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ECON 315 Economics of Diversity

This course uses various techniques to examine issues and problems relevant to the themes of race, ethnicity, gender, preference and class. Topics include: how race, ethnicity and gender arise in economics and how they relate to the labor market; the impact of national economic policies on diverse groups; the economics of discrimination; and questions related to domestic partner issues.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Understand the impact of race, class and gender on the outcomes of the market system.
  • Evaluate the public policy issues that affect women and people of color.
  • Use the theoretical approaches to analyze the status of women and people of color in the U.S. labor market.
  • Use the tools of macro and microeconomics to analyze economic issues with respect to race, class, and gender.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Economics of Diversity Gelgelu, Desta A Halvorson, Jon P Books for ECON-315-50 Spring 2024 Course details for ECON-315-50 Spring 2024

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Economics of Diversity Staff, Staff Books for ECON-315-50 Fall 2024 Course details for ECON-315-50 Fall 2024