SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
Winter 2017, Section 002 - The Experience of Social Class in College and the Community
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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The course examines how social class inequality is created and encountered in America, particularly as students study in higher education and work in communities. 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 explored.

Central questions include: 1) Why do Americans allow social class inequality to exist and persist over time, while simultaneously claiming all have equal social opportunities? 2) What are important moral, social justice and policy implications of on-going social class inequalities?

The course is part of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial Celebration. We will also be examining how the university has addressed social class inequality from 1817 to 2017. For example, in 1887 Michigan’s third president – James Angell (1871-1909) - identified this relatively new college in “the west” as the University of the Poor. We will consider how and why Michigan’s social class composition changed over our 200 history.

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SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
4Y1 or Y2
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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