The US Capitol Building, decorated in preparation for the inauguration of President Obama.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is launching a new massive open online course on Inauguration Day – Top 10 Social Issues for the President’s First 100 Days.

The course will begin a national conversation and seeks to connect SP2’s renowned faculty and research with constituents across the country. It will also serve as an educational platform for participants to examine president-elect Donald Trump and his administration’s plans and policies in real-time.

The self-paced course – based on the SP2 Penn Top 10 initiative – gives learners access to the most prominent minds and research in social justice and social policy and challenges them to think about how we should envision our communities and prioritize the issues that impact them.

“Ultimately, you have to decide for yourself what issues are most important to you. That’s part of what democracy is,” said SP2 Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.

For the duration of the 100-day course, participants will have the chance to collaborate with fellow learners and create a personal list of priorities for the newly elected administration.

Enrolled participants are expected to complete a set list of assignments, create their own learning plans, examine the readings, and engage with peers in discussion – all remotely and with renowned SP2 faculty research on the most pressing social justice and policy issues at their disposal. These issues include gun policy, child welfare, homelessness, mental health treatment, and mass incarceration. Some of the topics, according to Dean Jackson, deserve more discussion than they currently receive.

The course will start on Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017) and run for the first 100 days (ending May 1). More information and registration: Top 10 Social Issues for the President’s First 100 Days.

About SP2: The School of Social Policy & Practice contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient and humane human services through education, research and civic engagement. In pursuit of this mission, its theory based masters and doctoral programs in social work, social welfare, non-profit leadership and social policy encourage students to think and work across disciplinary lines and cultures as well as across national and international boundaries.

Press Release by Jessica Bautista