Income inequality in the U.S. has reached historically unprecedented levels, poverty remains high, and racial and gender inequalities are intransigent. The American Dream highlights opportunities for individuals to achieve success based on their own merits. Although large portions of the population still believe in the American Dream, for most Americans the dream is more myth than reality. This course focuses on the experiences of poor people in the U.S, examining the causes and consequences of poverty and the social policies that have been implemented, or may be in the future, to address poverty. We will also compare American wealth and income inequalities and social welfare policies to those of other affluent western countries. Same as SOC 2112.