ISS 215 Social Differentiation and Inequality
Sections 007 Spring 2008
Class time and location:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m., Rm # B104
Professor: Shobha Ramanand, Ph.D.
Office: 116 Linton Hall
Monday & Wednesday --Noon to 2:00 p.m. in 116 Linton Hall or by
Class Teaching Assistant (TA):
Main Library near the Newspaper Stand, Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m., or by appointment
Course content and objectives
The course examines two features that characterize all modern societies: social
differentiation and social inequality.
refers to differences in the
social makeup of the population (class, race/ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual
orientation, etc.). The most critical of such differences in American society are class,
race, ethnicity, and gender, and we will focus primarily on those.
unequal distribution of the society's resources, which comprise various forms of wealth,
power, and prestige. Social differentiation and social inequality are closely interrelated.
At the conclusion of the course you should be able to:
understand the social
diversity of the U.S. and other societies; (2) recognize societal inequalities in wealth
and power; (3) appreciate the social and individual consequences of class, race,
ethnicity, and gender; (4) examine the impact of globalization on social
differentiation and inequality; (5) think seriously about how wealth and power are
distributed and whether that distribution can—or should—be changed; (6) take the
information and ideas acquired in the course and apply them to your own social
experiences and, more broadly, use them as the basis of opinion and action in your
community and society.
Lectures, Discussions, Films.
examinations-based on readings and material
presented in class, multiple-choice quizzes, participation in class and book
Attendance is required.