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JUST 650S [BC]

Encountering Homelessness and Housing Vulnerability, Spring 2014

Maria Teresa Dávila

Over a period of 14 weeks (depending on placement), students will learn about the experience of homelessness in the greater Boston area through a variety of service and awareness experiences. The face of homelessness today includes an array of life experiences that often surprise our assumptions about “the homeless.” Housing insecurity or vulnerability is today part of many more households than it used to be. Life in shelters, housing insecurity, struggle with the housing authorities and confusing regulations, chronic abuse (physical, mental, substance, sexual), spiritual, psychological, and financial needs are some of the challenges increasingly facing those already homeless or at risk of losing their home. Through this course students will share in some of the experiences described above as well as enter the world of those providing direct services and support to diverse populations suffering from homelessness and housing insecurity.
All students will be asked to dedicate at least 6 hrs./week to their location. Monthly 2-hour meetings will be held on campus, time based on class consensus. Prerequisite: ETHI 601 or 602. Limit: 10.


Spring - TBD

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.