COR 416 US WEALTH AND POVERTY 4 S.H.
In this course students examine the ways in which economic globalization has exacerbated 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. Through readings, research, and visits to anti-poverty agencies, students examine the ways in which people experience aspects of wealth and poverty in our world, draw on philosophical and ethical resources to study and assess the moral consequences of the reigning model of globalization, and search for strategies to address the growing poverty in our world.
This course begins at Elon with morning sessions focused on discussing readings, theories, and experiences in the communities and afternoons engaging in and learning about issues of wealth and poverty in our local community. The second week we travel to New York to work with the Poverty Initiative, a national grassroots anti-poverty movement and to meet with various UN and NGO agencies addressing international poverty issues. The final week brings us back to campus to continue to research, discuss, and imagine new and effective strategies for addressing poverty and inequality in our world.
*Additionally, a predeparture course will be required in the fall.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations.
- Week 1: Meet at Elon
- Preparatory readings and lectures
- Poverty simulation
- Week 2: 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
- Free day in NYC
- Examine US Congress and issues of wealth and poverty
- Week 3:
- Return to Burlington
- Lead MLK day presentation
- Process and debrief NY experiences
- Work on research projects
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Eligibility & Application Deadlines
The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.
See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage
, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
- September 4 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- September 15 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
- October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
- October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
- Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.
Deposit Refunds -
If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.
If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.
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Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.
Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).
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For More Information
Program Leader 1: Toddie Peters
Professor of Religious Studies
Spence Pavilion-Religion/Phil. 215
2340 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244