PSY 226 Psychology Social Class & Pov

Prerequisites: PSY 100

Summer Course Only

This course explores contemporary theories, findings, and social issues regarding the psychology of poverty. Emphasis is placed on understanding how poverty influences beliefs and behaviors across the lifespan including issues of work, parenting, mental and physical health, and violence against women. The course is guided by a feminist analysis that recognizes the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class. A major goal of the class is that students think critically about issues surrounding poverty and wealth at the individual and societal levels (including media representations of poverty and public policy). Learning will take place using readings, lecture, discussion, media analysis, guest speakers, experiential learning, and service learning community placements.


1 Course Credit