Racial Economic Disparities: Causes and Consequences
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NURP 5017
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Social Justice
  • Public Policy
This course critically examines the causes and consequences of racial disparities and the social policies designed to address these disparities. Although it has been nearly 150 years since the emancipation of Black Americans and nearly 40 years since the passage of civil rights and equal employment opportunity legislation, Blacks still lag far behind whites according to virtually every socioeconomic indicator. The course explores the merits and limitations of various paradigms aimed at explaining these persistent disparities. In particular, the course investigates racial disparities in education, health, wealth, and labor markets. Topics covered include the construction of racial identity and its economic, social, and psychological consequences, and intra-racial disparities associated with skin tone. (Typically offered Spring Term in alternate years.)
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Undergraduate students.