Urban Homelessness I
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 3241
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
Urban Homelessness I is the first of a two-course sequences that studies the multifaceted problem of urban homelessness through service learning, which involves working with homeless service and advocacy organizations in New York City. Such field experiences will be complemented by discussion of the nature, extent, and causes of, as well as societal and policy responses to, homelessness in regular classroom sessions. Students volunteer with one of three New York City-based homeless service and advocacy organizations-the Coalition for the Homeless, Picture the Homeless, and Women in Need- performing assigned tasks (student schedules can be accommodated and evening volunteer opportunities are available). Students of this and previous urban homelessness courses may take Urban Homeless II in the Spring 2013 thus continuing their volunteer work while learning about and participating in actual research on the impact of policy and service intervention on homeless people's life chances. This course sequence - through study, engagement, and research - challenges common stereotypes about homeless people, promotes understanding of the challenges and constraints homeless service providers face, and helps us think about the problems in creative, innovative, and unconventional ways.
Open to Undergraduate students.