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Poverty Studies

Overview of Subject

[Poverty Studies] introduces students to academic research about the nature and consequences of poverty (in both advanced and developing nations), highlighting the contributions of scholars across disciplines. We begin by examining several multifaceted definitions of poverty put forth by governments and non+governmental organizations (NGOs), and by mapping the incidence of poverty (geographically and demographically). We then examine a series of policy issues crowding the political agenda including low wage rates; sub prime lending practices; discrimination in hiring and promotion; enforcement of fair labor standards and treatment of low-skilled immigrants and migrant workers; inadequate access to quality education and health care; sexual abuse and broken families; and health issues related to the environment and nutrition.

Dr. Connie Mick, from PS 20000: Introduction to Poverty Studies at Notre Dame

Related subjects include: Peace Studies and Global Affairs

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Poverty Studies @ Notre Dame

Notre Dame's has extensive resources for study and work in the area of Poverty Studies.

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