SOC-S 217 SOCIAL INEQUALITY (3 CR.)
Why are income, wealth, and status distributed unequally? Is social inequality good for society? Explores the economic basis of social class; education and culture; social mobility; social inequality in comparative and historical perspective.
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|LEC||3||9317||Open||1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.||MW||BH 346||Garcia M
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- COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inq
- IUB GenEd S&H credit
- COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Every day there are signs of social inequality around us. While many people recognize the presence of inequality in society, it isn't always clear "who gets what and why?" Is inequality just a natural consequence of many people making individual choices, or is inequality something that is actively produced and maintained in society? To answer these questions, we will focus on the interrelated role of power, prestige, and privilege in processes of stratification and social inequality. In doing so we will consider several theoretical perspectives¿both classical and contemporary¿which address the roles of organizations, neighborhood contexts, and social networks in shaping the opportunities and life outcomes for people based on socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic group, and gender. Throughout the course, we will focus on a structural view for explaining social inequalities and the role we have as individual agents, and collectively, to respond to inequality. While we focus mainly on the U.S. context, we also consider societies around the world. Ultimately, this course is designed to help students understand how inequalities emerge, are reproduced and persist in today's world in order to potentially address social change.