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This Poverty and Population - How Demographics Shape Policy course offered by Coursera in partnership with Columbia University has four modules, or foci. 

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Overview

Key Features

The first is to understand the categories of social welfare—populations, income, earnings, and assets— and some related concepts that play a very large role in shaping policy decisions: unemployment, inflation, and the minimum wage.  The second deals with the central institution of social welfare—the labor market, which largely determines how many resources a person has.  

The labor market also establishes hierarchy, both through meritocracy and through categories of privilege.  The third is poverty: the differing ways we define who is poor, and how effective U.S. anti-poverty efforts have been.  The final module looks directly at federal decision making, the political organization of ideas, the structure of U.S. government, and the legislative process that shapes much of our social policy. This course addresses issues of power, oppression, and white supremacy.

The Poverty and Population - How Demographics Shape Policy course offered by Coursera in partnership with Columbia University is part of a sequence in social policy that has an HONORS TRACK. This track will prepare the learner for masters-level work in policy, which involves reading the literature, writing concise summaries and probing critiques. Over the sequence the learner will develop a policy analysis that will create a foundation for professional policy analyst assignments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Populations, income, poverty and policy
  • Causes of Poverty and Discrimination
  • Gender, Race and oppression
  • Formulating social policy in the U.S.

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Duration

  • Part-time
    • 1 months

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Language

English

Delivered

Online
  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

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English requirements

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General requirements

  • Beginner Level

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