Lesson 3: Causes of Oppression Against the Poor & Homeless
The lesson begins by asking students to distinguish characteristics of episodic and chronic homelessness. Next, students examine several case studies of people who are homeless and determine if the person is an example of episodic or chronic homelessness. Following a lecture onthe human capital theory, culture of poverty theory, and institutional discrimination theory, students will determine which theory or theories best explain the cause of homelessness for one of the individuals featured in the case studies.
Causes of Poverty Case Studies
Look carefully at the photograph of the homeless person that your group was given and predict the answers to the questions below:
1. Why do you think this person became homeless?
2. What do you think is the greatest challenge that being homeless presents to this person?
3. Is this a case of chronic or episodic homelessness? Why?