My course "Wealth and Poverty" starts right here
I’m so pleased to be able to bring you the big 750-student undergraduate course I teach on Wealth and Poverty. I’m also posting an abbreviated syllabus so you can do the key readings, should you wish.
You’ll have my lectures and slides — and see how my 700 students respond to interactive quizzes, puzzles, and short role-playing scenarios. I don’t tell students what to think; I challenge them to think harder (which often means playing devil’s advocate).
Each class is posted here (Click the link for: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class 7, Class 8, Class 9, Class 10, Class 11— and the last three coming soon), so it's okay to be tardy for class!
The first half of the class is remote, because the university was closed due to COVID). The second half is live, in the classroom.
I promise I won’t grade you too harshly. (In fact, I won’t give you any exams.)
I designed the course to give students — and now, you — a deeper understanding of why inequalities of income and wealth have widened significantly over the last 40 years in the United States.
Given that most of the underlying factors causing this trend here are also prevalent in other nations, the lessons learned are likely to be relevant elsewhere. But we’ll also examine why such inequalities are more extreme in the United States than in other rich countries.
The course is also intended to provide insights into the political and public policy debates that have arisen in light of these widening inequalities, as well as possible means of reversing them.
Because I’m such a fan of Dolly Parton, I usually begin my class (as students are filing into the lecture hall) with her spectacular “9 to 5.” So …
See you in class!