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New York & DC: Wealth and Poverty - Winter
New York, New York, United States; Washington, D.C., United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
2-Junior and Above
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Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
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Shared Hostel/Hotel
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Program Advisor/Manager:
Mark Dalhouse
Program Leader 1:
Toddie Peters
Program Description:

**This program will run again in Winter Term 2016.**  

It is not accepting applications for Winter Term 2015.

Student in front of UN

GST 416 US: Wealth & Poverty

Students in this course will examine how economic globalization augments the divide between the rich and the poor in contemporary society and engage in a moral critique of the increasing disparities between wealth and poverty in our world. To that end, we will examine the ways in which people experience aspects of wealth and poverty in our world, by reading relevant philosophical and ethical resources, working with the Poverty Initiative (a grassroots organization working to end poverty in the US) and meeting with representatives of UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New York City.  Students will also spend three days in Washington, DC exploring the topic further.  This couse fulfills upper level GST requirement and is open to students in ther third and fourth years of study.  

TENTATIVE Course schedule:

Course schedule (NOTE – this does NOT correspond to the published winter term schedule)

Jan. 6-10 meet at Elon (preparatory readings and lectures, poverty simulation)
Jan. 13-17 travel to New York City (walking tour of Wall Street, meetings with anti-poverty groups, lectures on economic crisis and theories of impoverishment, tour of UN, meetings with UNICEF and UN Women, interfaith leaders fighting poverty)
Jan. 18 free day in NYC
Jan. 19-21 travel to DC, MLK day, examine US Congress and issues of wealth and poverty
Jan. 22 travel back to Burlington
Jan. 23-24, 27-28  meet at Elon (lead MLK day presentation, process and debrief NY experiences, work on research projects)
Jan. 29 final exam
Feb. 3  final papers due

PROGRAM COST: $1400 (includes transportation to and within New York City, lodging, some meals, UN Poverty Initiative programming fees, UN tour, travel to and within DC, and back to Elon)


Costs for Study USA vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill).

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.