Syllabus: International Social Policy by Prof. Usha Nayar

In the Fall of 2009, Usha Nayar taught a course on International Social Policy at the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School. The aim of this course was to look at the critical role of international social policy and revisit nation state social policies with the comparative perspective necessary to emphasize local relevance and global interdependence. Students questioned and analyzed the need to redefine social policy in the international context. Value base and political belief structures of social policies are fundamental to policy formulations and their practices in the form of social services and other related features of policy making. The course systematically examined the political, sociological, and human rights  perspectives in framing social policies for the well being of all citizens, particularly the marginalized sections of the society. The role of civic institutions in engaging the state for social policy was  also examined through case studies of best social policy practices.



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