We all conduct our lives – choosing actions, making decisions, trying to influence others – based on theories about why and how things happen in the world.
From the early stages of childhood we attribute causes, building a vision of the social (and physical) world that makes it understandable.
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Most of our readings will be articles available for downloading. .: The Puzzling Persistence of Gender Inequality (book manuscript by RMJ not yet published) will similarly be available for downloading from the class web site.
The materials useful for those who want to dig deeper into a topic.We will adjust the time devoted to these two goals according to our experiences over the class.Every week, students will initiate discussions on readings and papers.The course will emphasize the history of gender inequality in the United States.While we focus on gender inequality, we will also seek to understand social causation more generally.