Examination of the role, meanings, and, consequences of various forms of (financial) debt, in contemporary society, drawing primarily on the, work of sociologists and anthropologists, but also, including historical, legal, and political-economy, perspectives on debt and indebtedness. Analyzes, various forms of financial debt including how, credit/debt relates to broader social, institutions, its social consequences, and the, links between debt and inequality. Themes explored, will vary each semester but may include student, loans, mortgages and the mortgage crisis, race and, racial inequalities enacted through finance, debt, as a development solution, credit cards,, bankruptcy, debt collection, pawnshops, and legal, debt.