How do the legacies of colonialism and imperialism shape the ability of different nations to respond?

Inequalities brought out by the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting people around the world. The virus knows no borders, yet nations and regions are experiencing this pandemic in significantly different ways. Make an argument about some of the inequalities that the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted. Think broadly about access to healthcare and resources, racism and blame, and economic disparities in the global context of this pandemic. Use examples from lecture, course readings, and outside sources to support your argument.

Some questions to think about (not required):

How might this be connected to histories of inequality in a global system?
How do the legacies of colonialism and imperialism shape the ability of different nations to respond?
How have our responses varied at the local, national, regional and global levels?
What approaches to governance might enable us to respond to this crisis in a more just way?

Some possible resources (not required):

The pandemic is ravaging the world’s poor, even if they’re untouched by the virus (Links to an external site.)

Covid-19’s Economic Pain Is Universal. But Relief? Depends on Where You Live (Links to an external site.)

UN expert urges more government spending targeting inequality, not big business (Links to an external site.)

Use concepts and examples from the assigned course readings and course lectures to respond to the prompt. We are not asking you to summarize the readings/lectures/news sources or answer all the questions above. We are not asking for your unsupported opinions. We are asking you to make your own coherent and well supported argument about the topic. Cite specific concepts, short quotes and examples from the assigned readings and lectures as evidence to support your own argument. Your paper needs to include a thesis statement that outlines your argument and how you will support it.

Your paper should be 1000-1200 words or about 3-4 double spaced pages. Please pay careful attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Remember that citations are required for both paraphrasing and direct quotes from either the text or lecture. Feel free to cite other books and articles as needed. Include a full list of works cited at the end (APA, Chicago, or other citation standard – be consistent!).



These are some useful course materials.




University of California – Berkeley


Social Science


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