SOC 309

Homelessness: Critical Issues for Policy and Practice

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course explores the experiences of the homeless and the public policies that affect them. The problems of homelessness are viewed from sociological and historical perspectives, as well as from a more experiential angle. The course emphasizes assessing the needs of the homeless and students serving as their advocates. Particular attention is devoted to race, gender, class, and age. Service learning is an integral part of this course. Students are expected to give forty-five hours of service to homeless people.

Prerequisites

Learning outcomes

General

  • Ability to apply knowledge to the social problems confronting a diverse homeless population at an upper division college level.
  • Develops the higher order thinking skills necessary to analyze, interpret, and evaluate public policies and practices as they impact homelessness.
  • Knows and understands the issues, history and concepts of homelessness at an upper division college level.
  • Understands approaches to meeting basic needs and recognizes policies required to reduce homelessness.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

  • Examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
  • Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
  • Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
  • Recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
  • Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.