The Welfare State: A Comparative Policy Perspective

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Summer 2017 (First Session)
Evening and Weekend
Credits per quarter

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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. 

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

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