Social Work | Poverty in the United States
S300 | 21939 | Sullenberger

A major purpose of this course is to examine the nature of poverty,
both rural and urban, in the United States: its history, extent,
causes, and effects on individual development. We will also examine
various policies and programs that have been designed to alleviate
poverty, and the effects and consequences of these efforts.  Students
will become critical consumers of information (from the media,
research, etc.) related to poverty, and take the knowledge learned in
the course and apply it to related issues in their own communities,
either as helping professionals or citizens. The course will
emphasize class discussion and small group activities (poverty
simulations, developing political strategies, etc). Readings for the
class will consist of excerpts from books that are first-person
accounts of poverty, journal articles, policy briefs, and other
contemporary materials. We will also view pieces of news shows,
documentaries, and films in order to understand how both mass and
popular media treat the issue of poverty, and how this treatment
shapes (and is shaped by) civic and government response to the issue.