Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.
If [one] wishes to escape from prison, the first thing [one] must do is realize that [one] is in prison; without that realization no escape is possible.
Because of the complexity of stratification, this course focuses primarily on two broad areas: (1) the intersections of race, ethnicity, and class and (2) the dimensions of gender and sexuality. In the last section of the course, we will look at additional dimensions of stratification, how we can address social inequality, and the social policy implications of a stratified society.
- Social Stratification & the Sociological Imagination
- Intersectionality & the Matrix of Privilege and Oppression
- The Social Construction of Reality
- The Social Construction of Sex & Gender
- Controlling Images & the Media
- Gender Expressions and Trans(gressions)
- The Social Construction of Sexuality
- Stigmatization & Queer Identity
- The Social Construction of Race & Ethnicity
- Structural & Cultural Perspectives on Oppression
- White Privilege
- Identity Formation & Race
- Addressing Racial & Ethnic Tensions
- Conflict Theory & Social Inequality
- Ideology, the “Culture of Poverty,” & Blaming the Victim
- Economic Inequality & the Concentration of Wealth
- Empowerment & the Domains of Power