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Spring 2016

Course Description
After a number of years in which dominant legal and social agendas focussed mainly on cultural and social equality issues –gender, race, sexuality, and the like-- we have suddenly and dramatically returned to classic core issues of political economy and social inequality. Movements like “Occupy” may have produced few if any real changes, but they did bring to our attention the yawning and growing inequality we have allowed to develop and with which we now live.

There has been a near explosion of literature examining the origins, trajectory, and law and politics of this new inequality. This seminar, offered for the first time, will center on a reading of this interdisciplinary literature. Participants will read, analyze, discuss, and criticize this literature while formulating research topics that will form the basis of original papers that will constitute the course requirement along with an in-class presentation.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but enrollees must be prepared for some serious reading and engagement. Among the books and articles we will read together –mostly new and new to me as well- are: David Harvey, A Brief History of Neo-Liberalism; Thomas Pikkety, (optional) Capital in the 21st Century; Wolfgang Streeck, Buying Time; Colin Crouch, Post-Democracy and Strange Non-Death of Neo-Liberalism; Goran Therborn, The Killing Fields of Inequality.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-11-2016 - 04-20-2016   R  3:30 PM-5:20 PM F402

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: None.
Method of Evaluation: Class Participation, Class Presentation, Original Final Essay
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
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