SO 208 Social Inequality
F1B 2009 BL
Smolak, William H.
Dual Masters, Management/Human Resources DevelopmentBachelors, Sociology
11 August - 01 October 2009
5:00 - 7:30 PM
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
SO208: SOCIAL INEQUALITY
Core Assessment (New for July, 2006)
The Core Assessment assignment for this class will be a major essay that integrates, analyzes, applies, and critiques several sociological concepts and research findings from this course individually, together, and with additional sources from your own literature review and archival study.
You must incorporate the findings from at least five outside sources of original academic research in this essay. You may also include additional sources for examples or background information, but only reputable, peer-reviewed academic sources will count toward the reference requirements of your essays. This means that magazines, newspapers, professional periodicals, or internet sources are only appropriate for examples and illustrations in this project — if you have any questions as to whether a specific source is acceptable for your essay, you should ask your instructor rather than guess. Also, focus on articles or books presenting original research or theories, not on those reviewing others' works or editorializing about opposing approaches. Reference works, textbooks, and literature reviews are all excellent places to begin your search, but you must find and read the original in order to develop your own reaction. Ask your instructor for source approval if in doubt.
You should also consider incorporating relevant and reputable statistical and other social scientific data collected by researchers, governments, and other agencies and organizations. A wealth of such archived data is publicly accessible through the Internet, and their use can help you better understand your issue and develop a stronger analysis and critique. Again, if in doubt, ask your instructor for approval of your data source.
If you do not properly cite those external sources that contributed to your work, then you are guilty of plagiarism. This will not be tolerated and may result in immediate and serious academic penalties. If you have any questions as to when and how to use citations and references in you essays, please contact your instructor. Your final essay will also be formatted according to the relevant portions of the American Psychological Association Style Guide. The main text of your essay will consist of no more than 3,500 words (or about fifteen pages). While it possible to construct a successful essay in fewer words, this assignment is comprehensive and detailed enough that most students will find it a challenge to successfully address all of its points in the allotted space. Begin work on your essay early and leave plenty of time for revision to assure the best possible grade.
SO208 CORE ASSESSMENT
Begin by identifying yourself on the dimensions commonly associated with social inequalities: social class (income, wealth, (current and intended) education level, occupational prestige (associated with current or planned career), race, ethnicity, and gender. In addition, you might also identify yourself on dimensions associated with less traditional inequalities, such as national origin,, sexual identity or preference, age, weight, able-bodiedness, and so forth. Explain where you fit and how that affects the life chances for you and others like you. Use theoretical concepts and empirical findings from class materials, other relevant research, and archival data sources to describe and analyze your “place” in the world. Why do you think our society stratifies individuals and groups on these dimensions and not others? Use important theoretical concepts to perform this analysis. Discuss how various ideas might be synthesized to produce a better explanation.
Then select two people who differ from you on several of these dimensions. Talk to them and ask them where they think they fit in our society's opportunity structure and how they think it affects their life chances. Compare their assessment with your own analysis of their position and with available data. Compare and contrast all three of your positions in the opportunity structure. Do they perceive themselves differently than you did? Use the theories and concepts from the class to explain any differences between your respective objective chances and subjective assessments. Do you each have accurate or inaccurate expectations? Why?
Who has the greatest advantages and disadvantages among your three examples? Why? How? Which attributes have given each of you the greatest advantages and disadvantages? How do the dimensions interact with one another to produce additional effects (for example, it is different to be white and female, white and male, or black and male, etc.)? Suggest what individual choices and public policies would be most likely to even out the life chances among your cases. How likely are these to come about?
Project yourself twenty years into the future. Are these inequalities likely to persist? Why or why not? Where would you expect each of you to be in that time? Why? How do these subjective expectations correspond with the major applicable theories of inequality and with relevant trend data?
Finally, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your analysis, and of the conceptual tools and social scientific data you used in your efforts. If the general public, or members of the groups you analyze in your essay, were to know what you now know, what would be the individual and social consequences, if any? Why? Explain and justify all assertions with appropriate logic and evidence.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Three institutional reports valued at up to 50 points each. The essays will be at least 500 words but no more than 750 words, as follows:
Week 2 – Economic Inequality - Use the information in Chaptert 2 to create a report about yourself as relates to economic inequality. This report is due Saturday of Week 2.
Week 4 – Social Inequality - Use the information in Chapters 8 and 9 to create a report about yourself as relates to social inequality. This report is due Saturday of Week 4.
Final Examination – No less than 40 multiple choices, true/false, fill in the blank and essay questions. The examination will be based on the required readings and on information presented during class by the instructor. (250 Points)
The grading scale is as follows:
Late Submission of Course Materials: Papers and Examinations will not be taken late without the prior approval of the instructor. The student must have an acceptable reason for the late submission. All work that is received past the established deadline is subject to a penalty of up to 50% of the value of the assignment.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All park University rules will be in force for this class.
If after a break you do not return to class then you will earn an unexcused absence for the entire class unless you coordinate the departure with the instructor beforehand or there is a bona fide emergency that delayed notifying the instructor. If delayed the student must coordinate the absence with the instructor no later than the first Saturday following the missed class.
A request for excused absence must be coordinated with the instructor before class meets, or if delayed by a bona fide emergency, no later than the first Saturday following the missed class.
Week 1: Introduction to Social Inequality and Extent and Forms of Social Inequality
Due Date (if applicable)
Introduction, review of syllabus, discuss class requirements
1 – An Introduction to the Study of Social Inequality
2 – Economic Inequality
3 – Status Inequality
Week 2: Extent and Forms of Social Inequality
Readings – Chapters 4 and 5; Quiz; and Report
4 – Political Inequality
5 – Sex and Gender Inequality
Week 2 Quiz due Saturday Week 2
Week 2 Report due Saturday Week 2
Week 3: Extent and Forms of Social Inequality
Readings – Chapters 6 and 7; and Quiz
6 – Sexual Orientation and Inequality
7 – Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Week 3 Quiz due Saturday Week 3
Week 4: General Explanations of Inequality
Readings – Chapters 8 and 9; Quiz; and Report
8 – Classical Explanations of Inequality
9 – Contemporary Explanations of Inequality
Week 4 Quiz due Saturday Week 4
Week 4 Report due Saturday Week 4
Week 5: Consequences of Social Inequality
Readings – Chapters 10 and 11; and Quiz
10 – The Impact of Inequality on Personal Life Chances
11 – Deviance, Protest, and Inequality
Week 5 Quiz due Saturday Week 5
Week 6: Consequences of Social Inequality, and Stability and Change in the System of Social Inequality
12 – Social Inequality and Social Movements
13 – Social Mobility and Status Attainment: Openness…
Week 6 Quiz due Saturday Week 6
Week 6 Report due Saturday Week 6
Week 7: Stability and Change in the System of Social Inequality
Readings – Chapters 14 and 15; Final Paper
14 – Social Inequality and Social Movements
15 – Social Mobility and Status Attainment: Openness…
Final Paper due Saturday Week 7
Week 8: Final Examination, and Approved Late Submissions
Final Examination; Approved Late Submissions
Approved Late Submission due Thursday Week 8
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