Course syllabi and reading lists

Reading lists and syllabi from university courses on issues of poverty, including work, family, health and other topics; research methodology and program evaluation; and related topics.

We welcome additions to this list from NPC-affiliated faculty. Please contact npcinfo@umich.edu.

Syllabus: Pub Pol 541: Programs and Policies for the U.S. Labor Market. Harry J. Holzer, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University. (Spring 2012)

Syllabus: Social Work 876, Pol. Sci. 876: Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. Mary Corcoran, Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Laura Lein, Dean and Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan. (Fall 2011)

Syllabus: Pub Pol 746: Social Welfare Policy. Sheldon Danziger, H.J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. (Winter 2011)

Syllabus: Public Affairs 974-1. Comparative and National Social Policy. Timothy Smeeding, Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Spring 2011)

Syllabus: PPL 891: The Economics and Public Policy of US Poverty. Steven Haider, Professor of Economics, Michigan State University. (Fall 2010)

Syllabus: Pub Pol 736/Political Science 736: Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. Mary Corcoran, Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. (Fall 2010)

Syllabus: SPP 730/Political Science 730/SW 818/WS 698: Women and Employment Policy.Mary Corcoran, Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. (Fall 2010)

Syllabus: Gender and Poverty in the United States. Randy Albelda, Economics Department, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Deborah Belle, Department of Psychology, Boston University, and Lisa Dodson, Sociology Department, Boston College. (Spring 2010)

Syllabus: Law and Poverty. Ezra Rosser, Associate Professor, American University Washington College of Law (Fall 2009)

Syllabus: Economics 545: Economics of Education, Health and Human Capital. Elizabeth Powers, Associate Professor of Economics and Faculty Member, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. (Fall 2009)

Syllabus: PUB AFFR 882: Public Assistance Policy and Management. Maria Cancian, Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Fall 2009)

Syllabus: PUBPOL 495: Seminar on Social Welfare Policy in the U.S. Sheldon Danziger, H. J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. (Fall 2011)

Syllabus: Economics 197: Special Topcis in Economics: Poverty, Inequality, and Discrimination. David Bjerk, Assistant Professor, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College (Spring 2009)

Syllabus: Sociology 497A: Sociology of Poverty. John Iceland, Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University (Fall 2009)

Syllabus: Public Affairs (LAF) 974-2: Topics in Social Policy Analysis: Health, Education and Welfare. Tim Smeeding, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Fall 2009)

Syllabus: PUBPOL 746: Social Welfare Policy Kristin S. Seefeldt, Research Investigator, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. (Winter 2009)

Syllabus: PUBPOL 736/Political Science 736/DOC 858: Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. Mary Corcoran, Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. (Fall 2008)

Syllabus: PUBPOL 285-11: Policy Analysis and Public Assistance. Michael Wiseman, Research Professor of Public Policy and Economics, George Washington University. (Spring 2007)

Syllabus: V93.510: Contemporary Social Problems. W. Jean Yeung, Professor of Sociology, New York University. (Spring 2007)

Syllabus: PAM612: Poverty, Public Policy, and the Life Course. Daniel T. Lichter, Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University. (Spring 2007)

Syllabus: HLE512: Proseminar on Inequality and Social Policy. Sandy Jencks, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy; Kathryn Edin, Visiting Professor; and Torben Iversen, Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University. (Spring 2007)

Syllabus: SW501: Poverty and Inequality. Jennifer Romich, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington. (Winter 2007)

Syllabus: HLE511: Proseminar on Inequality and Social Policy. Sandy Jencks, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. (Fall 2006)

Syllabus: PA 388K: American Social Policy Challenges. Kenneth Apfel, Professor Public Policy, University of Texas-Austin (Fall 2005)

Syllabus: CSDE 595B: Demography, Poverty and Child Well-being. Robert Plotnick, Professor of Public Policy, University of Washington. (Spring 2006)

Reading List: Economics 495: Economics of Poverty and Income Distribution. Steven Haider, Associate Professor of Economics, Michigan State University. (Fall 2005)

Syllabus: PUBPOL 677: Immigration Policy. Ann Chih Lin, Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. (Fall 2003)

Syllabus: Poverty and Welfare. Doug Besharov, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland and American Enterprise Institute. (Fall 2004)

Reading List: Poverty in America: Empirical Trends and Theoretical Explanations, a 2004 National Poverty Center Summer Workshop.

Syllabus: Social Work 846/Political Science 846: Poverty, the Underclass, and Public Policy. Mary Corcoran, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, University of Michigan. (Fall 2005)

Syllabus: PUBPOL 636: Program Evaluation. Robert F. Schoeni, Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. (Fall 2003)

Syllabus: PUBPOL 694: Proseminar in Qualitative Methods. Ann Chih Lin. Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. (Winter 2002)

Syllabus: PUBPOL 836: Seminar on Poverty and Public Policy. Rebecca M. Blank, Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Henry Carter Adams Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan. (Winter 2004)

Syllabus: CAAS/SOC 634: The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint. Alford Young, Jr. Associate Professor of Sociology and CAAS (Center for Afro-American and African Studies), University of Michigan. (Winter 2004)

Syllabus: T6801: Social Welfare Policy. Marcy Carlson, Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work (Fall 2007)

Syllabus: Sociology 666: Poverty and Welfare. John Iceland, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland (Fall 2007)