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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FCL 547 - Families and Poverty

This course explores how families experience poverty, including its consequences on family formation, relationships, and well-being. It also critically examines policies designed to reduce family poverty and their impacts on society.


Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Gain the ability to explain and examine the way family poverty is measured as well as the demographic characteristics of poor families.
  • Critically examine theoretical explanations of family poverty, in particular those that link poverty to family structure.
  • Identify and examine the lived experiences of poor families in a variety of contexts.
  • Identify and articulate the ways poverty affects child and family well- being in terms of relationships, parenting, and developmental outcomes.
  • Critically reflect upon their own views of poverty and low-income families.
  • Evaluate the relative quality of research design, measurement, sampling and causal inference in published empirical literature on families in poverty.
  • Define and evaluate the policies and programs that intend to reduce poverty, particularly those that attempt to so by regulating the reproductive and family life of the poor.

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