This is a seminar on the meaning of equality, its prescriptive expectations, and descriptive realities for the full array of social institutions. We will investigate how the concept of reality manifests itself over time and across cultures with respect to legal rights, the criminal justice system, immigrants and refugees, domestic relationships, racial relationships, educational opportunity, housing opportunity, military status, economic status and opportunity, and biological capacities. Students will be provided reading materials and are expected to do follow up research in order to provide a rich in-class discussion. Material for the first class can be found online at www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org under Course Material.
Students will need to have the following in order to participate in this class: