Robert Reich’s UC Berkeley Course on Wealth & Poverty Is Free Online

Once the Sec­re­tary of Labor under the Clin­ton Admin­is­tra­tion, Robert Reich spent 17 years teach­ing at UC Berke­ley. This past spring, he taught his final course there, and it’s now avail­able online. Above, you can stream 14 lec­tures from “Wealth and Pover­ty,” a course “designed to pro­vide stu­dents with a deep­er under­stand­ing of both the orga­ni­za­tion of the polit­i­cal econ­o­my in the Unit­ed States and of oth­er advanced economies, and why the dis­tri­b­u­tion of earn­ings, wealth, and oppor­tu­ni­ty have been diverg­ing in the Unit­ed States and in oth­er nations.” Usu­al­ly attend­ed by 750 Berke­ley under­grad­u­ates, the course is also “intend­ed to pro­vide insights into the polit­i­cal and pub­lic-pol­i­cy debates that have arisen in light of this diver­gence, as well as pos­si­ble means of revers­ing it.”

“Wealth and Pover­ty” will be added to our list of free Eco­nom­ics cours­es, a sub­set of our larg­er col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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  • Ahmet says:

    This guy is a moron and OC has got­ten too polit­i­cal for me. I miss the days of art and cul­ture

  • Reuben C. says:

    Dit­to. OC nev­er met a statist/leftist/fascist it did­n’t like…while call­ing any­body who actu­al­ly oppos­es the prop­er def­i­n­i­tion of “fascist”…a fas­cist, of course.

  • Reuben C. says:

    Yep, that must be it: All who dis­agree with your slav­ish sta­tism must live des­per­ate lives in which they nev­er encounter ideas that they don’t like. Yeah…yeah, that has to be it; eas­i­er than actu­al­ly think­ing, any­way. Unsur­pris­ing remark from Closed Cul­ture, sim­i­lar to “You want to kill Grand­ma” for non-face-bra-wear­ers, or “You HATE homo­sex­u­als” for those revolt­ed at sodomy and coprophil­ia. Stal­in and Mao would be proud.

  • John says:

    Strange how these peo­ple are get­ting trig­gered by the mere men­tion of a col­lege econ course.

  • David says:

    Great course.

  • Healthy 2 Wealthy 4 Life says:

    Robert Reich, for­mer Sec­re­tary of Labor, and UC Berke­ley pro­fes­sor, has made his final course, “Wealth and Pover­ty,” avail­able online. This course delves into the polit­i­cal econ­o­my of the Unit­ed States and oth­er advanced economies, explor­ing the grow­ing wealth gap and its impli­ca­tions. It’s a valu­able resource for under­stand­ing and address­ing these crit­i­cal issues.

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