SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
Section: 001 The Experience of Social Class in College and the Community
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

The course examines how social class inequality is created/encountered in America — particularly as students study in higher education and work in the wider community. We will consider the structural bases of social class stratification including persistent family, educational, occupational and income inequalities. Close attention will be paid to how individuals experience social class in a country theoretically committed to equality of opportunity for all. Both obvious and hidden contradictions for children/students/adults from various social class backgrounds will be reviewed and explored. Two central questions to be answered include:

  • Why do Americans allow social class inequality to exist and persist over time, while simultaneously claiming all have equal social opportunities?
  • Why are we unable to achieve all our meritocratic ideals?

SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
42925
Open
2
2Jr or Sr
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Ulrich's
Note:
Class title: The Experience of Social Class in College and the Community.  
 
See books below.  
 
The course examines how social class inequality is created and encountered in America - particularly as students study in higher education and prepare for work in the wider community. Close attention will be paid to how individuals experience social class in a country publicly committed to equality of opportunity for all. Some policy questions to be addressed include: Should Affirmative action be social class-based? Should the draft (without college deferments and applied to both men and women) be re-instituted so that military burdens are distributed across social class groups? How is social class inequality viewed and adressed now that the United States has elected its first African American President? 
 
Texts: 1) Where We Stand: Class Matters (bell hooks); 2) Class Matters (New York Times); 3) Justice: What's the Right Thing To Do? (Michael Sandel); 4) Reader at Ulrich's. Books available at university bookstores: Ulrich's, MI Book and Supply, etc.
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