The perfect storm of crises in 2020, from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter protests, has laid bare the deep-rooted but often ignored social inequalities of our society. This course explores many of those glaring issues that we face today related to these crises and beyond. We will study specific social problems as a way to understand how and why we allow inequality and problems to exist, for whose interests, and the consequences for individuals and society. Topics include: student loan debt; technology and the erosion of privacy; voter suppression; sports and social justice movements; prisons as de facto mental hospitals; capitalism and wealth inequality; structural racism and health disparities. We will discuss how all of these intersect with gender, race/ethnicity, and social class. Modality: This is a multimedia and interactive course. It will be delivered remotely, with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous modules.
Please direct any questions to Professor Jessica Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meets the Social Science requirement. No pre-requisites.
Easy to transfer to other universities.
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Photo credits (clockwise):
“A Protester with London’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ March in Oxford Street – 8 July 2016” by alisdare1 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
“Student Loans” by Got Credit is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“PM2.5” by Prachatai is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
“Florida ‘Early Voting’ sign” by BXGD is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0