Global Poverty Engaged Living Furman University

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. Learn the relationship between poverty and wealth by considering ethical questions such as "Who possesses wealth in the world today and how did they come to acquire it?"

Explore the debates over the origins and consequences of poverty and the current wealth distribution in the world. Learn what role you play in your community and the larger world while seeing poverty firsthand through participation in service learning experiences. Visit 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: History 142: Modern Latin America (which fulfills the "Historical Analysis" and "World Cultures" GER credits as well as meets requirements for the Poverty Studies and Latin American Studies minors) explores the historically situated origins of the differentiation of wealth. Examine the wealth inequities that have defined the Latin American region as part of the developing world.

Spring: Poverty Studies 101: Introduction to Poverty Studies (one of the most popular courses at Furman, and a required course for the poverty studies minor) explores the meaning of poverty from philosophical and practical perspectives. Examine the causes and potential solutions to poverty as well as the roles and responsibilities of individuals, business, government, and other institutions in the struggle against poverty.

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