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Sociology (SOC)

SOC 528 Homelessness in America (3) Survey of social science research on homelessness in the contemporary United States.

SOC 528 Homelessness in America (3)

The major objective of Sociology 528 is to introduce students to the scholarly literature on homelessness. Although the course emphasizes work by sociologists, contributions from psychology, political science, geography, history, and other disciplines are covered as well. Through reading, lecture, and discussion, students examine what is known about the origins of homelessness, its dimensions, and its consequences. They are encouraged to evaluate critically the methods used to investigate the problem and the evidence generated by those methods. They are also expected to be active producers of knowledge, independently exploring some aspect of homelessness in greater detail then sharing their results in oral and written form. This combination of activities is designed to underscore the relevance of social science research to important policy issues. Once students complete Sociology 528, they should be well prepared to take part in the ongoing public debate over how best to respond to homelessness in the contemporary U.S.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2000

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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