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The US Social Services - Where did they come from offered by Coursera in partnership with Columbia University is part of the Social Policy for Social Services & Health Practitioners Specialization.

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Overview

The US Social Services - Where did they come from offered by Coursera in partnership with Columbia University 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 to agrarian villages, the course will examine the passage of the Poor Laws that shaped social policy through the colonial period until the beginnings of the 20th century, when the challenge of making the industrial city livable gave rise to the development of the welfare state.  

As part of this transformation, the provider of social welfare shifted from the local community to the state to the federal government.  The course ends with an exploration of the debate regarding the role of government in the late 20th century: should it foster entitlements or self-sufficiency? This course addresses issues of power, oppression, and white supremacy.

Education

The course 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:

  • Early Roots of Social Policy
  • Roots of US Social Policy
  • The beginnings of the welfare state
  • Safety nets versus entitlement
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Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 1 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Language

English

Delivered

Online
  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Beginner Level

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Funding

Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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