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284.4 sec. 001 - Debt, Discrimination, and Inequality (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Abbye J Atkinson  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 244
From January 11, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 11, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 32653

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 22
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

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 its influence on entrenched financial distress in economically vulnerable and marginalized communities. Focusing specifically on race and gender and their intersections, we will examine the relationship between socioeconomic inequality and the incidence of disproportionate indebtedness and financial distress among marginalized communities. 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.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

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:
Race and Law

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