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Caroline Lanza
BIS 445
Bothell Campus

Meanings and Realities of Inequality

A socioeconomic investigation into the meanings and realities of inequality using a variety of theoretical frameworks and empirical research. Focuses on the determinants of economic mobility and social status. Addresses discrimination, poverty, welfare, and education.

Class description

What are the long-term, intergenerational impacts of catastrophic events such as slavery, colonialism, and genocide in a community's history? Lakota social work scholar, Maria Yellow Horse Brave has defined the term, historical trauma to refer to the collective emotional and psychological injury both over the life span and across generations, resulting from a cataclysmic history of genocide and describes the effects of historical trauma to include unsettled emotional trauma, depression, high mortality rates, high rates of alcohol abuse, significant problems of child abuse and domestic violence (1998). This course will explore emerging theories of historical trauma, the impact of historical trauma on families and communities in terms of socio-economic and health care inequalities, and how communities are promoting healing.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, films, and small group work.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Caroline Lanza
Date: 10/11/2012