Course description

How do patterns of American economic political and social inequality shape our policy responses to working families immigration poverty and COVID-19? In a period of contentious politics Americans are debating fundamental issues about economic well-being and social justice. How can the nation expand opportunity and security for workers and families following years of rising socioeconomic inequalities and shifts in the relationship of families to work? How do we regulate immigration and citizenship and cope with surges in refugees and asylum seekers? How have ongoing partisan polarization and rising economic inequalities influenced US responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis? Controversies in these areas are bitter and persistent and this course introduces students to the ways the United States has dealt with each of set of challenges.


  • John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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