Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Course on Poverty and Public Policy

Published Mar 04, 2009

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In the United States, approximately 18% of children live below the poverty line. Despite repeated efforts to eradicate poverty, it remains a persistent problem, and a controversial one. An OpenCourseWare version of 'Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy' is offered free online by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An undergraduate course offered through MIT's Urban Studies and Planning department, 'Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy' provides an enlightening look at poverty in the world today.

Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy: Course Specifics

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Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy: Course Description

This MIT Urban Studies and Planning course, taught by Professor Martin Rein, asks a variety of questions about poverty. First, and most basic, what is poverty? How is poverty defined and measured in the United States? How do other nations deal with poverty? What social, political and economic forces make poverty so difficult to wipe out?

These questions and others are investigated through readings on 23 poverty-related topics, ranging from the role of personal values in defining the problem to poverty and political disenfranchisement to economic power. Drawn from newspapers and books, the readings will be valuable to anyone involved in Urban Studies, public administration, and social service. If you are interested in taking the OpenCourseWare version of 'Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy,' visit the social studies in poverty course page.

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