Feb 26, 2024
SOC 2300 - Social Inequalities and Social Change
This course is a comprehensive survey of the sources, meaning, and consequences of social inequality in its multiple forms including age, class, gender, poverty/wealth, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and spatial dimensions. The course connects these forms to social change processes that can be both a source of and solution to inequality. Whether it is collective action, culture, development, the environment, globalization, population, social institutions, or social structure, social change has many sources, providing an arena for social inequality to play out and intersect in its various forms. In its breadth the course promotes critical analysis of the dynamics and presence of social inequality and social change in the larger society and everyday lives of students. Using a social injustice framework and an informed sociological imagination, the course is intended to prepare students for additional study in more focused and advanced topics in inequality.
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World, Foundations: Intercultural Explorations
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
- Students will be able to explain primary terminology, concepts, and findings of the specific sociology and its study of social inequality and social change.
- Students will be able to critically state, describe, and consider issues or problems in the study of inequality and social change in multiple forms.
- Students will be able to apply the theory and methods of sociology to the study of social inequality and social change.
- Students will be able to use information from multiple sources to develop a comprehensive analysis or synthesis with regard to the meanings and consequences of social inequality and its links to social change.
- Students will be able to state a specific perspective that is thoughtful, recognizes complexities, and acknowledges limitations in relationship to social inequality to social change.
- Students will be able to determine the intersectional dynamics of inequality, social change and their significance for the study of sociology.
- Students will be able to theorize the roots and origins of social inequality in the U.S. and contemporary world societies.
- Students will be able to deliberate on individual versus structural and institutional determinants and responsibilities regarding social inequality and social change.
- Students will be able to evaluate real world cases and experiences pertaining to inequality and social change.
- Students will be able to outline how individuals may be able to participate in their family, community, country, and/or the world on issues pertaining to inequality and social change.
- Students will be able to articulate insights about one’s own cultural rules and biases that reflect cultural self-awareness.
- Students will be able to interpret intercultural experience from their own and others’ worldview and to act in a supportive manner that recognizes the feelings of another cultural group.
- Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
- Students will be able to evaluate important policy considerations regarding inequality and social change and their implications using the tools of sociology.
- Students will be able to explain how sociology contributes to becoming an informed citizen on issues of social inequality and social change.
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