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RELI0298

Privilege and Poverty

Privilege and Poverty: The Ethics of Economic Inequality
In this course we will study the ethical implications of domestic and global economic inequality. Drawing from history, economics, sociology, philosophy, theology, and other disciplines, we will examine the causes and consequences of inequality, critically evaluate our usage of the terms “privilege” and “poverty,” and consider the range of moral responses individuals and society might have to inequality. We will ask whether it is unfair, unfortunate, or necessary that some citizens live with significantly less material wealth than others, and whether those who experience “privilege” have any moral responsibility to those who exist in “poverty.”
Subject:
Religion
Department:
Religion
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
PHL SOC
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Winter 2015

RELI0298A-W15 Lecture (Davis)

Spring 2013

RELI0298A-S13 Seminar (Davis)