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B.S. in Actuarial Science

Otterbein University Course Catalogs

2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 04, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

SOCL 3030 - Poverty, Wealth, & Inequality

Hours: 3
Exploring the paradox that lies in the persistence of poverty in the United States, one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Reflecting on the ways in which poverty and social class in the United States are informed by other structures of inequality such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, national origin, and citizenship status. Review of a number of perspectives on the ways the institutional structures that drive socioeconomic inequality impact access to resources and “life chances” for both groups and individuals. Both historical and comparative perspectives are employed to examine U.S. public policies designed to address systemic socioeconomic inequalities, such as: cash assistance, social security, unemployment insurance, parental leave, and health care policy. The various ways poverty intersects with family concerns and influences outcomes at various stages in the life cycle.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above.