Poverty: What, Why and How
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Many of us have seen the ugly face of poverty. But what is poverty? Why is poverty so prevalent? Who are the poor? What are the underlying causes of poverty? Why is poverty a disease of the whole society (not just the poor)? How is poverty manifested in people’s everyday life? Why are certain racial and ethnic groups more likely to fall into poverty? How do economic processes contribute to poverty? What are the goals and purposes of social welfare programs? What are the limits of policy? How can we act as a community to eliminate poverty?
This program will explore poverty in the larger social context of increasing social inequality and use sociological theories to investigate various aspects of poverty and its particularities in the U.S.
In the fall quarter, using poverty as our subject of inquiry, we will study sociological theories and key concepts and critically examine their applicability to social class and poverty-related issues. We will explore the intricate and complex relationship between social structure and individuals. Program activities will include lectures, guest speakers, seminars, workshops and field trips. Students will write seminar essays and self-reflection papers and will carry out a research project oriented toward action. Toward the end of quarter, the students will also finish an assignment preparing for a potential internship in winter quarter.
In the winter quarter, the program consist of two parts. Half of the work (4 credits) will be in class, devoted to deeper investigations of several major poverty related issues such as homelessness, childhood poverty, health care and public health issues, incarcerationand immigration. For the other half (4 credits), students have the choice to do either an internship with a local agency or organization working with low incomeas well as other under served populations in the community or conduct a major research project that is focused on a topic related to povertyor other pressing social issues. Our class activities will include workshops, seminars as well as substantial group work with students helping refine each other’s project under the guidance of the faculty.
This program provides variable credit options. Students can choose to take the full 8 credit program or just the 4-credit in class portion or the 4-credit internship or research component portion of the program. Students who just take the 4-credit internship or research project portion of the program are not required but strongly encouraged to find their own agency to work with or their own topic to do research on. In the beginning of the quarter, we will devote class time to help you develop your proposal of internship and research project.Students who just take the internship or research portion of the program will meet every other Saturday.
Potential credit equivalencies will be in sociology of poverty, research methodology, social policy, community study.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Social work, education, counselling, public administration, social policy, community study
Credits per quarter
- Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
$15 each quarter for museum entrance fees
Four credit internship is optional in winter.
Two credit of research project is required in fall quarter and 4-credit research is optional in winter quarter.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 6:00 pm
Wednesdays 6-10pm and Alternating Saturdays 9:30am-5:00pm (Fall dates: September 29, October 13, 27, November 10, and December 8).
Located in: Olympia
|2018-12-05||Signature requirement for winter quarter removed|
|2018-07-19||Required fee lowered to $15 (was $30)|
|2018-05-16||Schedule change: Program now meets Wed/Sat (was Sat/Sun)|