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 Course Title:   Intro to Stratification and Inequality in America: D

 Title Abbreviation:   STRAT/INEQUAL AMERICA: D

 Department:    SOC

 Course #:    204

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    451101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2013


 Course Description  

Explores social class and social inequality in contemporary U.S. society. Status, power, authority, and unequal opportunities are examined in relation to who are the poor and the persistence of poverty. Demographic data is used to describe the population of the poor and analyses are made in regard to the structure of opportunities, class differences, in life chances, social mobility aspects of the social welfare system, and the causes of poverty.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU SOC 210
EWU SOC 362
SPU SOC 3215
U of W SOC 364
WSU SOC 240
WWU SOC 360

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Read and analyze sociological works which form part of the literature on poverty with the aim of crafting a broad understanding of poverty, its manifestations, and probable causes
  2. Learn to use basic sociological terminology and concepts
  3. Appreciate the discipline of sociology in its contributions to the quest for self-knowledge, in developing a sensitivity to diversity, and in helping to forge and explanatory science for understanding human interactions and social forces
  4. Form conclusions about the evolution of poverty, the role of government, public policy on public assistance and responses to specific cases of poverty based on evidence from the readings, sociological understands and sociological perspectives
  5. Locate data on household income, poverty threshold calculations, percentage of population below the poverty line, and correlations with race, age, family status
  6. Use statistical information to construct hypothesis in a sociological context as well as to make inferences based on aggregate data
  7. Become actively involved through discussion, dialogue, and community service in the major issues that are crystalized as a result of sociological analysis
  8. Think critically in regard to: understanding assumptions and values about stratification and social mobility; the limits of generalizations on the basis of stratification data; and evaluation of casual models

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.
4.6 Utilize ethical practice in relation to diverse communities and cultures for the promotion of equity and social justice.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.

Course Contents

  1. Constant srutiny of the processess of economic disenfranchisement with special reference to the exploitation of lavor and its effects on special populations, e.g., women, children, the elderly and minorities
  2. Historical overview of the development of poverty in the U.S. and the evolution of common understandings of poverty
  3. Sociological analysis and the basic building blocks, methods and theories about poverty and wealth in Soc.
  4. Racism, class prejudice, Keynesian and supply-side principles, operation of the capitalist market system, the role of government, FDR's New Deal, LBJ's war on Poverty, Reagans's retrenchment, fragmented political power, and interest groups and their relationship to commentary about poverty and status
  5. Applied work in a variety of critical approaches emphasizing the importance of historical and social contexts in understanding and interpreting poverty, social mobility, and social differentiation
  6. Applied work in how data on poverty is collected, how statistical probability actually works in regard to what populations are in poverty and how statistical analysis can identify issues around poverty and concentration of wealth
  7. Computer data analysis for manipulation of statistical software programs in analyzing issues around poverty, and stimulizations e.g., cross-tabulation of independent variables like education and socioeconomic status
  8. An appreciation of the role of diversity and pluralism in relation to stratified populations and the impact of stratification on racial, ethnic, and gender groups