SOC 216 - Thinking Class: Inequality in Media, Bodies, Environment, and More
Winter 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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According to ideals of American exceptionalism, we live in a classless society. But according to mounting evidence, twenty-first-century America is a class-bound society with historic, widening gulfs—economic, social, educational, & cultural—between upper & lower strata. What does a class look like in America, and beyond? How, where, and by whom is it created & perpetuated, and how does is it play out? Through readings, media, & discussion, this seminar examines class on the ground, in various sites & contexts: media & popular culture; preschool, high school, & university education; the workplace; food, bodies, & health; politics; friendship & sexuality; family & childrearing; rural & urban spaces; the environment. Throughout our discussions & written work we will consider the roles of gender, race, ethnicity, & history. Seminar participants will extend the range of class topics through final Powerpoint presentations.

Course Requirements:

Seminar participation, including attendance; reading-unit report; final presentation.

Intended Audience:

Students interested in the topic. Students pursuing a minor in Social Class and Inequality Studies must take either this class or Soc 242.

Class Format:


SOC 216 - Thinking Class: Inequality in Media, Bodies, Environment, and More
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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