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ECON 1214: Economic History of Diversity and Inclusion

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of economic analysis and economic history, with a special emphasis on models of institutional change, economic growth, discrimination, inequality, migration, and indigenous economic systems.  Students will explore the impact of institutions, environment, and technological change on labor markets, asset markets, and standards of living, while considering the role of data in understanding diversity and related ethical issues. The course will highlight how economic factors have impacted residents of Virginia and the surrounding states, with each course topic focusing on the life history of a specific person. These individuals will serve as a lens through which students will consider the systematic role of economic and institutional factors in facilitating the inclusion (or exclusion) of people in a community’s economic and social life.  

Why take it?

Issues of equity and inclusion have recently begun to receive more attention in public discussions.  This course will provide students with an evidence-based background in what is known about historical inequities and their lasting impact today, enabling them to participate in these greater discussions from an informed perspective.  A greater understanding of the complex economic history of diversity and inclusion can also furnish the necessary background to thrive as business and community leaders in an increasingly diverse world. 

ECON 1214 fulfills an elective in the Housing and Society Pathways minor. 


There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Reasoning in the Social Sciences, Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States, and Ethical Reasoning.