Sep 25, 2023
SOC 2300 - Social Inequalities and Social Change
This course is a comprehensive survey of the sources, meaning, and consequences of social inequality in its multiple forms including age, class, gender, poverty/wealth, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and spatial dimensions. The course connects these forms to social change processes that can be both a source of or solution to inequality. Whether it is collective action, culture, development, the environment, globalization, population, social institutions, or social structure, social change has many sources, providing an arena for social inequality to play out and intersect in its various forms. In its breadth the course promotes critical analysis of the dynamics and presence of social inequality and social change in the larger society and everyday lives of students. Using a social injustice framework and an informed sociological imagination, the course is intended to prepare students for additional study in more focused and advanced topics in inequality.
Requisites: SOC 1000 or (Soph or Jr or Sr)
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will be able to deduce and discuss significant issues in the study of inequality and social change in multiple forms.
- Students will be able to decipher meanings, sources, and components of social change and its consequences.
- Students will be able to determine the intersectional dynamics of inequality, social change and their significance for the study of sociology.
- Students will be able to theorize the roots and origins of social inequality in the U.S. and contemporary world societies.
- Students will be able to evaluate important policy considerations regarding inequality and social change and their implications using the tools of sociology.
- Students will be able to evaluate real world cases and experiences pertaining to inequality and social change.
- Students will be able to outline how individuals may be able to participate in their family, community, country, and/or the world on issues pertaining to inequality and social change.
- Students will be able to deliberate on individual versus structural and institutional determinants and responsibilities regarding social inequality and social change.
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