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284.92 sec. 001 - COVID-19 and Global Inequality (Fall 2020)

Instructor: David Oppenheimer  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 07:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 20, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Th 4:00 PM - 6:50 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 20, 2020
To September 24, 2020

Th 4:00 PM - 6:50 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From October 08, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Course Start: August 20, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number: 34229

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives and caused millions of people to lose their jobs and/or businesses. Its impact has been global, and it is commonplace for people to say, “we’re all in this together.” We’re not. In fact, the impact has been disproportionately felt by people who are already disadvantaged by reasons of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, poverty, age, and intersections of disfavored identity. This online multi-university law course will explore the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on members of disadvantaged communities through the lens of equality law.

Topics of discussion are still under discussion, but will tentatively include:

Introduction to instructors and topics. (August 13) (recorded for Berkeley students)
Theories of equality. (August 20) (first class meeting for Berkeley students)
Sources of equality law (August 27)
Gender. (September 3)
Race and racism, including issues of police misconduct. (September 10)
Intersectional inequality. (September 17)
Poverty. (September 24)
Domestic Violence. (October 1)
Incarceration (October 8)
Low wage workers (October 15)
Migrants. (October 22)
Persons with disabilities (October 29)
Age (November 5) (Daylight Saving Time ends)
LGBTQI+. (November 12)
TBD (November 19) (last day for Berkeley students)

The class will be hosted by Berkeley and the University of Portsmouth (UK), and will include students and instructors from many universities spanning the globe. Other universities are still joining but at this point we have partners from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, France, Italy, the Netherlands South Africa, and the United Kingdom. We are in discussions with universities in Canada, Hong Kong and India. By the time classes start we will probably have partners on six continents.

For Berkeley students, all class sessions will include students and faculty from North, Central and South America; some class sessions will also include students and faculty from Europe/Africa or Asia/Australia. For Berkeley students, the class meets once a week, on Thursdays, for 110 minutes. Because the class includes students and faculty from universities in many time zones, on some Thursdays it meets in the morning (8:00-9:50, or on one occasion at 7:00-8:50 after we return to standard time) while on other Thursdays it meets in the late afternoon (5:00-6:50, or twice at 4:00-5:50 after we return to standard time). For our first five meetings (August 20 and 27, September 3, 10 and 17) we will meet at 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time. The meeting times for each week will be clearly stated on the syllabus.

Berkeley students who are residing anywhere in North, Central or South America can take the course "live" on the same schedule as students present in Berkeley. Students who are unable to attend in real-time will be expected to watch class videos and may have opportunities for optional engagement in real-time sessions in other time zones.

In total, six Berkeley class meetings will be at 5:00 PM, five will be at 8:00 AM, two will be at 4:00 PM and one will be at 7:00 AM.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
International and Comparative Law

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