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Spring 2018-2019
SOC 544   P/D/F Only

Sociology of Poverty (Half-Term)

Kathryn J. Edin

This course examines the history, causes and consequences of U.S. poverty. It explores strategies for addressing it from the colonial era to the present. It covers the major theoretical explanations sociologists and other scholars have advanced to explain the persistence of poverty in the U.S. including family structure, parenting, residential segregation, labor markets, safety nets, and the criminal justice system. Within each topic area, students are introduced to a range of interventions aimed at alleviating poverty.

Sample reading list:
Katz, Michael, In the Shadow of the Poorhouse
Katznelson, Ira, When Affirmative Action was White
Edin, Kathryn and Maria Kefalas, Promises I Can Keep
Deluca, Stephanie et. al, Coming of Age in the Other America
Weil, David, The Fissured Workplace
Edin, Kathryn and Luke Shaefer, $2 a Day

Requirements/Grading:
Class/Precept Participation - 33%
Other (See Instructor) - 67%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
This is a six week course that will be held from 3/26/19 - 4/30/19.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42500 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:30:00 pm T   Wallace Hall   165   Enrolled:1 Limit:15