Social Policy Focus Area
The Social Policy focus area is designed to provide students with the analytical tools, management skills and knowledge needed to design, implement and evaluate the outcomes of social policies that aim to increase access to economic opportunity in marginalized populations and manage economic and social risks, such as unemployment, poverty, social exclusion, crime, recidivism, homelessness, sickness, disability, and old age.
Traditional social service management has expanded to include public-private partnerships, extensive government contracting, and a wide range of civil society initiatives at local, state, national, and supranational levels of governance. Students interested in this field will study the historical, political, economic, and socio-cultural trends of social policy and the contemporary challenges that stem from the financial crisis and rising inequality; immigration and immigrant integration; growing racial and ethnic tensions; changing gender relations; rising healthcare and education costs; and criminal recidivism.
Students must complete a total of 15 points, with at least 3 points from menu of core courses.
- USP short courses (1.5 credits) can count towards your elective requirement.
- A second core course can count towards your elective requirement. 3) Two specialization courses can be double counted for elective requirement.
Select one of the following:
|PUAF U6228||Comparative Social Welfare Policy (*preferred Core option*)||3|
|INAF U6475||Social Policy and Inclusive Development||3|
|SOCW T6801||Social Welfare Policy 1||3|
|Other (requires approval; includes core courses previously listed)|
(To register for this course, SIPA students must complete this Form)
In addition to the electives listed below, all courses listed under Management in Urban Public Sector or Not-For-Profits and Urban Social Policy will count towards the Social Policy Track
|SIPA U6310||Nonprofit Financial Management||3|
|ENVP U6250||Poverty, Inequality, and the Environment||3|
|ENVP U6275||GIS for International Studies||3|
|PUAF U6123||Immigration Politics and Policy||3|
|INAF U6898||Program Evaluation and Design||3|
|INAF U6143||Gender, Globalization and Human Rights||3|
|INAF U6053||Creating a Social Enterprise||3|
|INAF U6256||Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development||3|
|INAF U6621||Public Policy Challenges in Brazil and Latin America||3|
|INAF U6772||Global Inequality||3|
|INAF U8161||Economics, Law and Public Policy||3|
|INAF U6735||Issues in Rural Development||3|
|INAF U6368||Women and Globalization||1.5|
|INAF U6372||Policy and Women's Leadership||1.5|
|EMPA U6510||Managing Social and Economic Risk: Comparative Public Policy Approaches||3|
|INAF U6175||Global Perspectives on Migration||3|
|PUAF U8352||Comparative Perspectives on Race, Politics and Public Policy||3|
|PUAF U8353||Race Policy American Politics||3|
Courses offered at affiliate Columbia Schools - Enrollment not guaranteed. Please see Cross-Registration instructions. Many courses will require instructor permission.
|A&HF 4094 (TC)||School and Society||3|
|C&T 4615 (TC)||Young Children and Social Policy: Issues and Problems||3|
|CSER W3490||(Additional graduate coursework required. Consult USP staff before registering.)||4|
|EDPP 5042 (TC)||Urban Politics and Education||3|
|EDPS 4022 (TC)||Sociology of Urban Education||3|
|HPMN P6503||Introduction to Health Economics||3|
|HPMN P6508||Health Policy and the Political System||3|
|HPMN P8513||Health Care to Vulnerable Populations||1.5|
|HPMN P8530||Seminar on Aging and Health Policy: A Global Perspective||1.5|
|HPMN P8549||Interest Group Politics and Health Policy||1.5|
|HPMN P8561||Managing Public Health Non-Profits||1.5|
|HPMN P8580||Global Health Governance||1.5|
|LAW L6250||Immigration Law||3|
|LAW L6252||Family Law||3|
|LAW L6357||Public Health Law||3|
|LAW L6506||Gender Justice||3|
|ORLJ 5340 (TC)||Basic Practicum Conflict Resolution||3|
|POPF P8651||Water and Sanitation in Complex Emergencies||1.5|
|SOCI G4370||Process of Stratification/Inequality||3|
|SOCI W3900||Societal Adaptation to Terrorism (Additional graduate coursework required. Consult USP staff before registering.)||3|
|SOCW T6910||The Healthcare System||3|
|SOCW T6970||Contemporary Social Issues||3|
|SOCW T7330||Intro to Community Organizing||3|
|SOSC P8705||Evaluation of Health Programs||3|
|SOSC P8717||Urban Space & Health||3|
|SOSC P8737||Emerging Topics in Urban & Community Health||1|
|SOSC P8745||Social and Economic Determinants of Health||3|
|SOSC P8750||Race & Health||3|
|SOSC P8762||Chronic Disease, Urban and Community Health||3|
|SOSC P8773||Social History of American Public Health||3|
|CSER W3935||Historical Anthropology of the US-Mexico Border||4|
|HIST W3523||History of Health Inequality in the Modern United States||3|
|POLS W3260||The Latino Political Experience||3|
|LAW L6357||Public Health Law||2|
|A&HH 4076 (TC)||History of Urban Education||3|
|A&HF 4094 (TC)||Languages, Society and Schools||3|
|SOCW T6416||Program Evaluation - Social Service||3|
|FINC B8355||Impact Investing Seminar||1.5|
All students are encouraged to discuss their proposed schedule with their advisor.
