The Welfare State: A Comparative Policy Perspective

Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

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Given our current system, in the U.S. we are quite unaccustomed to interrogating the role of the state in ensuring well-being. Yet, most other countries take seriously this question, and their arrangements of benefits and income assurance are much more generous than ours. This course examines notions of the welfare state, considering why some societies insist on universal, state-controlled arrangements of social welfare and others implement heavily privatized, patchwork systems. Through considering how historical forces and values, ethics, and beliefs about human rights relate to the welfare state, students will be prepared for social welfare policy analysis and advocacy. 

Program Details


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Evening and Weekend

Advertised Schedule

Jul 7-9, 5-9p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning