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Sociology 149: Inequality, Poverty, and Wealth in Comparative Perspective will examine social inequality in the United States, as well as the dynamics of poverty and wealth in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, Russia, China, South Africa, and the European Union. Readings will expose students to current debates in the social sciences and competing intellectual perspectives ranging from neoclassical economics to post-colonial theory to the Frankfurt School.
In the final segment of the course, we explore alternative organizational models and sustainable technologies and consider the long-term viability of currently practiced solutions, such as redistributive policies, non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurship, and micro-finance. Students will collaborate on a final group project aimed at solving a social problem.The class will also include several guest speakers and experts, including a panel on food and housing insecurity which will feature local community members who have experienced homelessness in the Greater Boston region.