Inequality in the U.S. & China is a semester-long cluster of courses, offered through Duke Immerse, that explores ethics, economics, social inequality and policy solutions specific to each country. Students will conduct independent research focused on questions of mobility and policy across six domains: employment, education, wealth, health, political participation and treatment by the legal system. Under the visionary leadership of Dr. William “Sandy” Darity, this bi-national program offers Duke undergrads the unique opportunity to engage and study with leading scholars of inequality at Duke University (U.S.), University of North Carolina-Wilmington (U.S.), and Renmin University (China). Students will also develop understanding of the configurations of power influencing disparities in both countries, scrutinizing matters of money, race, health, education, history, place and culture. This program includes a 10-day research trip to Beijing, China, and it integrates independent comparative research with cross-cultural exchange and interdisciplinary classroom learning. Students will explore themes of ethics and inequality with Dr. Adam Hollowell; educational, economic and political mobility in China with Dr. Kunfeng Pan; and issues surrounding global domestic policy with Dr. Marta Sánchez.
More specifics will be added throughout the 2020 spring semester. For additional information about Duke Immerse, please visit the initiative’s website here.