Course Details

Course offered Winter 2020

HONORS 231 B: Citizenship Acts to Challenge Poverty (SSc, DIV)

HONORS 231 B: Citizenship Acts to Challenge Poverty (SSc, DIV)

SLN 21913 (View UW registration info »)

Victoria Lawson (Geography; Honors Program)
Phone: 206-543-5196

Credits: 5
Limit: 18 students

Honors Credit Type

In this seminar we will learn the recent history of homelessness in Seattle and explore root causes of impoverishment — both socio-economic processes and representations that frame people and places as ‘poor’. We will think about the role of the non-poor and structural causes in the production of poverty/inequality. In the first part of the course we will ethically engage with non-homed people, homelessness activists and political movements that are addressing the immediate and root causes of homelessness. We will then work on understanding root causes of homelessness, considering the role of gentrification, job markets, intersecting forms of discrimination (race, gender, sexuality, citizenship and more), criminalization and state-sponsored violence. Throughout our class, we will consider what forms of citizenship acts of engagement, research and action can tackle impoverishment.