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 power, oppression, and white supremacy.

-First we’ll look at housing policy, with its contrasting supports for homeowners and renters.
-Then we’ll interpret the structure that provides education and examine debates about its future.
-The third module will differentiate the issues in the U.S. healthcare system and develop the structure of public healthcare programs.
-Next, the course will lay out immigration policies and weigh the push and pull of the debate about immigration reform.
-The optional fifth module traces the child protection system its beginnings to the present day and appraises the failures and strengths of the system.

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.

What you will learn

Housing and Education

Housing and education are vital needs for families and individuals. This module will describe the current programs and tensions in the US housing and education system. The module begins with a review of tax expenditures as a significant component of US social policy

Understanding healthcare delivery in the U.S.

Health care is a permanent state of transition because of new discoveries, population changes and service delivery changes. The learner will distinguish the forces that shape the US health care system and the tensions in the system that lead to conflicting solutions.

ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid

The US has three major health care programs: the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid. The learner will learn the underlying structure of each of the systems and will probe the debate surrounding each program


Since the original encounter between the western and eastern hemispheres, immigration has been a major economic and social force. The learner will examine the US history of immigration and the current structures of the immigration system. The module will appraise the current immigration debates and critique various reform proposals

What’s included

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