Sociology of Poverty
General Catalog Course Title:
Sociology of Poverty
Terms Offered:
Fall 2016
Spring 2016
Spring 2015
Fall 2013
Spring 2013
Fall 2012
Fall 2011
Fall 2010
Fall 2009
Course Thread: 
Human Rights
Instructor: 
Smith, Sandra

This course will examine a number of theories on the causes of poverty, then turn to an examination of empirical studies concerning the trends and determinants of poverty, followed by an examination of the everyday life of those who live in the condition of poverty, and conclude with a look at social policy toward poverty. The coursewill examine the interactive impact that poverty has had on the various cultures of the ethnic groups who have experienced it. It will especially compare the experiences of those groups that have a history of persistent poverty (i.e., African Americans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, American Indians) and those with intermittent patterns. The course will have a decidedly, although not exclusively, urban focus.

For more detailed information about classes, please visit the UC Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes.