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Social Policy for Social Services & Health Practitioners

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Social Welfare Policy for Practitioners & Citizens

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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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Hours 226
Instructor John Robertson
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile (33rd - 99th).

Policy Processor $51k

Policy Integrator $56k

Policy Team $63k

Policy Analyst, Office of Policy and Planning $65k

Policy Committee $67k

Research and Policy $72k

Social Work Policy Planner $96k

Senior Social Policy Adviser $153k

Policy Manager $165k

Courses in this Specialization

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Apr
29

What Is the Welfare State? A Cross-National Comparison

In all nations, social policy is a very large public investment. Course 1 will explore the size, structure, and outcomes of U.S. social policy and compare this policy to those of...

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The Welfare State: Where Did It Come From?

The course probes the formation of social policy in the United States from its very first cultural and religious roots. Starting with the transition from hunter-gatherer groups...

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Poverty & Population: How Demographics Shape Policy

This course has four modules, or foci. The first is to understand the categories of social welfare—populations, income, earnings, and assets— and some related concepts that play...

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Income Transfer Policies for Families, People with Disabilities, and the Aging Population

Course 4 discusses four populations: families, poor families, people with disabilities, and people as they age. This course addresses issues of power, oppression, and white...

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Health, Housing, and Educational Services

Course 5 discusses policies in four areas: housing, education, healthcare, and immigration, with an optional fifth module in child protection. This course addresses issues of...

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Hours 226
Instructor John Robertson
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile (33rd - 99th).

Policy Processor $51k

Policy Integrator $56k

Policy Team $63k

Policy Analyst, Office of Policy and Planning $65k

Policy Committee $67k

Research and Policy $72k

Social Work Policy Planner $96k

Senior Social Policy Adviser $153k

Policy Manager $165k