SO 208 Social Inequality
S2Z 2011 ML
Koepke, Dr. Deanna
PhD and MA Human and Organizational DevelopmentMS Information SystemsBA Honors/Interpersonal Communications
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March 14 - May 8, 2011
7:45 - 10:15 PM
Textbook: "Social Inequality - Forms, Causes, and Consequences", 7th Edition, Charles E. Hurst, Allyn & Bacon 2010, ISBN 0-205-69829-8
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Additional Resources: APA Style Manual, 6th edition will be helpful to you.
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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:
The paper will follow the APA style for references and formatting. You will need to have at least five references. Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are important.
For the article discussions, you will bring in one article per due date related to current issues of social inequality. You will present the article to the class and then lead a brief informal discussion of it. Articles may come from the internet, magazines, academic journals, etc.
Late Submission of Course Materials: -Written assignments can be submitted electronically even if you are absent. Therefore, late assignments will not be accepted for grading.
-If you are absent on a day when an article discussion is due, you will be expected to conduct the discussion during the next class period at which you are present.
-If you miss a quiz, midterm, or final exam that is given during class, you will not be given class time to take it. You will need to arrange to take the exam within one week of the scheduled time or you will not receive any credit. If an exam is placed in the online classroom and you are not able to complete it during the scheduled time, please make alternate arrangements with the instructor.
-Assignments that are late without an excused absence will not be accepted for grading.
-With the exception of the final exam (see below), all work must be submitted by May 5, 2011 (the last class meeting).
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
March 17 - Chapter 1-2 - research topic due
March 22 - Chapter 3 - article presentation/discussion due
March 24 - Chapter 4 - quiz over Chapters 1-3 (online class)
March 29 - Chapter 5
March 31 - Chapter 6 - article presentation/discussion due
April 5 - Chapter 7 - quiz over Chapters 4-6 (online class)
April 7 - Chapter 8 - core assessment outline due
April 12 - Chapter 9 - article presentation/discussion due
April 14 - Chapter 10 - quiz over Chapters 7-9 (online class)
April 19 - Chapter 11 - core assessment reference list due
April 21 - Chapter 12 - article presentation/discussion due
April 26 - Chapter 13 - quiz over Chapters 10-12 (online class) - research paper due
April 28 - Chapter 14 - article presentation/discussion due
May 3 - Chapter 15 - quiz over Chapters 13-15 (online class) - core assessment due
May 5 - presentation of core assessment - final exam (online class) to be completed by May 7
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