POV 296 - Special Topics in Poverty Studies
An intensive, in-depth examination of particular thinkers, approaches, policies or debates in the field of poverty and human capability studies.
Spring 2016, POV 296-01: Special Topics in Poverty Studies: Freedom and Unfreedom (4). Prerequisite: POV 101 and instructor consent required. This course is taught in a classroom at Augusta Correctional Center in Craigsville. VA. Students attend class together with offenders who are pursuing higher education while in custody at the center. Poverty and incarceration both raise essential questions about scope, nature, and limits of human freedom: Students consider several classic and contemporary theories of freedom with special attention to the human capabilities approach, a cornerstone of the poverty studies program. We explore where freedom comes from, whether and to what extent poverty and incarceration are forms of unfreedom, and whether certain forms of freedom are compatible with these conditions. Students are challenged to articulate the conditions they consider necessary for living freely as well as the sources of unfreedom in their own lives. (HU) Brotzman. Planned Offering: Spring, 2016.
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