Stratification Outline by bNBlFF


									SOCI 403                       Social Stratification                           Fall 2007
Bruce Rankin
Department of Sociology
Office: Social Sciences 255
Tel: 338-1517

Class Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 15:30-16:45 CAS B07
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 14:00-15:00 or by appointment

Course Description
Stratification and inequality are basic features of all human societies that condition nearly all
social processes and outcomes. Explaining inequality, its causes and consequences, occupies
the foreground of sociology and was a central concern of classical sociological thinkers. As
such, the study of social stratification is often considered to be at the heart of sociology. This
course is designed to introduce students to various topics related to the origin, structure, and
dynamics of stratification systems in contemporary societies and in the global system,
beginning with an exploration of the major classical and contemporary approaches to
understanding social inequality. A key focus will be on the critical aspects of class, gender,
and race and their interplay.

Course Requirements
Students are required to attend class, participate in class discussions, complete in-class and
take-home writing assignments, and take two exams (a midterm and a final exam). Class
attendance is important because lectures will include material not covered in the readings.
Students should come to class having completed the assigned reading for that week and
prepared to discuss the material. Sometimes you will be required to write short in-class essays
concerning that day’s reading assignment. You are also required to write three short papers
based on your responses to the assigned readings (see details below). You will get credit for
class participation through attendance and by asking or answering questions or commenting
on issues that are raised during class. Another way is to bring to class an article from the
newspaper or something you saw on TV or on the internet that relates to the topic of
stratification. Students are expected to be on time for class and to turn off their cell phones
before they enter the classroom.

More on Response Papers
A response paper is a two-page double-spaced typewritten response to that week’s assigned
readings. A good response paper will include: 1) a very brief discussion of the main points or
arguments, 2) your critical evaluation of the readings, and 3) at least two relevant questions
that you would like to see discussed in class. You are required to submit three response papers
during the semester. A list of randomly assigned readings will be provided in the first week.
Response papers are to be turned in by 5pm on the Monday of the week that those readings
are discussed.

Students will be evaluated on their class participation, in-class essays, response papers, and
midterm and final exams. No make-up exams will be allowed unless an unambiguous medical
report is presented. Note that make-up exams are designed to be more difficult than the
standard exam. The final grade for the course will be calculated based on following

       10% class participation
       10% in-class essays
       20% response papers
       30% midterm exam
       30% final exam

NOTE: Please make sure that you are familiar with the University Academic Regulations and
the Regulations for Student Disciplinary Matters, particularly those related to academic
honesty. Cheating, plagiarism, and collusion are serious offences resulting in an F grade and
disciplinary action.

Course Outline and Readings

Week 1 (Sept. 18 & Sept. 20): Course overview and personal reflections

   No readings

Week 2 (Sept. 25 & 27): Introduction and History of Stratification

   Rossides, Daniel W. 1997. “An Introduction to Stratification Analysis”, pp. 1-20 in Social

   Rothman, Robert A. 1993. “Types of Stratification Systems”, pp. 37-52 in Inequality and

Week 3 (Oct. 2 & 4): Forms and Sources of Stratification

   Davis, Kingsley and Wilbur E. Moore, “Some Principles of Stratification”; Melvin Tumin,
   “The Dysfunctions of Stratification”; Gerhard Lenski, “New Light on Old Issues: The
   Relevance of “Really Existing Socialist Societies” for Stratification Theory”, pp. 39-61 in
   David Grusky (ed.) (1994) Social Stratification.

Week 4 (Oct. 9): Class/Status Theory I: Marx and Post-Marxists

   Marx, Karl, “Alienation and Social Classes”, “Classes in Capitalism and Pre-Capitalism”,
   “Ideology and Class”, “Value and Surplus Value”; Ralf Dahrendorf, “Class and Class
   Conflict in Industrial Society”; Erik Olin Wright, “Varieties of Marxist Conceptions of
   Class Structure”, pp. 65-98 in David Grusky (ed.) (1994) Social Stratification.

