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SOCY 5591 From Poor Law to Working Poor: Low-Income America (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

From warning off paupers to getting welfare mothers to work, this course provides an overview of social attitudes, national debates and public policies toward low-income families and their communities. Readings examine relationships between poverty and race, gender, families with children and the low-wage job market. We will consider images and language describing the poor and how these may influence public opinion and social investment. Student research will explore and compare contemporary costs of living, wage levels, and family care needs in middle-class and low-income families.


Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17