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Spring-2010-outline_1_ - SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION AND...

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SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION AND INEQUALITY ISS 215: Spring 2010 INSTRUCTOR TEACHING ASSISTANTS FAYYAZ HUSSAIN 5-H Berkey Hall Lumumba Shabaka Dusty Myers Office Hours 5-K Berkey Hall Te l: 353-6748 Tuesday 3:00 - 4:30 P.M. Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30 P.M. Tel: 353-9964 E-mail: [email protected] 1. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE As you know, individuals around the globe differ from one another other in many ways. Some of these Social differences are biological and some are man-made. Also, individuals around the globe do not enjoy an equal access to available economic resources and opportunities in their respective societies. In most societies, economic inequality leads to political inequality and vice versa. This economic and political inequality produces Social Inequality. The main objective of this course is to present a comprehensive analysis of these Social Differences and Social Inequalities around the globe. To achieve this goal, the course has been divided into the following three sections: A) theoretical discussion on Social Differences and Inequality, B) Social Institutions and Social Inequality, and C) forms and consequences of Social Differences and Inequality at individual, community, national, and international level. Given below is a brief description of each one of these sections. A) Theoretical Discussion In this section, we will present a number of theories to understand societies and their social systems around the globe. This comprehensive discussion will include both left wing and right wing controversies in existing literature on social inequality. B) Social Institutions and Social Inequality In this section, we will present and discuss various institutional arrangements developed by human beings to meet their economic, political, and educational needs. We will examine the significance of 1
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these institutions in the life of an individual. We will also examine the mechanisms these institutions use to promote, maintain, and transmit social inequalities from one generation to another. C) Forms and Consequences of Social Inequalities It is expected that above discussion will enable you to better understand and critically examine some of the most important Causes of Social Differentiation and Social inequalities in the world. In this section, we will present an in-depth analysis of some of the Social Inequalities that are produced by economic, political, and educational institutions.
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