SUP-321M: Designing Social Security Systems

Semester: Spring 2

Credit: 2.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Jo Anne Barnhart


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 3/20
Meet Day M/W 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Littauer Bldg 382 (HKS)


This module examines philosophical, political, economic, demographic, and structural issues that come into play in designing and implementing social security and assistance programs in developed and developing countries. From a multi-national comparative perspective, it considers the several steps from moral obligation, program financing, and payment issuance in order to identify and analyze the various factors that influence social insurance and public assistance program design and to consider the policy implications for developing successful, sustainable programs. Student-developed ideas for new programs/ program changes are examined from the perspective of policy practitioner.

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