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A Teaching Topic in Ethics and Accountability 

Equality of Opportunity

This teaching topic deals with the policy options available to governments who aim to foster greater equality of economic opportunity within society. Specifically, this topic focuses on the policy debates surrounding affirmative action for university admissions.

Recommended Reading (Harvard University, DPI 201): 

Wikipedia articles on: (1) Regents of the University of California v. Bakke; (2) Gratz v. Bollinger; (3) Grutter v. Bollinger

Ronald Dworkin, “Bakke’s Case: Are Quotas Unfair?”, in A Matter of Principle, pp 293-303  

Ronald Dworkin, “Reverse Discrimination,” in Taking Rights Seriously (1977), pp 223-239.

Bernard Boxill and Jan Boxill, “Affirmative Action,” in R. G. Frey and Christopher Heath Wellman, eds., A Companion to Applied Ethics (2003), pp 118-27.

John Schaar, "Equality of Opportunity, and Beyond", Equality: Nomos IX, Yearbook of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, pp 228-249, edited by J. Roland Pennock.

Christopher Jencks, “Whom Must We Treat Equally for Educational Opportunity to be Equal?” in Ethics 98 (1988): pp 518-533.

Source: Harvard University, DPI 201 Syllabus.

Page Created By: Ben Eisen,  August 15, 2013.

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