|Core: Conceptual Foundations (MIA) Politics of Policy Making (MPA)1||4||SIPA U4201 or U64011||3|
|Concentration Elective Course||3|
|Concentration Elective Course||3|
|Specialization Course 1||3|
Other (requires concentration director approval)
|SIPA U4200 or U64001||3|
|Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course||3|
|Concentration Core Course (choose one):||3|
|Elective||3||Concentration Elective Course||3|
|Concentration Elective Course||3||Internship Registration (Optional)||3|
|Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course||3||Specialization Course 3||1.5, 3|
|Specialization Course 2||3||Core: Capstone Workshop||3|
|Total Points: 57-58.5|
Courses must be taken in the semester listed.
Foreign Language - For MIA students and EPD concentrators who need to take language courses to fulfill the degree/concentration requirement, your schedule may need to be adjusted accordingly.
Core- MIA students are required to take one Interstate Relations course.
USP - Social Policy Track Courses
INAF U6475 Social Policy and Inclusive Development. 3 Points.
Category: EPD, EPD:Social, USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban
This course will explore the comparative and global political economy of contemporary systems of social and labor protection in developing (including post-socialist) countries, known as "welfare regimes." Economic globalization, struggles over democratization, shifting and competing policy paradigms at the international level, and the assistance strategies of international financial institution and non-governmental donors will all be discussed as important contextual, and at times decisive, influences.
SIPA U6310 Nonprofit Financial Management. 3 Points.
Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Financial Management, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social
There are more than one million nonprofit organizations in the United States and hundreds of thousands more internationally and the number is growing. The nonprofit sector includes an enormous diversity of organizations, ranging from complex health care systems, to education and arts institutions, to small community-based human service organizations. This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how to conduct the financial management of a nonprofit entity. Through the use of readings, case studies, a class project and lecture, we will study financial statements, financial analysis, and accounting for non-profit organizations and international NGOs. We will examine how the principles of financial management assist the nonprofit and NGO manager in making operating, budgeting, capital, and long-term financial planning decisions. We will also explore contemporary ethical, accountability, and mission issues facing national and international organizations.
|Fall 2017||001||11198||Sarah Holloway||W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
413 International Affairs Bldg
|Fall 2017||R01||13200||Th F 1:00pm - 2:00pm
407 International Affairs Bldg
ENVP U6250 Poverty, Inequality, and the Environment. 3 Points.
Category: MPA-ESP, EE, EE: EPM, USP, USP:Social, EPD, EPD:Sustinable
Progress and Poverty (1879), by the American economist and philosopher Henry George, was a worldwide bestseller and major impetus to reform movements in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. George argued that owners of land and other natural resources--a small fraction of the population--gain most of the benefits of economic growth. They also withhold high quality resources from use, driving down wages and forcing economic activity to sprawl out onto marginal land. His remedy: "We must make land common property," not by nationalizing it, but by collecting the surplus (economic rent) by taxation, using the revenue for public benefit. See (www.schalkenbach.org/100-years-later.html.) Today, George's ideas powerfully influence both the field of ecological economics and the commons movement. (See www.onthecommons.org.) In this course we will read Progress and Poverty, examining how well George's ideas have stood the test of time. We will read excerpts from predecessors and contemporaries of George, including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx and Thorstein Veblen. We will also read modern authors, including economist Mason Gaffney and commons movement founder Peter Barnes. Topics we will cover include: Poverty, its definition and measurement. Inequality of wealth and income, and the relationship of inequality to poverty, wage levels, health, environmental destruction and "sustainability". Population size, age structure and geographic distribution. Economics of common resources. Economic rent and property rights. Economics of cooperation and competition. Inequality, trade and global sprawl. Growth and the boom and bust cycle. Economics of time--how do and should we make decisions about the future? Tax and other policy options.
ENVP U6275 GIS for International Studies. 3 Points.
