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2021-2022 Catalog

GOVT 317 Inequality and the American State

This course will explore patterns of political, social, and economic inequality in the United States through the lens of the American state. Specifically, we will investigate how U.S. governmental institutions and public policies create, reproduce, or mitigate intersecting forms of inequality for individuals and groups. Topics will include how political institutions and policies regulate citizenship, rights, political participation, representation, social welfare, finance, education, incarceration, and military service. Students will also conduct original research projects. [GM1, W]


GOVT 101 and one additional 200-level GOVT course or permission of instructor