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Social Structure and Social Stratification

2017/2018
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 2, 3 модуль

Преподаватель


Шпаковская Лариса Леонидовна

Course Syllabus

Abstract

That people have unequal sets of choices available to them is probably the key message of social science. We welcome you to the course where you will learn how social inequality is structured, reproduced and experienced. A complex of social institutions that generate the inequalities in valued goods, including but not limited to income, wealth and power, is what we call a stratification system. During the course, you will become equipped with analytical and methodological tools to study stratification. In the first weeks, you will learn the concepts and categories that guide our perception of inequality. Then we will discuss how the inequality can be measured empirically. Afterwards, you will study the mechanisms behind stratification systems, and their different aspects. The final weeks of the course are devoted to the theories putting together the previously studied concepts, measures, and mechanisms.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to make students acquaint with original, classic sociological researches on class, race, and gender and identify the basic contours of the structure of social inequality in Russia
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • to know basic concepts of classical and contemporary theory of social inequality
  • to know main models of social stratification used in empirical researches of social inequality
  • apply the theories of social inequality for interpretation and understanding of social stratification in contemporary Russia
  • to use concepts in a program of sociological research, including general questions of choice of methodology and conceptual apparatus of research
  • use theoretical concepts to interpret the results of already existing empirical researches and secondary analysis of socio-economic data
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Basic concepts in stratification and inequality studies
  • Stratification systems
  • Class in stratification studies
  • Status and prestige as stratification scales
  • Measuring stratification: gradational status grouping
  • Ruling class elites, and the upper class
  • Poverty and underclass
  • Middle class
  • Generating inequality: social mobility
  • Education, family background and social mobility
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Gender inequality form sociological perspective
  • Inequality in culture and consumption
  • Transformations of labour market and future of stratification
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar participation
  • non-blocking Homework
  • non-blocking Interim test
  • non-blocking Exam (Final test)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.2 * Exam (Final test) + 0.1 * Homework + 0.2 * Interim test + 0.5 * Seminar participation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Birkelund, G. E. (2013). Class and Stratification Analysis. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=513340

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bottero, W. (2005). Stratification : Social Division and Inequality. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=116686
  • Grusky, D. B., & Weisshaar, K. R. (2018). Social Stratification : Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective (Vol. Fourth edition). New York, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1808213