S S 301 • Honors Social Science: Sociology
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
This course surveys the sociological literature on social stratification and inequality. The basic sociological perspective is concerned with understanding how social institutions and cultural factors affect the distribution of scarce resources and rewards. Our objective is not to promote any particular political viewpoint, but to better understand the different theories, approaches, and empirical findings about social inequality. Readings will refer to a variety of relevant issues and topics including both theoretical and empirical research.
About the Professor Arthur Sakamoto is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology as well as a research affiliate with the Population Research Center and the Center for Asian American Studies. He obtained his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He teaches courses on statistics, social stratification, and Asian American Studies. Currently he serves on the editorial board for Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. His hobbies include soccer, coin collecting, chess and playing the violin.
There will be two in-class exams, one take-home exam, two homework assignments, and a final exam. Each homework assignment is worth 25 points. Each in-class exam is worth 100 points. The take-home exam is worth 100 points. The final exam is worth 150 points. Final course grades will be determined according to the following scale: A 500-450; B 449-400; C 399-350; D 349-300; F 299-0. At the end of the course I will assign up to five extra bonus points to a student if he or she had good class participation. I will not give any bonus points to persons who said nothing constructive during the entire semester. A student cannot have good class participation if he or she has poor class attendance.
David B. Grusky, ed., Social Stratification: Class, Race and Gender in Sociological Perspective (2nd edition) Harold R. Kerbo, Social Stratification and Inequality (5th edition)