2020-2021 University Catalog 
    
    Jun 25, 2022  
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ECON 231 - The Economics of Race

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: ECON 100. A critical examination of the causes and consequences of racial disparities in valued life-course outcomes in America. More than 50 years have elapsed since the passage of civil-rights and equal-employment-opportunity legislation in the U.S. Nevertheless, racial gaps persist – with blacks lagging whites – on most socioeconomic indicators. The course is divided into four parts: (1) an introduction to the biological and social construction of race; (2) theories to explain racial disparities; (3) an examination of racial disparity in such realms as education, health, wealth, wages, and unemployment; and (4) policies to address racial disparities. In each section of the course, students explore relevant issues through assigned readings, films, and classroom discussion. We foster the development and use of critical thinking, effective writing, and oral presentation skills. Student evaluation is based on classroom participation, an examination of concepts discussed, film commentaries, and a term paper.  Goldsmith.



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