Summer Session B: 7/2/2012 – 8/16/2012
Section 732 • 3 credits
Instructor Natalie Kasiborski
Topics in social welfare, social policy, service delivery, research, theory, and practice; basic social worker values and concepts
Combining multimedia resources like YouTube clips, a New York Times bestselling book, current newspaper articles, a PBS documentary, and even an online game, this course is an introduction and exploration of poverty in America and the impact of poverty on American families and children today. The course will begin with a broad overview of poverty across the US (how it is defined and measured, indicators, trends, current policy, etc.) and narrow to focus on Michigan (how Michigan compares to other states, new lifetime cash assistance limitations, etc.), culminating in final student-prepared briefs on the status and impact of poverty within selected Michigan counties.