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Social Stratification

The course provides an overview of some classic and recent theory and research in social mobility and inequality of educational opportunity, theories of social class with empirical applications, and poverty and social welfare.

Course at advanced level for students who want an introduction to classic theory and contemporary research on social stratification. The course provides an overview of some classic and recent theory and research in (a) theories of social class with empirical applications, (b) social mobility and inequality of educational opportunity, and (c) social stratification in other dimensions, e.g. gender, ethnicity, and family. The focus will be on both descriptions of social stratification in modern societies, and on explanations. The course literature includes some relatively demanding texts for which prior knowledge in statistical methods is an asset.

  • Course structure

    After successfully completing this course, participants are expected to be able to: * Understand the meaning of central concepts and theories in social stratification and class theory.

    * Identify important similarities and differences among different theories of social stratification.

    * Understand how theories of social stratification are tested empirically.

    * Account for, and analyse, the content of central classical and modern texts in social stratification in a clearand well-argued manner.

    * Critically assess classical and modern sociological theories of social stratification in terms of their meritsand limitations.

    Teaching format

    Teaching is provided in the form of lectures and seminars. Course participants meet for lectures followed by an open discussion of the literature. 

     

    Course PM - All you need to know.

    Social Stratification 2022 (182 Kb)

    Assessment

     Student course performance is evaluated through a written assignment.

    Examiner

    Researcher: Moa Bursell

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
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