SOC 397A: Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop

This workshop-based course explores the problem of poverty in the city of Tucson and its impacts on the well-being of local residents. The workshop combines in-class lectures on poverty with extensive training in the collection of survey data. Partnering with various community agencies and nonprofits, this course includes an intensive period of field research where students will interview households in Tucson in order to help our community partners better understand the problem of poverty and identify potential solutions. Over six weeks, students will work in teams to travel to identified households and request their participation in a survey. Students will be given specific goal of surveys to collect and will do so outside the traditional course meeting time. At the end of the course, students will form teams to analyze their data and present their findings back to the community at a forum hosted by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.