minimum Wage7m
Module 1 Wrap Up55s
1 reading
Income and poverty in the United States: 201710m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 1 Overview30m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Causes of Poverty and Discrimination

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Sorting5m
Hiring Practices8m
Women in the Labor Market7m
Race and the Labor Market6m
Mass Incarceration by Professor Garfinkel5m
Effects of Racism in the Labor Market6m
The Changing Family by Professor Mincy3m
Module 2 Wrap Up50s
1 reading
The Case for Reparations10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 2 Overview30m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Gender, Race and oppression

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
10 videos
The Causes and Cures of Poverty5m
World Poverty6m
FPL: The Federal Poverty Line5m
Who is Poor?5m
Supplemental Measures of Poverty5m
Alternative Policy Measures by Dr. Wiemer5m
The Impacts of Social Policy on Poverty5m
Poverty Research by Professor Garfinkel5m
Module 3 Wrap Up52s
1 reading
Waging war on poverty: Poverty trends using a historical supplemental poverty measure10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 3 Overview30m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Formulating social policy in the U.S.

5 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
14 videos
The Debate4m
How Social Policy is Made by Professor Lenns4m
Levels and Branches4m
The Legislative Branch4m
The Executive Branch3m
The Judicial Branch4m
Regulations versus Laws by Professor Lenns4m
The Bill Development2m
The Bill: Legislature4m
The Signing of a Bill2m
The Bill Implementation3m
Module 4 Wrap Up2m
Policy Alternatives Overview Video5m
1 reading
The Making of Government Policy10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 4 Overview30m

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