Spring 2006 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Urban Poverty
Instructor(s): Cynthia Osborne
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62567
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.102
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This seminar will examine the nature and extent of poverty in the US; the causes and consequences of poverty; and the former and current policy strategies employed to redress these issues. The types of questions answered by the course include: Who is poor? Is poverty persistent? Do the poor work? What are the causes of concentrated urban poverty? What is the experience of families in poverty? What are the trends and consequences of inequality? What is the history of US poverty policy? What are the major policy strategies today (e.g. work, welfare, marriage, homelessness, housing, urban development)? Are they successful? What should we do?

The course will be primarily discussion based, therefore reading the assigned material will be essential. Students will also work in groups and choose a specific city for which they will develop a poverty alleviation strategy. Students will be evaluated on memos written in response to the readings, class participation, and the group projects.

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