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Spring 2023 Course

Law and Inequality Workshop

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

In this course we will explore concepts of inequality from a range of disciplinary perspectives. We will also consider meanings and effects of pernicious inequalities in several sociolegal contexts such as geography, race, and poverty/work/labor. Finally we will examine methodologies for “mapping” ways that various legal dynamics drive the genesis, elaboration, reinforcement and maintenance of hierarchies of privilege and disadvantage across individuals, groups, localities, regions and nations and more. As we identify key legal drivers in the production of specific adverse inequalities, we will also explore ways that changes in legal ordering might shift bargaining power, redistribute resources or otherwise ameliorate their negative effects. Students will work in clusters to research a domain of inequality and develop a legal inequality map of its drivers in order to analyze and engage with it.