Poverty in Law, Literature, and Culture (Zoom-only Class)

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 19/19
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1540-1730
  • WWW
01/26/2021 04/27/2021

Course Description

In this course, we will examine the ways in which poverty in the United States is defined, represented, and regulated by legal and literary texts. Our main objectives will to be to develop an understanding of the myriad ways in which law and legal doctrine interact with the lives of those who exist on the economic margins of our culture. We will explore historical and contemporary perspectives on the meaning of poverty and what counts as poverty law and the legislative policies that govern it. As important, we will consider those aspects of poverty and its regulation that elude law or, more prosaically, that cannot be reduced to legal concepts. Readings will include a variety of texts, including cases, statutes, novels, short stories, films, and theoretical articles. Through these texts, we will explore such topics as federal and state support for impoverished families, the regulation of access to work, the criminal regulation of the lives of the poor, the proper role for lawyers in meeting the legal needs of indigent people. Moreover, we will examine the overlapping, sometimes contradictory, ideologies that construct representations of the "culture of poverty" in contemporary society.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Over the course of the semester, each student will write three 6-to-8 page papers (all due via EXPO prior to the completion of the course). Deadlines to be announced.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 16, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 02, 11:59 PM