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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. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: Course is 4 wks, 4 hrs/wk -- if you are choosing the HONORS Course it will be 4 wks, 12 hrs/wk...

English

Subtitles: English

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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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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. Teachers, health care workers, police, and social workers interact with policy daily, but all of us should care about the impact and effectiveness of these programs. Health and mental health programs, education, housing and income supports, pensions, criminal justice services, veterans’ programs, child protective services, and immigration services create a support system all Americans will draw upon. They also reveal Americans' ethics and values, indicating how we regard and care for our most vulnerable. This specialization will explore the size, structure, and outcomes of U.S. social policy by -comparing it with the approaches of other developed nations. -examining the history of our efforts and probing population effects that shape policy. -looking deeply into support for families in general, poor families, people with disabilities, and the elderly. -mapping out existing policies for housing, education, healthcare, immigration and child welfare. -addressing issues of power, oppression, and white supremacy. By the end of the course the learner will be at home working in, utilizing, and voting in the U.S. welfare system....
Social Policy for Social Services & Health Practitioners

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