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NYU Students to Turn Academic Lens on Occupy Wall Street

One is an elective titled “Why Occupy Wall Street? The History and Politics of Debt and Finance"

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    Demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement march through the streets of the financial district Thursday, Nov. 17 in New York. Two days after the encampment that sparked the global Occupy protest movement was cleared by authorities, demonstrators marched through New York's financial district and promised a national day of action with mass gatherings in other cities.

    After a fall semester on the streets, Occupy Wall Street is heading for the college classroom this spring.

    NYU is offering two courses on the leaderless movement for “the 99%” in the coming semester, including a Department of Social and Cultural Analysis elective titled “Why Occupy Wall Street? The History and Politics of Debt and Finance,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

    The 4-credit undergraduate class on cultures and economies has a rotating focus. A flyer explains the timely choice for spring 2012, the Journal said.

    “The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are catching on across the United States, linking to popular discontent with economic inequality and financial greed and malfeasance around the globe,” says the flyer distributed by Professor Lisa Duggan. “This course is designed to provide a background for these momentous events.”

    A sociology professor, Jeff Goodwin, will also teach a graduate-level seminar on Occupy.

    Duggan’s course will have five sections; the occupation begins Jan. 23.