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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2007

SOC 329 • Social Stratification

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47680 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
BUR 216

Course Description

This course discusses major sociological approaches to the study of social stratification and inequality. We begin with an examination of the concepts of social stratification social inequality, with an emphasis on the major dimensions of stratification in the U.S. Next we examine the major classical theoretical traditions that form the basis for contemporary class analysis. We then focus on the distribution of income and wealth in the U.S. over the last 50 years and look at recent changes in this distribution and explanations of change. We discuss the major class divisions in the U.S. and examine effects of economic change on each of the major classes, with an emphasis on modern theoretical viewpoints. Next we examine forms and processes of stratification, with a focus on patterns of social mobility and differences in these processes and outcomes by race and gender. A previous course in statistics is highly recommended.


Marger, Martin N., Social Stratification: Patterns and Processes (Third Edition), Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, (2005)
Gilbert, Dennis, The American Class Structure: In an Age of Growing Inequality (Sixth Edition), Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, (2003)
Grusky, David B., and Szonja Szelenyi, Inequality, Boulder: Westview Press, (2006)


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