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What you will learn

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    Describe the income and services support system including eligibility and benefits for families, poor families, people with disabilities and seniors

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    Explain the issues involved in addressing the income and service needs of or families, poor families, people with disabilities and seniors

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    Integrate US values debate - the tension between self-sufficiency & investment - in understanding the income and service system for the populations

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    Honors: Develop policy recommendations based on on research of practices on the ground in preparation for a professional policy analysis.

Skills you will gain

Formulate practice strategies to overcome the historic biases in social welfare programsdistinguish the values inherent in each social policy initiativedifferentiate alternative approaches to social policy problemsCritique components of a social policy based on their effectiveness at meeting the goals stated in the initiativedevelop social welfare policy analysis and reform proposals

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Policies for Families and Children

In this module, the learner will differentiate the various needs of families raising children in the contemporary world and will compare various approaches to providing safety, stimulation and resources to the family. The module will examine childcare, employment and income supports ...
15 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
15 videos
Sequence video: Why Social Policy - Alumni3m
Introduction1m
Child Development : Part 13m
Child Development Part II4m
What Children Need by Professor Waldfogel7m
Family7m
Family Change4m
Supervision7m
Child Care5m
Child Care Issues6m
Employment3m
Child Tax Credit3m
Family Allowances by Professor Garfinkel9m
Wrap-Up56s
1 reading
What Children Need20m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Overview10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Policies for Poor Families and Children

In this module, the learner will analyze the effects of poverty on the life and development of children. The module will examine safety net programs to address child and family poverty including: TANF, SNAP, WIC and the EITC ...
13 videos (Total 48 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
13 videos
Child Poverty6m
Effects of Child Poverty3m
Public Support5m
The Purpose of TANF2m
TANF Outcomes2m
TANF Reform4m
SNAP5m
WIC2m
Child Support3m
EITC5m
Work Requirements3m
Wrap-Up1m
1 reading
An Agenda for reducing poverty and improving opportunity15m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Overview10m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Policies for Persons with Disabilities

In this module, the learner will evaluate US policy for people living with disabilities. The module will describe the civil protections for people with disabilities and will differentiate the major public programs that support people living with disabilities....
14 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
14 videos
The Americans with Disabilities Act3m
Defining Disability5m
Developmental Disabilities2m
Mental Illness6m
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Eligibility6m
SSDI Benefits1m
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)2m
SSI Eligibility, Part I3m
SSI Eligibility, Part II3m
SSI Children1m
SSI Issues4m
Social Insurance and Public Aid1m
Wrap-Up1m
1 reading
2017 Disability Statistics Annual Report15m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 3 Overview15m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

Policies for Older Adults

This module will evaluate the population changes occurring in the aging US population and its implications for future social and health policy. The module will analyze the social insurance system for older Americans and will critique various solutions to addressing the graying of the US...
12 videos (Total 50 min), 3 quizzes
12 videos
Birth Rates and Death Rates6m
A Shortage of Workers5m
Old Age, Survivors, & Disability Insurance (OASDI) Part I6m
Old Age, Survivors, & Disability Insurance (OASDI) Part II2m
Shortfalls6m
Proposals, Part I3m
Proposals, Part II4m
Proposals, Part III3m
The Debate2m
Wrap-Up2m
Policy Alternative Project: Analysis and Recommendations4m
1 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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