This course has four modules, or foci. The first is to understand the categories of social welfare—populations, income, earnings, and assets— and some related concepts that play a very large role in shaping policy decisions: unemployment, inflation, and the minimum wage. The second deals with the central institution of social welfare—the labor market, which largely determines how many resources a person has. The labor market also establishes hierarchy, both through meritocracy and through categories of privilege. The third is poverty: the differing ways we define who is poor, and how effective U.S. anti-poverty efforts have been. The final module looks directly at federal decision making, the political organization of ideas, the structure of U.S. government, and the legislative process that shapes much of our social policy. This course addresses issues of power, oppression, and white supremacy.
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TOP REVIEWS FROM POVERTY & POPULATION: HOW DEMOGRAPHICS SHAPE POLICY
The first half of the course was a little redundant, but the second half on government was EXCELLENT!!! Thanks again!
It is an amazing course. It is changing my life. Thank you Columbia, school of social work and coursera!
Very well done. I gained solid base knowledge from this course.
Very insightful, well-organized, and interesting guest speakers. Overall an experience I would recommend!
About the Social Policy for Social Services & Health Practitioners Specialization
In the U.S., social policy accounts for two-thirds of government spending. Knowing how policies are constructed, what values underlie them, and how they succeed or fail makes everyone more effective at work or in their civic role. This specialization includes an HONORS track in which learners will complete a professional social policy analysis.
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