2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CSOCL 3450 HBO's The Wire: The Politics of U.S. Urban Inequality

Urban inequality has consistently been an intractable problem for politics, leading to inequalities of political voice and inequalities of life chances. Despite the “wars on poverty” of the past, the inequalities faced by many citizens trapped in isolated urban segregation is getting worse, rather than better. Public policy scholars have found that one of the significant impediments to addressing urban inequality is the persistence of negative stereotypes about those trapped in urban poverty. This course addresses this problem by promoting an empathetic understanding that challenges the simple dichotomy between “deserving” and “undeserving” poor, exposing the historical factors, policies, and racial discrimination that helped create this problem.




One CPOLS or one CSOCL course


Spring semester