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Approx. 7 hours to complete

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What you will learn

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    Differentiate the roots of public aid including the “deserving poor” and the “undeserving poor”

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    Explain technological transformation has impacted on work, incomes & families to understand the needs of those seeking services and to reform system

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    identify the role of privilege and White Supremacy in the social welfare systems to transform the system to a more inclusive structure

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    Honors: Summarize and critique readings to professionally interpret them. Develop a research plan 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
User
Learners taking this Course are
  • Data Scientists
  • Professors

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 hours to complete

Suggested: Four weeks, four hours per week -- HONORS COURSE: Four weeks, eight hours per week ...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
6 hours to complete

Early Roots of Social Policy

14 videos (Total 77 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
14 videos
Sequence Video: Why social policy - Alumni3m
Course Introduction2m
Ancient World5m
Poor Law8m
Poor Law in America6m
Dorothea Dix4m
Child Welfare5m
Scientific Charity7m
Slavery by Professor Mincy6m
White Supremacy5m
Three Leaders7m
Wrapping Up1m
Course 2: Research Plan & Current Practice9m
1 reading
The Beginning of Social Welfare Chapter 330m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 1 Overview15m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Roots of US Social Policy

12 videos (Total 43 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
12 videos
Veterans by Professor Garfinkel1m
Public Health3m
Prohibition6m
Settlement Housing by Professor Simon4m
Workers' Protections3m
Jane Addams by Professor Garfinkel4m
Public Aid2m
Patriarchy3m
Childhood4m
Social Research3m
Wrapping Up1m
1 reading
Birdye Henrietta Haynes: a pioneer settlement house worker (Chapter 3)25m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 2 Overview15m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

The beginnings of the welfare state

9 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
9 videos
The '20s3m
Lecture: First wave feminism - Dr Barbara Simon8m
The Crash3m
The New Deal Part I4m
The New Deal Part II7m
Race3m
World War II5m
Wrapping Up1m
1 reading
Discrimination and social justice in the United States.10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 3 Overview15m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

Safety nets versus entitlement

16 videos (Total 82 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
16 videos
Post-World War II6m
Family6m
Civil Rights7m
War on Poverty4m
Welfare Rights4m
Great Society6m
Civil Rights and Great Society by Professor Garfinkel6m
Neoconservatism4m
Changing Economy4m
End of Entitlement6m
Mothers' Pensions2m
Rising Poverty3m
Wrapping Up1m
Summary and Critique Paper: Description5m
Summary and Critique Paper: Evaluation8m
1 reading
A review of American Welfare Policy: Colonial era to 198010m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 4 Overview10m
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By PPJun 10th 2019

Excellent course on the origins of the US welfare state.

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John Robertson

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

About Columbia University

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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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