This course will familiarize students with the history and experience of hunger and homelessness in contemporary American society. The course includes discussion, narrative readings, experiential exercises, movie reviews, field trips, and other media to expose students to issues of food insecurity and housing instability. Students will critique ideas of what it means to be "poor" and be exposed to the lives of individuals who do not have access to adequate food, housing, healthcare, and other basic needs. American social welfare policy, including governmental and local programs that address these issues, will be discussed. Students are responsible for transportation.
Dr David C. Fitzpatrick