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What you will learn

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    Understand the the US population: age, family structure, education and race/ethnicity to interpret where US social policy is being pushed.

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    Explain poverty & inequality in the US that results in differing levels of privilege, and opportunity to address the needs of those left behind

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    Describe the policy process – legislative, executive, judicial and voluntary – to act to improve US social policy

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    Honors: Report on research of practices on the ground in preparation 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

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 2 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Populations, income, poverty and policy

This module will remind the reader of basic social welfare concepts: population variables, earning, income, assets as well as inflation, unemployment and the minimum wage.

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14 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
14 videos
Sequence video: Why Social Policy - Alumni3m
Course Introduction1m
Demography6m
Age, Region, and Race6m
Households and Families5m
Income3m
Earnings5m
GDP4m
Wealth7m
Inflation4m
Unemployment7m
Minimum Wage7m
Module 1 Wrap Up55s
1 reading
Income and poverty in the United States: 201710m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 1 Overview10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Causes of Poverty and Discrimination

This module will probe the most important social welfare programs in moderns societies, the workplace and will evaluate who is advantaged and who is disadvantaged and why

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9 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Sorting5m
Hiring Practices8m
Women in the Labor Market7m
Race and the Labor Market6m
Mass Incarceration by Professor Garfinkel5m
Effects of Racism in the Labor Market6m
The Changing Family by Professor Mincy3m
Module 2 Wrap Up50s
1 reading
The Case for Reparations10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 2 Overview10m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Gender, Race and oppression

In this module, the learner will differentiate the different measures of poverty, understand the significance of measuring poverty and question the place of various demographic groups in their relative poverty

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10 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
10 videos
World Poverty6m
FPL: The Federal Poverty Line5m
Who is Poor?5m
Supplemental Measures of Poverty5m
Alternative Policy Measures by Dr. Wiemer5m
The Impacts of Social Policy on Poverty5m
The Causes and Cures of Poverty5m
Poverty Research by Professor Garfinkel5m
Module 3 Wrap Up52s
1 reading
Waging war on poverty: Poverty trends using a historical supplemental poverty measure10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 3 Overview10m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

Formulating social policy in the U.S.

In this module, the learner will review the US Government structure and process and explain how policies are formulated using the legislative structure.

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14 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
14 videos
The Debate4m
How Social Policy is Made by Professor Lenns4m
Levels and Branches4m
The Legislative Branch4m
The Executive Branch3m
The Judicial Branch4m
Regulations versus Laws by Professor Lenns4m
The Bill Development2m
The Bill: Legislature4m
The Signing of a Bill2m
The Bill Implementation3m
Module 4 Wrap Up2m
Policy Alternatives Overview Video5m
1 reading
The Making of Government Policy10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 4 Overview10m

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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