CC 300 AX - Homelessness

3 Credits 
MWF 9:05-9:55 am - Professor Bloom
Cross-listed with HIST 492 AX

This course will examine homelessness from historical and sociological perspectives, as well as through literature. We will explore how the meaning of homelessness-and the composition of the ranks of the homeless-has changed in the United States over the centuries. Moreover, we will analyze the different ways society has perceived homelessness and sought to develop policies to address this issue.

Required Readings:

• Kenneth Kusmer, Down and Out, On the Road: The Homeless in American History
• Stephen O’Connor, Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed
• Tom Kromer, Waiting for Nothing
• Elliot Liebow, Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women
• Mike Yankoski, Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America

Assignments include two five-page papers, a ten-page take-home final, and a brief presentation.