Social Stratification, 7.5 credits

About the education

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.

Subject: Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of the origin, development, organization, and functions of human societies, comprising everything from studies of close-knit social relations to the cultural and formal institutions of society. Sociology contributes knowledge of how peoples´ working conditions and health are affected by organizational structures, or how identities and groups are shaped by religion, ethnicity, and gender, creating social communities as well as social conflicts. Sociology also contributes to the understanding of how individual lives are affected by gender, social background and ethnicity.

Hence, studies in sociology provide you with theoretical and methodological tools to better understand society and the social contexts of which you are a part. Studies in sociology also enrich and complement other social science studies such as criminology, economics, psychology, and political science, as well as other fields such as technology, medicine, philosophy and law.

Labour market

Sociologists have a broad labour market both within the private and the public sector. A sociological education will help you develop analytical skills in the form of theory as well as both quantitative and qualitative research methods .Analytical skills that will make you able to investigate social issues, and to assess, evaluate and perform surveys on social phenomena. You can specialize in different areas such as labour market, organizations, migration, demography, health, gender, or family.

Degree

To obtain a Bachelor´s degree in Sociology you can either take single subject courses in sociology of 90 HEC combined with 90 HEC in other subjects, or take one of the following Bachelor´s programmes:

Bachelor´s programme in applied social research

Bachelor´s programme in sociology: Working life and labour market

Bachelor´s programme in personnel, work and organization

The Department of Sociology offers second level studies in both sociology and demography in the form of Master´s programmes, or single subject courses that can be used in a degree in another subject. With a Bachelor´s degree and 60 HEC of second level courses you are eligible for doctoral studies in sociology or sociological demography.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Sociology