Sociology | Social Inequality
S217 | 3662 | Chad 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. A
section of the course will also be dedicated toward examining
conscious attempts to reduce or eliminate social inequality and
evaluating their success.