Prof. Daphne Greenwood
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)
Columbine Hall 1059/Phone: 262-4031
Office Hrs: 11-12 MW and by appt
ECON 398: APPLYING ECONOMICS TO COMMUNITY PROBLEMS
This course builds on the knowledge of economics you already have to
Presentations: Neatness and organization count!
1. Brief overview of the agency you are working with and primary problems dealing with
2. Discuss semester experiences in light of
and any tables/graphs/charts which would be helpful
ASSIGNMENTS FOR CLASS:
Date Topic Assignment
Jan 22 Social Problems: Economic Aspects Economic Concepts
How Can You be a Part of Solving Them? Discuss service contract
Guest Speakers: Urban League
Office of Dispute Resolution
Jan 29 Youth Problems: Causes and Cures ONE PAGE RESUMES
Guest Speakers: Tutmosse Family Services A State of Highs and Lows
Feb 5 Poverty and Housing What is Poverty?
Guest Speakers: Housing Advocacy Coalition
Chins-Up Youth Programs
Feb 12 Oral report on placements
Reading to be assigned
Feb 19 No class meetings/6 hours per week on assignment Weekly journal entries
Feb 26 "
Mar 5 "
Mar 12 Meet for group discussion 9:25 –10:30 Reading to be assigned
Mar 19 No class meetings/6 hours per week on assignment Weekly journal entries
Mar 26 Spring Break – be sure to schedule with your host agency
Apr 2 No class meetings/6 hours per week on assignment Weekly journal entries
Apr 9 Meet from 9:25- 10:45 for discussion
Apr 16 No class meetings/6 hours per week on assignment Weekly journal entries
Apr 23 No class meetings/6 hours per week on assignment Weekly journal entries
Apr 30 No class meetings/6 hours per week on assignment Weekly journal entries
May 7 No class meetings/6 hours per week on assignment Weekly journal entries
May 14 9:25-12:05 FINAL PRESENTATIONS
SUGGESTED POSSIBLE READINGS:
Rethinking Social Policy, Christopher Jencks, 1993. (poverty, discrimination, welfare reform)
What Money Can’t Buy – Family Income and Children’s Life Chances, Susan E. Mayer, Harvard University Press, 1997.
(child poverty, welfare reform, family intervention)
Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work, Kathryn Edin and Laura Lein. Russell Sage Foundation. 1997.
A New Look at Poverty.William O’Hare. Annie E. Casey Foundation. 1995.
Diverting Children from a Life of Crime: Measuring Costs and Benefits, Peter Greenwood, et al.
RAND Corporation, 1996.
The Evolution of Juvenile Justice and Youth Violence in America, J. C. Howell, Sage Publications, 1998.
Saving Kids from the Slammer: Costs and Benefits, Harry Boone, The Journal of State Government 70:1, Winter 1997.
Denise Billingsley The Urban League 634-1525
early childhood education
job search and training
Pat Dolin, Education director Chins-Up Youth & Family Services 327-2042 family counseling/alternative education
Cindy Kulp, Director Housing Advocacy Coalition 634-0738
grassroots community organizing
Niki Moore COMMCOR 630-9316
Anita Stuckey Office of Dispute Resolution 448-7776
mediation of legal disputes
(child custody and support)
Dr. Anthony Young Tutmosse Community Services 599-6946
family intervention/alternative education