Over one billion people worldwide live on less than $1
a day and well over half the world lives in serious
poverty, including tens of millions in wealthy countries. Consider how the poor and oppressed evaluate the meaning of life from their perspective as someone who lives on the margins of society. Explore contrasting viewpoints over the origins and
consequences of poverty. Witness
poverty firsthand through visits to local agencies such as the
Frazee Dream Center, Greenville Literacy Association,
or United Ministries, all of which deal directly with
impoverished people on a daily basis, and gain insight
into the human context of poverty issues.
Fall: FYW 1251: Meanings and Margins
fulfills the first-year writing intensive
seminar graduation requirement) explores inter-related “I-centered” questions such as “What is the meaning of life?” and “What are the hallmarks of a truly human life?” Examine how the answers to these questions guide decisions that you make about what you should do with your life and how you prepare yourself to do it. Consider the possibility that de-centering these questions – by getting outside oneself, by going to the margins of society – sheds a helpful, meaningful light on them and examine how answering these questions from within the ranks of the poor and oppressed may affect their meaning.
Spring: FYS 1150: The Origins of Global Poverty (which
fulfills the first-year
seminar graduation requirement) explores the historical origins of maldistribution of wealth between the "west" and the "rest" in the contemporary world. Examine contrasting viewpoints and consider the evidence to arrive at your own conclusion.