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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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

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

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

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    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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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: Four weeks, 4 hours per week -- HONORS Course Four weeks, 8 hours per week ...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

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. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
Introduction: Why Social Policy?2m
Domains5m
Values5m
Expenditures6m
Welfare State6m
Module 1 Wrap Up40s
Policy Project: Introduction9m
Policy Project: Choosing Your Topic9m
Reading1 reading
Reading 1: The Welfare State10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 1 Overview15m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

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...
Reading
9 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Education4m
Healthcare7m
Social Insurance6m
Public Aid3m
Social Services5m
Platforms and Floors by Professor Garfinkel2m
Housing4m
Module 2 Wrap Up2m
Reading1 reading
Congressional Research Service, Appendix A10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 2 Overview15m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 44 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Education8m
Early Childhood by Professor Waldfogel6m
Healthcare9m
Income6m
Leader? Or Laggard? by Professor Garfinkel5m
Module 3 Wrap Up1m
Reading1 reading
Welfare State Myths and Measurement10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 3 Overview15m
Week
4
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

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...
Reading
12 videos (Total 69 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video12 videos
Size of the Welfare State5m
The Structure of the Welfare State9m
Floors and Platforms3m
Outcomes7m
Fragile Families by Professor Garfinkel6m
Wealth & the Welfare State by Professor Garfinkel6m
Economic Conservatives5m
Social Conservatives4m
Module 4 Wrap Up1m
Summary & Critique Description5m
Summary and Critique: How to Evaluate8m
Reading1 reading
Understand the Hidden $1.1 Trillion Welfare System and How to Reform it20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 4 Overview15m

Instructor

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John Robertson

Policy Lecturer
School of Social Work, Columbia University in New York City

About Columbia University

For more than 250 years, Columbia has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world. At the core of our wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries and service to society....

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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