Meritocracy and Inequality: Seminar (21777). 3 units. American meritocracy was conceived, at the middle of the last century, as a mechanism for opening the elite to outsiders and promoting fair equality of opportunity. Today, it is far from clear that meritocracy performs this function and more than plausible that meritocracy has become a principal obstacle to equality of opportunity. Students interested in the social, moral, and economic analysis of meritocracy are invited to submit proposals for supervised research on the relationship between meritocracy and equality, in any of its myriad forms. The final number of credits may vary by agreement with the instructor and framing of suitable work plans. Paper required. Enrollment limited to six. Permission of the instructor required. D. Markovits.
Course Bidding: In addition to listing this course among permission-of-the-instructor selections, students should submit a CV and a one-paragraph statement explaining the interest in this course. Materials should be submitted by December 8 at 4:30 p.m.