(DSOC/ILROB/PAM/SOC 2220, AMST/GOVT 2225, PHIL 1950)
Controversies about Inequality fulfills the core requirement toward the Minor in Inequality Studies.
Evidence of inequality is everywhere. The amount, its causes and the proposed solutions to inequality are often the subject of fierce political, academic, and public debate as Americans attempt to come to terms with growing domestic and global poverty, the persistence of racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination and the increasing visibility of inter and intra-country differences in wealth and income. This course introduces students to ongoing social scientific debates about the sources and consequences of inequality, while also exploring how social inequality is enacted and reinforced in everyday life. The course also hosts guest lectures by renowned faculty from around the country, further exposing students to recent social scientific scholarship in the area of inequality.
University Courses at Cornell are designed to teach students to think from the perspectives of multiple disciplines, across departments, and among diverse fields of study. Through this course students will foster intellectual discovery, promote debate, and address complex issues as they engage with students from across the university to examine social issues through new and different lenses.