Global Poverty Engaged Living Furman UniversityOver 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 1253: Origins of Global Poverty (which fulfills the first-year writing seminar graduation requirement)  explores the origins and nature of the separation of wealth between the “global north” and the “global south?”  Consider the important question "Why are some nations so rich and some so poor?" Examine the merits of multiple view points; consider the implications of the separation of wealth; and engage some policy debates surrounding issues like globalization and the war on terror.

Spring: PHL 101: Introduction to Philosophy (which fulfills the Ultimate Questions GER credit) introduces some of the classic problems of poverty from a philosophical perspective, with emphasis on understanding the nature of philosophical reflection and reasoning. Explore poverty through epistemology, ethics, metaphysics and other major branches of philosophy.

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