POLSCI 332 - The Politics of America's Economic Inequality
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Not available for students who have completed POLSCI 389, Topic = Politics of Inequality in U.S. (Topic Id # = 73).
Advisory Prerequisites:
Some coursework in U.S. politics is recommended but not required.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

We will explore several aspects of the mounting economic inequality in the United States. First, we will wrestle with arguments about why we might be concerned about growing inequality (as opposed to poverty or other related but distinct phenomena). Second, we will chart the new inequality and examine competing claims about its causes. Is it driven by social and cultural forces, by global economic trends, or by American politics? How might we think about the relative importance of these forces? Third, we will try to understand the consequences of the new inequality. What should we expect the stagnation of middle-class incomes and the stunning rise of incomes of the top one percent of Americans might affect U.S. politics? Will there be new calls for the redistribution of wealth? Will the better-off use their political influence to muffle these calls? Why might the new inequality be to blame for the financial crisis? For unprecedented levels of polarization in Washington? Finally, we will consider what - if anything - should and could be done to combat the new inequality.

This course is in the American Politics subfield.

Course Requirements:

No knowledge of economics is necessary to take this course. Some coursework in U.S. politics is recommended. The reading load is difficult in both quantity (about 150 pages per week) and substance.

Intended Audience:

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors.

Class Format:

Lecture meets twice a week for an hour and and half, discussion sections meet once a week for an hour.

POLSCI 332 - The Politics of America's Economic Inequality
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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