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Memos are one-page (750 word minimum) single-spaced essays (no more than 10 font) and are due in the morning on Blackboard before we discuss assigned readings (a physical copy should also be brought to class). Memos are not mere summaries of course reading material but intellectual interrogations. They must reflect your ability to discuss central ideas, synthesize, reflect, and critically evaluate the central thematic points intersecting weekly readings. To assist in this process, below are discussion questions to facilitate your probing of the course readings and to help stimulate your written responses. Ensure that you write in a grammatically correct manner and alignment and spacing utilized are in accordance with standard academic custom. Note that you must not utilize outside information (from the internet or otherwise). The only information to be utilized is assigned readings. Evidence to the contrary may result in an ungraded memo. If you are paraphrasing or quoting the articles or textbook, please ensure that you cite in accordance with standard academic custom (eg. Mills, 22 or Berger, 15). You may use MLA or APA style if you like. The memo is due Monday, December 5th 2016 by 7:00 am in the Turnitin Dropbox on Blackboard. There will be no make-up memos and late memos will not be accepted. Plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty will result disciplinary measures. Memos are worth 10 points and are pass or fail. *Note that a physical copy of the memo submitted online must be submitted in class* Guided Questions: Answer 2 or more of the following questions ensuring that you demonstrate knowledge of the major themes in the textbook and articles under discussion. Your answers should succinctly synthesize the interlocking themes across the assigned readings. 1) What is class inequality and what are trends in the United States and around the world? 2) Who are the poor in the United States of America and what is the relationship between social mobility, inequality and education? 3) Should we be concerned about excessive inequality? Why or Why not? 4) Who are the top 1% and just how wealthy are they? 

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