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Power, Difference, & Inequality


Students engage with the histories, perspectives, politics, intellectual traditions, and/or expressive cultures of populations and communities that have historically been disempowered, and the structural and historical processes by which that disempowerment has endured and changed.

Learning Outcomes

These are the learning outcomes that are expected of students after completing a course.


Recognize the relationship between inequality and social, economic, and political power.


Analyze configurations of power and the forms of inequality and bias they produce.


Evaluate dynamics of social, economic, and political inequality in relation to specific historical contexts.


Interrogate the systemic processes by which forms of inequality are sustained and how these processes have been and are resisted and transformed.

Questions for Students

These are the types of questions you should be able to answer after completing a course.


What are the relevant structures, institutions, ways of thinking, and practices that create, maintain, and change social, economic, and political inequalities?


What practices have been implemented and institutionalized to address social, economic, and political inequalities?

Recurring Capacities

Every focus capacity course includes the following activities:


Writing, totaling at least 10 pages in length or the intellectual equivalent


Presenting material to the class, smaller groups, or the public through oral presentations, webpages, or other means


Collaborating in pairs or groups to learn, design, solve, create, build, or research

These elements – referred to as “recurring capacities” – will help you repeatedly practice crucial skills for future study, life, and career success.

Course Offerings

There are a wide range of courses you can take to meet the Power, Difference, & Inequality focus capacity requirement. Here are a few examples:

Faculty Resources

Any department may offer classes that fulfill any focus capacity as long as they meet the learning outcomes for that capacity.

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