Category: MPA-ESP, EE, EE: EPM, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and remote sensing technologies as they are used in a variety of social and environmental science applications. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, gain a knowledge of the principles behind raster and vector based spatial analysis, learn basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message, and develop sound practices for GIS project design and management. The class will focus on the application of GIS to assist in the development, implementation and analysis of environmental and social policy and practices at the global and regional scale.
|Fall 2017||001||91796||Malanding Jaiteh||Th 11:00am - 12:50pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
PUAF U6123 Immigration Politics and Policy. 3 Points.
Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.
The course emphasizes theories of migration, migration and development, transnational Citizenship, European responses to immigration, U. S. responses to immigration, immigrant Incorporation, refugee policy.
INAF U6898 Program Evaluation and Design. 3 Points.
Category: Management, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social, EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Political, EPD:Social, EPD:Sustainable
In this course, students will: (1) become familiar with the concepts, methods, and applications of evaluation research; (2) learn how to assess the context for evaluation; (3) learn how to read evaluation research critically; and (4) be able to propose an appropriate evaluation plan. The course will center on a Group Project where teams of students (no more than 5 students) will work together to develop an evaluation plan for a program. In the process, students will learn to assess evaluation needs, how to map a program theory, link outcomes to metrics, and plan to ‘conduct' an evaluation. At the end of the course, students will be required to present their group evaluation plan in class and to submit an individual final paper, based on your group's proposal for the program evaluation plan.
|Fall 2017||001||61151||M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
501b International Affairs Bldg
INAF U6374 Mainstreaming Gender in Global Affairs. 3 Points.
Category: HRHP, GPP, Management, USP, USP:Social, EPD, EPD:Social
This course introduces students to gender mainstreaming, gender analysis and intersectionality as theory and method, as well as the associated set of strategies, tools and skills applicable to international and public policy contexts. Through a combination of empirical research, structural theorizing, social critique, and case studies, students will become acquainted with the global dimensions of feminist organizing and policy-making necessary for working in a variety of specialty policy fields such as education, public health, international finance, sustainable development, peace and security, organizational management and economic development.
|Fall 2017||001||88147||Kristy Kelly||Th 11:00am - 12:50pm
324 International Affairs Bldg
INAF U6375 Gender and Livelihoods: From Displacement to Early Recovery. 3 Points.
Category: EPD, EPD:Social, HRHP, GPP, USP, USP:Urban
This course will address the effects of conflict on livelihoods, how livelihoods can be re-vitalized during population displacement, how promoting economic self-reliance underpins all other humanitarian work, the impact on the protection of women and men, and how these programs are prerequisite for and can be linked with post-conflict recovery and development. The impact of conflict, displacement and livelihoods on gender, gender norms, and gender power relations will be addressed throughout.
|Fall 2017||001||91698||Dale Buscher||Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
501b International Affairs Bldg
INAF U8785 Gender, Politics, and Development. 3 Points.
Category: EPD, EPD:Political, EPD:Social, HRHP, GPP, IO, USP, USP:Social
Gender equality, and women’s and girls’ empowerment, are now widely accepted as development goals in their own right, and essential to inclusive and sustainable development. But despite progress in many areas, gender gaps and discrimination persist. How did gender equality move from the periphery to the center of development discourse, and what difference has this made? Is gender equality a human right, an essential aspect of human development, or “smart economics”? What are the implications of a gender equality agenda for men and boys, and for broader understandings of gender identities and sexualities? What policies, strategies and practices have been effective – or ineffective – in narrowing gender gaps and improving outcomes for both women and men in particular development settings? In this course, we approach gender, politics and development in terms of theory, policy and practice. We apply a critical gender lens to a wide range of development sectors and issue areas, including economic development, political participation, education and health, environment and climate change, and conflict and displacement. We also consider current debates and approaches related to gender mainstreaming and gender metrics in development practice. Students engage with the course material through class discussion, exercises and case studies, and the development of a gender-related project proposal.
INAF U6370 Women & Global Leadership. 1.5 Point.
Category: EPD, USP, USP:Urban, GPP, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.
This practicum will explore the progress of women's leadership on a global scale. We will look at women's leadership in both the public and the private sphere. In addition to understanding the current status of women's leadership around the globe, we will examine the competitive advantages successful integration of women brings about for a country or a company. Finally, we will look to understand the obstacles which have inhibited women's further progress in both of these arenas. The course will be taught in an interactive seminar format.
INAF U6143 Gender, Globalization and Human Rights. 3 Points.
