ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Winter 2023, Section 003 - Credit, Debt, and the Financing of American Inequality
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
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Waitlist Capacity:
Waitlist Notes:
OS students will be given preference on the waitlist based on academic standing. Waitlist priority will be at the discretion of the instructor.
May be elected six times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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While debt is one of the oldest social institutions, arguably predating money, within the last hundred years, credit and debt has exploded. Whether it is individuals, companies, hospitals, universities, city governments, or countries, seemingly everything acquired or constructed is done so through some form of borrowing. Why and what are the implications for social inequality?

This course introduces students to the array of ways in which credit and debt animate the world around them. Beyond developing theoretical tools and empirical understandings of debt, the class leverages wide ranging data to refine students’ analytic capabilities enabling them to answer
complex and pressing social questions. For example, is student loan forgiveness progressive or regressive? What are the tradeoffs between individual borrowing versus government borrowing? How do credit markets influence urban politics? Does the use of big data technology in consumer credit scoring increase or decrease inequality?

We will grapple with these questions and more to understand American Inequality through credit and debt. In the process, students will sharpen their critical eye for specifying problems and evaluating evidence to ultimately imagine alternative possibilities for our social and economic


ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: **This course is intended for juniors and seniors; sophomores may enroll but should contact instructor immediately to discuss course expectations. Instructor: Dr. Nick Camp (npcamp)
002 (SEM)
 In Person
1Jr or Sr
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: **This course is also offered as Soc 495-007, so check that course also to see if spaces may still be available in that class (36705).

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