Law  - Fall 2009
Racism, Health Disparities, and the Law
Professor Vernellia R. Randall
The University of Dayton School of Law

 Social Policy is Health Policy is Law


Moodle Participation

Rising Wealth Inequality: Why We Should Care

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"There is an Axis of Evil,  An Axis of Evil of inequality, of racism, of poverty, of economic deprivation
 that is adversely affecting the health of the American people." David Williams


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Health Equity Search


This course has an online component.

 Participation on Moodle is integral part of this class.  Any questions about the course should be posted under "Student FAQ".

Your online participation will be evaluated on your participation in the discussion forum, your completion of glossary entries, and your weekly reflection.

Moodle has many ways for me to evaluate your participation. For instance, I can determine the number of primary discussion postings, the number of secondary forum postings, the postings read, etc.  If a person tries to game the system, ie repeatedly viewing the same postings, I can determine that and the person will be penalized.

The guidelines for the discussion forums, the glossaries, and the weekly reflection are below

Discussion Forums
Each week there will be one or more discussion forums. For each forum, you should post one substantive, reflective comment about the reading, the video or answer the question posed.  In doing your reflection, ask what are the larger policy implication for communities? States? Federal Government?  What are the diversity issues involved?

The reflection should add your own thoughts and analysis to what you have read, saw or head. Do NOT merely summarize the readings or videos - I already know what the content. You don’t need to regurgitate it back. What you SHOULD do is use the readings or videos as a “jumping off” point to write on your thoughts on some point in the the reading.  Discussion forum postings will be based on whether your postings tended to:

  •  identify important points,
  • clarify difficult concepts, and
  •  generally try to facilitate each others understanding.

A  grade of (80% or better)  for the discussion forum requires that you

  • do an initial posting of 150 - 200 words in each forum
  • read 80% of the other postings for the forum in your group during the week of the readings and
  • provide at least one comment/critique to at least TWO different person's inital postings.
  • reference readings or videos where appropriate but no citations

You may of course continue the discussion as long as you feel appropriate or need to within reason.

You should also post information or news about remedies.


Each week there will be at least one glossary to be completed.  You should include terms, concepts and ideas related to health disparities. 

Each week you should identify at least one term, concept or idead and define or explain it.

You should read and rate all the terms.  You should rate the terms on a scale of 1 to 5.


You should provide written comment on at least one.

The definitions CANNOT be copied from the book but should be in your own words.  Examples and Hypos can be included. where appropriate.  As you study and gain better understanding you should feel free to up-date your postings.

Weekly Reflections

Think about the past week, what is the most important thing you learned? Why? Be thoughtful. Be reflective. Be specific. How will what you learn help you be a better lawyer?


(at least 150 words - indicate the TOTAL word count at the end of the the first reflection question.)


General Guidelines 
(Subject to modification without notice)

  1.  Writing a post includes posting an original post and/or responding to one.  Responding to a post does not count as much as posting an original one.
  2. The post must be substantial. Superficial, agree or disagree post or discounted or not counted at all. I will delete post that appear duplicate and superficial. If I notice a pattern of behavior it will affect your moodle grade
  3. You earn points for reading a post, but the number of points count as a lower percentage of the total score than if you write or respond to a post
  4. Moodle activity is always evaluated in the week of assignment.  So, for example, the only Moodle activity that will count in an upcoming week will be that which occurs in that week.  And, to a lesser value, in the In The News Section. except if a conversation continues to be active those conversations will be counted. Specifically, back reading old post will not count.
  5. Posting, responding, and reading posts in the In The News section always counts less than activity in the section currently assigned.
  6. Quantity counts, that is, of the students who are posting similar quality posting, the person with the most postings and who has read the most will get a higher raw score.
  7. Quality counts. that is students will be rewarded for posting thoughtful on point posting.
  8. Cutting and pasting articles do not count even if you add a short statement. Summarize the relevant content, provide a link and then discuss your reaction to the article.
01 Defining Health                             x
02 Health Disparities                                   x
03 Health Policy & the Law
04 Wealth Inequalities                                  x
05 Racial Inequality                            x
05 Racial Inequality                            x
06 Physical Environment
07 Health Care Disparities                                  x
08 Pulling it together                                              x


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