This seminar will examine the role of identity in the distribution of wealth, drawing upon the jurisprudential contributions of classic market theory, critical race theory, law and economics, liberalism, libertarianism, feminist legal theory, and queer theory. Students will probe the tensions between the marketplace distribution of commodities and the cultural determinants of market value, between economic efficiency and social equality, and between group rights and individual rights.
An important objective of this course is to enable students to recognize and interrogate structures of economic and social inequality, while exploring contemporary issues such as the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the ongoing economic recession, gentrification and affordable housing, affirmative action and desegregation, the economic borders of communities (immigration), and the restriction of public benefits to the needy. Students may elect to either complete a research paper satisfying the school's legal writing requirement, or take a final examination.
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