PPS 302D – POLICY CHOICE AS VALUE CONFLICT
This course will look at the moral and ethical challenges posed by inequality in the United States from European settlement to the present. The goal is to understand the roots of the many inequities we see in our society today. We will investigate the topic through the lenses of housing, education, healthcare, municipal services, employment, politics and criminal justice, and we will also explore the leadership dimensions of these challenges throughout the semester.
The course will be divided into four sections: Part I: Colonization and Enslavement, 1600-1865; Part II: The Long Gilded Age, 1865-1929; Part III: The Great Compression, 1929-1972; and Part IV: The Great Divergence, 1972-Present.
Class meetings will consist of lectures, film and video clips, and discussion. There is also a required discussion section each week that will be led by students. These sections will provide a chance to go into more depth on the issues raised in class and well as to discuss how the past is implicated in the present. [Areas of Knowledge: SS; Inquiries/Competencies: EI]