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Poverty, Wealth, and Inequality in the U.S

Drawing on an interdisciplinary selection of theoretical frameworks and disciplines ranging from critical studies to education, we will explore the social, cultural, political, and spiritual implications of poverty, wealth, and inequality in the United States. In a fully experiential manner we will examine, for example, the ways in which class identity informs one’s views of the world and its politics; how socioeconomic status affects one’s access to education and other social goods; and how dominant discourses and stereotypes related to poverty influence mass perception regarding a range of social issues, from educational policy to welfare. Dr. Paul C. Gorski George Mason University Syllabus