Curves and Crises: Poverty, Politics and Pandemic

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Poverty in the U.S has been present since the Nation’s inception; its rates, shapes and implications varying widely. While the COVID-19 pandemic is a very recent global development, its impacts are already far-reaching and devastating. This course will review the history of poverty and its recent trends in the U.S., and examine the myriad effects of COVID-19 on people at, or near, the poverty threshold. We will pay particular attention to the key players and processes operating at local, state and national levels, and evaluate the role of the highly polarized political environment that predates this current situation. Guest lectures and class visits with representatives from organizations, agencies and policy offices will provide students first-hand exposure to the institutions and professionals grappling with these challenges. Students will also have opportunities to directly engage policy makers and shapers, and to deliberate as a group on current challenges and proposed solutions.

Student profile

This course focuses on political science and different social and environmental phenomena that impact policies and processes. This course is run in partnership with the Department of Political Science at UW–Madison.

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Application deadlines

Application opens: Nov. 29, 2021
Deadline: Apply by May 15, 2022

Tuition deadlines

The first half of tuition is due by May 16, 2022. The second half of tuition is due by June 6, 2022.

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