SOCI 330

Social Stratification

Prerequisite: SOCI 100. An examination of the sociological understanding of structured social inequality. Beginning with the origins of social stratification and theoretical explanations of inequality, the course will survey the principal forms of stratification found in human society, concentrating on an extended analysis of the class structure of American society that addresses these fundamental questions: How are rewards (power, property, prestige) distributed in American society? How unequal is the distribution? Are classes real groups or categories? Can individuals change their rank in the structure? How has the structure of inequality changed? V.5, V.7