SOC 24: Introduction to Social Inequality





In this course, we will identify the basic contours of the structure and culture of social inequality in the United States and beyond through engagement with sociological research on class, race, gender, and immigration. Through our reading and active participation in lectures, we will develop answers to the central questions that motivate much sociological inquiry into inequality: Who gets what? Who is included and excluded? How and why? Should/can inequality be addressed?

In this introductory course on social inequality, we will:
1. Develop a descriptive and analytical understanding of inequality
2. Explore central concepts through which sociologists investigate inequality.
3. Become familiar with key debates that animate contemporary research on inequality.
4. Consider and critique competing explanations for distribution and recognition conceived as two dynamic dimensions of inequality.
5. Mobilize the analytical tools learned in this course to make sense of your own experience with the various dimensions of inequality (access to resources and (mis)recognition).
6. Consider how you can address the challenges presented by inequality in the current moment (e.g. by lowering stigmatization in your immediate environment, collaborating
with various NGOs, etc.).

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