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Approx. 16 hours to complete
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What you will learn

  • Describe the development of the welfare state across developed nations distinguishing choices made in education, health or pensions

  • Evaluate the structures of the US welfare state to explain US choices in education, health or pensions of those seeking aid.

  • Differentiate the public and private welfare state to interpret structures of education, health or pensions to those seeking services

  • Honors: Summarize and critique readings to professionally interpret them. Identify a topic to a professional memo.

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. 16 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Social Policy and the Welfare State

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
9 videos
Sequence Opening - Why study Social Policy with John Robertson?3m
Domains5m
Values5m
Expenditures6m
Welfare State6m
Module 1 Wrap Up40s
The Honors assignments9m
Policy Project: Introduction9m
1 reading
Reading 1: The Welfare State10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 1 Overview15m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Social Policy Structure

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Education4m
Healthcare7m
Social Insurance6m
Public Aid3m
Social Services5m
Platforms, Floors and Safety Nets by Professor Garfinkel2m
Housing4m
Module 2 Wrap Up2m
1 reading
Federal Benefits and Services for People with Low Income10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 2 Overview15m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Comparing U.S. Social Policy with Europe: Investment & Effects

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 43 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Education8m
Early Childhood by Professor Waldfogel6m
Healthcare9m
Income6m
Leader? Or Laggard? by Professor Garfinkel5m
Module 3 Wrap Up1m
2 readings
Dr. Heidi Allen's TEDMED talk on "the cost of being uninsured in America"10m
Welfare State Myths and Measurement10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 3 Overview15m
Week
4

Week 4

6 hours to complete

Does the Welfare State Enrich Us of Impoverish Us?

6 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 79 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
13 videos
Size of the Welfare State5m
The Structure of the Welfare State9m
Floors, Platforms and Safety Nets3m
Outcomes7m
Fragile Families by Professor Garfinkel6m
Wealth & the Welfare State by Professor Garfinkel6m
Economic Conservatives5m
Social Conservatives4m
Liberalism & Social Democrats9m
Module 4 Wrap Up1m
Summary & Critique Description5m
Summary and Critique: How to Evaluate8m
1 reading
Understand the Hidden $1.1 Trillion Welfare System and How to Reform it20m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 4 Overview15m

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