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Anne Tuominen
SOC 360
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Social Stratification

Social class and social inequality in American society. Status, power, authority, and unequal opportunity are examined in depth, using material from other societies to provide a comparative and historical perspective. Sociological origins of recurrent conflicts involving race, sex, poverty, and political ideology.

Class description

The big questions posed by studies in social stratification are, who gets what, and why? In this course we will explore the social indicators that reflect who gets what, as well as the ways in which societies, both locally and globally, create and ensure a particular system of rewards. We also consider the possibility that who gets what is not always a given; in what circumstances, and by what efforts are individuals or groups are able to move across social strata?

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Anne Tuominen
Date: 11/11/2008