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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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Cursos 100 % en línea
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Cronograma flexible
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Nivel principiante
Aprox. 6 meses para completar
Sugerido 4 horas/semana
Inglés (English)
Subtítulos: Inglés (English)
Certificado para compartir
Obtén un certificado al finalizar
Cursos 100 % en línea
Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
Cronograma flexible
Establece y mantén fechas de entrega flexibles.
Nivel principiante
Aprox. 6 meses para completar
Sugerido 4 horas/semana
Inglés (English)
Subtítulos: Inglés (English)

Hay 5 cursos en este Programa Especializado

Curso1

Curso 1

US Social Services Compared

4.7
estrellas
51 calificaciones
16 revisiones
Curso2

Curso 2

US Social Services: Where did they come from?

4.8
estrellas
26 calificaciones
5 revisiones
Curso3

Curso 3

Poverty & Population: How Demographics Shape Policy

4.8
estrellas
58 calificaciones
12 revisiones
Curso4

Curso 4

Social Services for Families, Seniors and Those with Disabilities

4.8
estrellas
79 calificaciones
10 revisiones

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Yes, the courses are in order

  • If you complete the honors requirements and register in the Masters of Social Work program at the Columbia University School of Social Work, you will be given credit for this course

  • Yes, learners can interact in the discussion forums.

  • The United States has an ongoing national debate about the welfare state and the role of government. This sequence tries to present both sides, but it springs from the pro government point of view that believes the welfare state is essential in the modern world.

  • -Any educator, government employee, or health or social service provider

    -Concerned citizens who want to know more about the U.S. social welfare system

    -Learners with the skills to analyze and synthesize a great deal of information

    -Learners with the willingness to expand their views of social welfare policy

    -For the HONORS course, learners with skills to develop a topic, complete research, and interpret findings

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