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
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
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
(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.