ECON W80 Culture & Discrimination in LDCs. This course will explore and analyze the many forms of discrimination in less developed countries (LDCs), especially in collectivist LDCs, which are rooted in inherited beliefs, traditions, taboos, customs, and myths. These norms continue to play significant roles in marginalizing/discriminating against the poor, minority groups, and women, by limiting their capabilities, participation, and effective representations in many spheres of life. The course utilizes both the new institutional economic analysis (NIEA) and the capability approach (CA), which open up a genuinely interdisciplinary discussion. The course structure is divided into two main sections: first culture and gender discrimination; second, the ultra-poor and modern-day slavery. This course may fulfill an elective in the Economics major. Prerequisite: ECON 151 or 221. A. Abadeer. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.