What is the course about?
On this brief half-day course, we’ll look at poverty as an issue in America. How is poverty defined in America? What are the levels of poverty and where in the US? We’ll examine the historical changes to poverty in the US and begin to unpick the causes and effects of poverty in one of the world’s wealthiest nations.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
-Poverty as defined in America
-The historical changes to poverty over the last several deca-des in America
-Some of the key causes and effects of poverty in America.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Explain America’s definition of poverty
-List some key points in American history where changes to poverty occur
-Explain the contextual causes and effects of poverty.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be delivered through a presentation, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety of maps, images, video and text throughout the session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. A list of recommended resources will be provided to follow-on from the session, but this is optional.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look into our 'US Controversies' series, covering difficult subjects in American History.