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Fall 2021
Aug 07, 2022
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SOCI 223 - Public Housing:Theory/Practice
While the term ‘public housing’ still conjures up images of high-rise developments in poor neighborhoods, most Americans living in publicly funded housing do not live in these types of units.  In fact, public housing refers to a broad set of initiatives to create safe, affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans.  Many of these policies emerged as a response to the perceived failures of large-scale public housing in the mid-twentieth century.  This course examines the multiple types of policies designed to provide housing assistance in the United States.   To do so, it interrogates the relationship between theory and practice – namely, how disciplines throughout the social sciences, including economics, sociology, architecture and urban planning, have informed the assumptions made by policymakers in their pursuit of better housing policies. After tracing the history of large-scale public housing developments, we will focus on several newer initiatives, including housing vouchers and the creation of mixed-income communities, that attempt to de-concentrate poverty and create opportunities for poor Americans.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Sociology Department

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