WGSS 209 Fall 2012 Poverty in America

Cross Listed as PSCI209
Although some protest that the U.S. is heading toward European-style socialism, social welfare programs in the U.S. differ in important ways from those in other wealthy and democratic nations. This course focuses on the adoption and development of policies to address poverty and inequality in the U.S. The issues we will explore include: What is poverty, and how do Americans perceive its dangers to individuals as well as the political community? What economic, historical, and sociological theories have been advanced to explain poverty? Why has the U.S. adopted some approaches to reduce poverty but not others? What enduring political conflicts have shaped the U.S. welfare state? Part of the Gaudino Danger Initiative.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two or three short papers, and a final paper
Additional Info: Gaudino Danger Initiative
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science, Political Economy, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals,POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course,PSCI American Politics Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1838
WGSS209-01(F) LEC Poverty in America Division 2: Social Studies Cathy M. Johnson
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Griffin 5 1838
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