This course examines the origins, causes, and consequences of inequality within and between countries and among individuals across the world, emphasizing political, economic, and sociological dimensions of inequality in historical context. Recent cross-disciplinary scholarship on inequality is considered alongside “classic” studies, and course readings draw on analysis from the fields of political science, economics, sociology, and anthropology. Inequalities of wealth and income are studied in relation to inequalities of race and ethnicity, gender, and health. The course adopts a global perspective, investigating inequalities in the United States in relation to experiences of inequality in other nations and in light of contemporary “global” events, including the lingering effects of the “Great Recession” of 2007-2009, intensifying socio-economic dislocation in “advanced” economies, the increasingly fraught politics of international migration, and the rise of the “Global South.” This course is writing intensive. 


4 sh


Open to students in the third or fourth year of study.


Offered spring.

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