Course Catalog


The Sociology of Recession and Economic Crisis

This course provides a sociological assessment of both the origins and consequences of the 2007-09 recession and its aftermath. Extreme economic events can both exacerbate and highlight the deep economic, social, or political inequalities that permeate our society. One goal of this course is to provide an empirically accurate understanding of the proximate and distal origins of the 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing recession. The policy response to the recession and many of the consequences of the downturn for racial/ethical, gender, and class inequality in the United States are also examined. In addition, the course provides perspective on the impacts and manifestations of the recession overseas.

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