Racial Inequality and Public Policy in the American City
This interdisciplinary course examines the causes and consequences of racial inequality in the American city. We will analyze the strategies, tools, and public policies that impact marginalized groups. Our study will focus primarily on the roles of both electoral and institutional politics.
This course has been designed to underscore the necessity of understanding spatial manifestations of inequality (e.g. segregation) as an essential tool for deciphering the characteristics of oppressive institutional power and public policy.
This course is focused on three key dimensions of work as presented in our required reading and course assignments: 1) Dismantling structural inequalities: how does a spatial lens help to identify and address the root causes of discrimination; 2) Expanding by transforming (disrupt) the scope: how can focusing on spatial manifestations of inequality be used to impact analytical and political frames to make visible distinct forms of oppression; and, 3) Exacting accountability for "all lives mattering": how geography is crucial to develop and enact meaningful comprehensive justice oriented public policy.