Urban Poverty and Inequality

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Urban Poverty and Inequality

Spring 2021

Taught By: Alberto Minujin

Section: A

CRN: 3407

Credits: 3

One of the 21st Century's biggest challenges is, and will continue to be, urban expansion and growing intra-urban inequalities. Fifty percent of the world's population currently lives in urban areas and, by 2050, that number is projected to rise to 66 percent. Many inhabitants, including millions of children, live in slums with precarious and temporary shelter where inequities are part of daily life. Some key implications of the issues listed above are still unanswered. For example, how many poor live in urban areas? How should urban poverty be measured and how reliable are current estimations of poverty? How do inequities affect different social groups in cities? What is the situation in cities, for example, of groups such as children, women, and minorities? How are urban policies addressing the multiple challenges that cities increasingly face? The approach of the course to address those questions will emphasize the practical experience that the student will develop during the course, based in a theoretical framework. Students will have a unique possibility of developing a field experience with one of two organizations. One would be a governmental organization, the New York City Housing Authority - REES. The other would be a local NGO, LSA Family Health Services. This practical part of the course will be central to student knowledge acquisition and understanding which could be applied globally. The course will be based on two parallel tracks: 1) Analyzing conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches to measure poverty and inequality and relevant social policies to alleviate urban poverty and exclusion 2) Design and carry out a practical project related to ways to confront poverty in the City of New York. Using New York City as a case study, students will explore how different organizations implement policies/programs to address poverty and marginalization among different social and demographic groups. By the end of the course, students will have practical knowledge and tools about how to measure poverty and inequality in urban environments and how to view critically the policies developed by city government and civil society organizations on behalf of their citizens.

This course is part of the Development concentration and Cities & Social Justice concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:20am 7/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 304

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021