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SOCY 1020 Poverty in America (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

In this class we will identify and move beyond stereotypes about the poor to look at contemporary lives of those who live at, below, and slightly above the poverty line. We will build understanding of the complexities of low-income lives, the realities of living with minimal resources and the experience of families as they draw on governmental, non-profit and other social supports to supplement those of their needs that cannot be met through their own income. Throughout this class we will consider variations in experience as marked by race, ethnicity, gender, ability, parenting status, and immigration and language issues.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): David Harker

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Satisfies social science core requirement.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17