Urban Poverty Theory & Policy
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 4546
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
"Urban poverty is arguably the biggest problem facing US cities. Despite 50 years of concerted policy efforts, the problem continues to persist, leading to explanations that a “culture of poverty” has developed that is resistant to solutions. This course will explore the problem of persistent urban poverty in the United States from a variety of perspectives. Specifically, we will read works by liberals and conservatives, and from the disciplines of sociology, economics, political science, planning, and public policy in order to understand the different lenses that have been applied to this issue, and the ways in which problem definition is connected to policy solution. We will also examine the specific policy strategies that have been mounted to try to address the problem of persistent urban poverty. We will examine particular documents, such as the Moynihan and Kerner Commission reports, that had important influences on policy creation. We will focus on the period beginning with the War on Poverty/Great Society programs in the early 1960s until the present. We will look at specific issues such as: how poverty is defined; how the face of poverty has changed over the past several decades; the feminization of poverty; shortcomings of strategies designed to address urban poverty; the role of discrimination in perpetuating persistent urban poverty."
Open to Undergraduate students.
Not open to Junior students.
Not open to Fifth Year students.
Not open to Senior students.