This course explores the conditions and causes of poverty in the United States and the economic, social, and political responses to it. During the first half of the course, we will examine who is poor in America and discuss various causal theories of why people are poor. During the second half of the course, we will evaluate policy to address poverty in America and analyze them on how well they have reduced poverty and what is still needed to be done. Not offered every year.
Prerequisites: Methods of Political Inquiry and one other 200 level course, or the permission of the instructor.