Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 206
Section Information for Spring 2017
In this course, we will identify the basic contours of the structure of social inequality in the United States through engagement with original, classic and contemporary sociological research on class, race, and gender. Through our reading and active participation in lectures and discussions, we will develop answers to the central question that motivates much sociological inquiry into inequality: Who gets what, and why? Why some are people rich and why are others poor? Why are women so often subordinate to men? Why are there more whites at the top of society than people of color? Why do some young people go to private schools, other to public schools (same for college)? Why do some people rent and others purchase homes? Why do some people shop at WalMart and others at Wegmans? Why do some people drive Mercedes and others drive Fords? What are the answers to these fundamental questions of social, political, economic, gender and racial inequalities? Studying social inequalities is about trying to make sense, or at least trying to explain and understand, the various hierarchies that exist within American society.
Satisfies the general education requirement in social and behavioral Science.