284.4 sec. 001 - Debt, Discrimination, and Inequality (Spring 2019)
Instructor: Abbye Atkinson (view instructor's profile)
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- Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 12
From January 08, 2019
To February 22, 2019
Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 240
From February 26, 2019
To April 19, 2019
Course End: April 19, 2019
Class Number: 32280
Enroll Limit: 19
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM
Debt is a powerful force in our consumer society. It has both generative and destructive capabilities. In its generative capacity, debt facilitates potentially wealth-building endeavors like buying a home or financing an education. In its destructive capacity, however, debt can function as a subordinating force and a limit on social mobility for economically vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. This class will focus on this latter aspect of debt and the role of discrimination in the incidence and persistence of financial distress in economically vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. Focusing specifically on race and gender and their intersections, we will examine how economic and social inequalities can lead to and perpetuate financial distress, particularly related to secured lending (e.g., mortgages and car loans) and education. We will then consider whether and how aspects of consumer law, such as consumer bankruptcy and consumer protection statutes, respond (or do not respond) to these realities. Weekly readings will be drawn from legal and social science literatures, and students will be required to write a short reaction paper to each week’s readings. Students will also be responsible for writing a 10 to 15-page paper due at the end of the semester.
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