Course Description

Inequality in the U.S. & China explored ethics, economics, social inequality and policy solutions specific to each country. Students conducted independent research focused on questions of mobility and policy across six domains: employment, education, wealth, health, political participation and treatment by the legal system. Under the visionary leadership of Dr. William “Sandy” Darity, this bi-national Duke Immerse offered Duke undergrads the unique opportunity to engage and study with leading scholars of inequality at Duke University (U.S.) and Renmin University (China). Students developed understanding of the configurations of power influencing disparities in both countries, scrutinizing matters of money, race, health, education, history, place and culture. While this program originally included a 10-day research trip to Beijing, China, the trip was re-routed to Oahu, Hawaii, due to Covid-19. The Inequality in the U.S. and China Duke Immerse integrated independent comparative research with cross-cultural exchange and interdisciplinary classroom learning. Immerse students explored themes of ethics and inequality with Dr. Adam Hollowell as well as educational, economic and political mobility in China with Dr. Kunfeng Pan, and issues surrounding global domestic policy with Dr. Marta Sánchez. For additional information about Duke Immerse, please visit the initiative’s website here.

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Spring 2020 Duke Immerse Landing page

Educational Trip to Hawaii

Duke Immerse Final Projects

Cook Center Hosts Virtual 2020 Graduation Ceremony