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PennX: Top 10 Social Issues for the President’s First 100 Days

Collaborate with Penn faculty and fellow learners to identify the Top 10 Social Policy Issues facing the newly elected US President and Congress.
14 weeks
1–2 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
This course is archived

About this course

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Be part of the national conversation in the first 100 days of the new Presidential Administration and Congress.

On January 20, 2017, the United States will inaugurate Donald Trump as its 45th President and open a new Congress. For the next four years, he will work with Congress to pass new laws and to implement social policies that will impact all of us. The beginning of a new presidential administration is a crucial time to talk about issues that are of concern and impact our lives and community.

In this MOOC, you will tap into the knowledge and ideas of the renowned University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) faculty to examine the most pressing social justice and policy issues facing the United States. You will connect with fellow learners to collaborate on other issues that may be impacting your life, your community, or the nation as a whole. Together, we will create a list of priorities for the newly elected President and Congress.

Along the way, our faculty will continually update the materials and make sure you know, in real time, what is unfolding on the national level on the issues presented here. We will post pertinent articles and thoughtful commentaries.

The course is self-paced and will start on Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017) and run for the first 100 days (ending May 1). There is no straight path through the course; you will create your own learning plan. We offer our faculty and their research for your consideration and discussion, but it is you who has to decide to engage. This MOOC will only be successful with your participation, your voice and your critical thinking on how to make sense of—and transform! —our world.

Join us, be part of the national conversation.

Special Opportunity for Verified Certificate Learners: The first 300 verified learners will receive a copy of the recently published volume Social Policy and Social Justice featuring essays by course faculty and published in November 2016 by the University of Pennsylvania Press; there will be no additional cost beyond the fee for the verified certificate.


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At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Social Justice, Social Issue, Social Policy, Critical Thinking

What you'll learn

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  • Develop a personal set of Top 10 issues and policy recommendations for the newly-elected President and Congress.
  • Engage peers in conversation about some of the most important social justice and policy issues facing the United States. '
  • Receive real-time information and news as the first 100 days unfolds.
  • Examine the SP2 Penn Top 10 issues and their policy recommendations as developed by the faculty of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice.

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