Sociology | Social Inequality
S217 | 4100 | Menning


This course is an introduction to a broad area of sociology known
as "social inequality."  Social inequality is the study of the
systematic social forces that shape the distribution of wealth,
power, status, and privilege in society.  This class is designed to
give students a general understanding of what inequality is, how it
impacts individual lives, and how it is measured and understood by
social scientists.  In general, we shall try to uncover some of the
main fault lines that define divisions between those who have more
and those who have less.  We shall also explore various reasons that
certain people and groups end up with more wealth, power, status, and
privilege than others.  The course covers inequality on global and
more local scales.  A section of the course will also be dedicated
toward examining and evaluating conscious attempts to reduce or
eliminate social inequality.