SOCI420 - PERSPECTIVES ON URBAN POVERTY

This course will examine the history, definition, measurement, prevalence, and spatial distribution of poverty. It will pay special attention to the intersection of poverty with race and gender. It also will trace the history of the ideas and assumptions underlying responses to poverty and poor people. It will ask how poor people in cities manage to survive and what methods social scientists have used to analyze poverty. It will explore the politics of poverty and public and private programs directed toward its reduction. While the main focus of the course is on the United States, attention will be paid, as well, to urban poverty in the Global South, European cities, and to the parallels among the forces generating poverty around the globe as well as to emerging global anti-poverty strategies. Students will be expected to read approximately one book per week, engage in discussion, write short papers, and make a presentation to the class on an anti-poverty initiative.
Section 401 - SEM
M 0200PM-0500PM
FAIRBANKS, ROBERT
DAVID RITTENHOUSE LAB 4C4