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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 139 Race, Gender, and Social Issues in Public Policy

This course explores how issues of race, gender, and social class permeate everyday life and how they are addressed in American law and public policy. Using sources from many disciplines including economics, law, and sociology, students explore issues of racial and ethnic identification, the role of race and gender in determining social class, and changes in the racial and ethnic mix of the U.S. population. Particular attention is given to how race, gender, and ethnicity determine social class and how public policy both shapes social class differences and works to mitigate them.