The course contrasts how the market force of competition either reduces or reinforces racial discrimination in the economic transactions that determine access to housing, employment, and business opportunities. In the eras of slavery and de jure segregation, competition often eroded or subverted the legally mandated status of racial groups, but since the enactment of civil rights laws, market competition has instead frequently frustrated enforcement of anti-discrimination laws. The course will also examine why no laws prohibit racial discrimination in transactions between business firms, and the consequences of this failure for the persistence of inequality and the achievement of racial justice.
Students registering for two credits will be graded primarily on an exam; students registering for three credits will be graded primarily on a research paper, a paper which may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.
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Last offered Fall 2011.