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Exciting news! Patrick is teaching the following course at Harvard this fall. Sociology 149 will offer a comprehensive overview of poverty in America and around the world. To eliminate barriers to access, there are no prerequisites and all readings will be made available at no cost to students. Trust me, you need to put this on your shopping list. Please reblog the following and spread the word :)

SOCIOLOGY 149
Inequality, Poverty, and Wealth in Comparative Perspective
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2pm
Sever Hall 209

This course combines insights from two fields – sociology and political economy – to introduce students to an understanding of inequality as a structural phenomenon. Rather viewing it in opposition to ideals of equality and distributive justice, students will learn to identify the economic and institutional causes of unemployment, food insecurity, homelessness, lack of medical care, and other common social problems that afflict capitalist societies across the world…

Call me biased, but I think my roommate’s going to be a great professor, and a class like this is absolutely relevant to everyone no matter what they’re studying. Non-sociology majors (and MIT students) are strongly encouraged to enroll, and auditors will be permitted with the permission of instructor. (Visit the course website for the syllabus and full course description.)

Please let your friends know about the class - reblog/tweet/Facebook your hearts out and invite other folks to the first lecture, which takes place this coming Tuesday, September 4th :) See you in class!

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