Spring 2017 - 61153 - PA280L - Topics in Public Policy and Law

America’s Struggling Middle Class

This class is cross-listed with LAW. LAW is the home department. Please note this is a TWO CREDIT course.

This class will focus on a variety of subjects that will explore why America’s middle-class struggles to achieve the American Dream.  Topics we will explore: how labor laws have helped create and maintain the income inequality gaps, how housing laws have helped created economically (and racially) segregated neighborhoods, and how education laws make it harder for high school and college students to graduate and be prepared to succeed in the current labor market.  Readings will be of diverse types and may include excerpts from books, law review articles, government reports, empirical studies, and popular writings (including news articles or blog entries).

TNH 2.123