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L9410 S. Law and Policy of Homelessness

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Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None

Instructor Co-requisites
None

Recommended Courses
None

Other Limitations
Open to Columbia University full-time graduate degree candidates (e.g., from SIPA and Social Work)

Learning Outcome Goals

Primary Goals

  • Articulate the history, causes and contours of modern American homelessness, with special reference to New York City
  • Describe, understand and critically assess major legislation and court decisions that address homelessness at the national and local levels
  • Describe and compare legal strategies for addressing homelessness, including litigation as well as legislative, regulatory, and international human rights advocacy
  • Understand legal issues involved in current policy debates on homelessness (such as the criminalization of homelessness and education access for homeless children) and be able to craft and support arguments to address them
  • Critically evaluate empirical claims and proposed legislative remedies regarding homelessness in New York State

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