Category: HRHP, GPP, USP, USP:Social, EPD, EPD:Social
Prerequisites: Students who have not taken either International Human Rights Law or International Law must obtain instructor permission to enroll
From the ‘feminization of migration' to labor market effects of trade agreements, from the recognition of rape as a war crime to the emergence of transnational advocacy movements focused on women's and LGBTQ rights, globalization is being shaped by and reshaping gender relations. Human rights norms are directly implicated in these processes. The development of global and regional institutions increases the likelihood that national policies affecting gender relations will be subject to international scrutiny. At the same time, local activists redefine international norms in terms of their own cultural and political frameworks with effects that impact general understandings. What ‘human rights' can women claim, where, how and from whom? What human rights can LGBT people claim? How can we craft effective and fair policies on the basis of the existing human rights framework?
INAF U6003 Coding for Development and Social Change. 1 Point.
Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, Management, USP, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.
In this 3-day workshop, students will learn design thinking and basic coding. This course is an introduction to technology and analytics for social good. At the end of the workshop, students will have the resources and knowledge to build/develop a framework.
INAF U6053 Creating a Social Enterprise. 3 Points.
Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Social, Management, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social
The course will focus primarily on the knowledge and skills required to launch a social enterprise. The class will include an overview of Social Enterprises around the globe and will look at various enterprise models (for profit, non-profit) and their role in the broader market economy. Class time will focus on the analysis of Case Studies and the vetting of real social enterprise business plans. The course will center on a Group Project where teams of three (3) will work together to build a plan for launching their own, new Social Enterprise. In the process, students will learn how to define, design, market, sustain and scale their concept. At the end of the course, students will submit a formal business plan and budget and will present their plan to a panel of experts in the field.
|Fall 2017||001||61150||Sarah Holloway||W 11:00am - 12:50pm
INAF U6256 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development. 3 Points.
Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Social, EPD:Sustainable, Management, USP, USP:Social
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.
The purpose of this course is to introduce, critically analyze and experiment with cutting-edge ideas in social entrepreneurship from the "North" (US, Europe) and the "South" (Africa and Asia) with a special focus on initiatives and enterprises focused on sustainable development and poverty reduction. Making markets work for the poor requires an understanding of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises in the developing world as strategies and untapped opportunities to add value to society by harnessing market forces that blend human, financial and social capital resources to achieve replicability and scale in every development domain, such as mobile health technologies, microfinance, renewable energy, water, education, fair trade, and agriculture. This course adopts both theoretical and applied cases, team-based field experiments and distinguished guest speakers in the teaching process to ensure that students gain an understanding of their roles as change makers and social entrepreneurs, and feel equipped to handle the complexities involved in designing hybrid models for efficient service delivery to the world's poor (i.e., through public spending, development assistance, philanthropy and private or social sector "impact" investments).
INAF U8620 Colonialism and Post-colonialism: Discourse and Material Condition. 3 Points.
Category: USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.
Colonialism and post-colonialism are conditions common to most of the Third World, including nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The history of colonialism and the present state of post-colonialism have influenced much of the development of Third World nations. This seminar allows students to engage some of the theoretical writings that inform our understanding of colonialism and post-colonialism, including their origins and natures.
INAF U8161 Economics, Law and Public Policy. 3 Points.
Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, APEA, USP, USP:Urban
As Adam Smith noted long ago, economic development cannot occur in the absence of a stable legal system. The purpose of this course is two-fold. First, the course reviews some of the modern developments in economics that are relevant for the study of institutions. Second, it uses these tools to explore the structure of the law, and its impact upon economic performance. The goal is to provide a foundation for the understanding of legal institutions that goes beyond national boundaries, and can help better understand the challenges that rapid economic growth and globalization pose for policy makers.
INAF U6772 Global Inequality. 3 Points.
Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Political, USP:Social, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track
This course examines persistence and change in the global distribution of income, both within and across countries. We will consider philosophical arguments about inequality and whether or not it is a problem. Then we will review and discuss the measurement and positive economics of inequality. Finally, we will discuss political consequences of and policy responses to increases in inequality.
INAF U6621 Public Policy Challenges in Brazil and Latin America. 3 Points.
This course will familiarize students with some of the key public and social policy challenges facing Latin America today. The course focuses on six main topics: inequality, education, informality, crime, health, and aging. Though several of these topics are interconnected, each has its particularities and has been the object of specifically designed public policies and of intense debate. The connecting thread running through the course is the idea that inequality and social exclusion permeate most of the main public policy challenges in the region. The class provides conceptual and historical backgrounds for the remainder of the course. It discusses the different economic rationales for government intervention and public policy evaluation and gives an overview of the historical origins of institutional development and inclusive public goods provision.