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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 421
Course Title: Class, Status, and Power
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Emphasis on social stratification systems and social inequalities, including the areas of economic class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Analysis of theories of power in constructing and maintaining systems of social inequality; the creation of wealth and poverty in the U.S. and globally; sources and consequences of ethnic and gender inequalities; and the stratification system surrounding sexualities. Prerequisite: junior standing.Offered Fall

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Junior standing.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Inequality and Society: Social Science Perspectives on Social Stratification
By Manza, Jeff and Michael Sauder (W.W. Norton)
The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality
By Gilbert, Dennis (Wadsworth )
Privilege, Power, and Difference
By Johnson, Allan (McGraw-Hill)
Social Stratification and Inequality: Class Conflict in Historical, Comparative, and Global Perspective
By Kerbo, Harold R. (McGraw-Hill )
Social Inequality: Patterns and Processes
By Marger, Martin (McGraw-Hill)
Inequality and Stratification: Race, Class, and Gender
By Rothman, Robert A. (Prentice Hall)
American Society: How It Really Works
By Wright, Erik Olin and Joel Rogers (W. W. Norton)
Power: A Radical View
By Lukes, Stephen (Palgrave Macmillan)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the various theories of stratification and inequality.
  2. Describe the various areas of stratification and the significant sociological perspectives on each.
  3. Explain intersectionality and systematic inequality.
  4. Differentiate between the impacts of wealth and income inequalities.
  5. Critically analyze and interrogate the role of power in creating and maintain inequality.
  6. Evaluate stratification in multiple arenas: race, class, gender, and sexuality.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Concepts and theories of stratification
  • Lukes on the three dimensions of power
  • The power elite
  • Patterns of stratification in the U.S.
  • Access to education and health care
  • Environmental racism
  • Intersection of race, class, and gender
  • Sexualities

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Yngve Digernes Date: November 1, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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