HS 322B — Sociological Inquiry

An essential human need, few things intersect and influence as many aspects of our lives as housing does, and drive social mobility, inequality, and stratification. At its minimal meaning, a home provides shelter from the elements. Housing provides a private space for family life, relaxation. The location of where the home sits matters, determining access to quality schools, parks, transportation, shopping and much more. And housing can be a major component of building financial wealth. As this incomplete list of various aspects of housing indicates, housing impacts people in many different ways, and this course will provide a general introduction on some of the dominant themes: Homeownership, renters, housing instability and homelessness, neighborhoods and segregation, racial and ethnic disparities, as well as the impact of housing on health, mental health, disability, the elderly. Usually offered every second year.
Janet Boguslaw