Drawing upon contemporary experts and front-line protagonists in litigation, policy-making, service delivery and research, this seminar explores the contested realities of homelessness in New York City. Reading is varied -- court papers, social science studies, research reports and policy statements -- supplemented by video documentaries and real-time events (like the annual street count). Active participation in weekly discussions, preparation of questions for guest speakers, and one supervised field assignment (often associated with the City's annual street count) are expected. Areas of concentration in syllabus shift to track prevailing issues and conflicts regarding homelessness policy/litigation as well as particular student interests.
Evaluation: one field assignment and write-up; brief term paper due at conclusion of course.