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

Fall 2006

SOC 396l • 10-Stratification and Social Mobility

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47735 W
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
BUR 214

Course Description

This seminar provides an overview of the sociological literature on social stratification, mobility, and inequality. A variety of topics from this field will be considered, but some emphasis will be placed on labor market sociology. We will read both theoretical and empirical work, but students are expected to be able to read and understand quantitative sociological research at the level of SOC385L or the equivalent. Some of the readings are also related to economic sociology. Issues pertaining to race and gender will necessarily arise when studying social inequality, but we will not focus primarily on these topics as there are other courses that do so. Some of the readings have technical components, but students do not need to follow all of the technical aspects of these readings as we will emphasize their major theoretical and methodological contributions.


Social Stratification, (2001), 2nd edition, edited by David B. Grusky; and reading packet. Additional readings may be accessed electronically via the internet at JSTOR ( and at the course website.


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