   No Class--Seker Bayram (Oct. 11)

Week 5 (Oct. 16 & 18): Class/Status Theory II: Weber and Post-Weberians

   Weber, Max, “Class, Status, Party”, “Status Groups and Classes”, “Open and Closed
   Relationships”, “The Rationalization of Education and Training”; Anthony Giddens, “The
   Class Structure of the Advanced Societies”, pp. 113-140 in David Grusky (ed.) (1994)
   Social Stratification.

Week 6 (Oct. 23 & Oct. 25): Recent Theories of Inequality

   Hurst, Charles E. 1998. “Modern Explanations of Inequality”, pp. 89-112 in Social

Week 7 (Oct. 30 & Nov. 1):

   REVIEW (Oct. 30)

   MIDTERM (Nov. 1)

Week 8 (Nov. 6 & 8): Ruling Class/Elite Theory

   Mills, C. Wright, “The Power Elite”, pp. 161-170 in David Grusky (ed.) (1994) Social

   Brooks, David. 2000. “The Rise of the Educated Elite”, pp. 13-53 in Bobos in Paradise:
   The New Upper-Class and How They Got There."

Week 9 (Nov. 13 & 15): Poverty and the Poor

   Kotlowitz, Alex. 1991. There Are No Children Here, preface and pp. 3-56.

   Ayse Bugra and Caglar Keyder. 2003. “New Poverty and the Changing Welfare Regime
   of Turkey”. UNDP Report

Week 10 (Nov. 20 & 22): Social Mobility/Status Attainment

   Buchmann, Claudia and Emily Hannum. 2001. “Education and Stratification in
   Developing Countries: A Review of Theories and Research”, Annual Review of Sociology
   27: 77-102.

Week 11 (Nov. 27 & 29): Consequences of Stratification

   Pierre Bourdieu, “Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste”, pp. 404-429 in
   David Grusky (ed.) (1994) Social Stratification.

   Ayata, Sencer. 2002. “The New Middle Class and the Joys of Suburbia”, pp. 25-42 in
   Deniz Kandiyoti and Ayse Saktanber (eds.) Fragments of Culture: The Everyday of
   Modern Turkey.
Week 12 (Dec. 4 & 6): Gender

   Judith Lorber. 2007. “The Social Construction of Gender”, pp. 276-283 in Grusky and
   Szelenyi (eds.) (2007) The Inequality Reader.

   Ecevit, F. Yildiz. 1995. “The Status and Changing Forms of Women’s Labour in the
   Urban Economy” in Sirin Tekeli (ed.) Women in Modern Turkish Society: A Reader.

   Ozyegin, Gul. 2002. “The Doorkeeper, the Maid, and the Tenant: Troubling Encounters in
   the Turkish Urban Landscape”, pp. 43-72 in Deniz Kandiyoti and Ayse Saktanber (eds.)
   Fragments of Culture: The Everyday of Modern Turkey.

Week 13 (Dec. 11 & 13): Race and Ethnicity

   Feagin, Joe R. and Clairece B. Feagin. 1999. “Adaptation and Conflict: Racial and Ethnic
   Relations in Theoretical Perspective”, pp. 30-64 in Race and Ethnic Relations.

   Ahmet Icduygu, David Romano, and Ibrahim Sirkeci. 1999. “The Ethnic Question in an
   Environment of Insecurity: The Kurds in Turkey”, Ethnic and Racial Studies 22(6): 991-

Week 14 (Dec. 18): Global Inequalities

   Bradshaw, York and Michael Wallace. 1996. “Constructing a Model of Global
   Inequalities”, pp. 39-57 in Global Inequalities.

   No Class--Seker Bayram (Dec. 20)

Week 15 (Dec. 25 & 27): Wrap-up & Final Exam Review

REVIEW (Dec. 27)

FINAL EXAM: Week of Jan. 3-15

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