About this Specialization

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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.
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Approximately 6 months to complete
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English
Shareable Certificate
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100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approximately 6 months to complete
Suggested pace of 3 hours/week
English

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

US Social Services Compared

4.7
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106 ratings
31 reviews
Course2

Course 2

US Social Services: Where did they come from?

4.9
stars
45 ratings
8 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Poverty & Population: How Demographics Shape Policy

4.9
stars
107 ratings
28 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Social Services for Families, Seniors and Those with Disabilities

4.9
stars
112 ratings
20 reviews

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Columbia University

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