Social Inequality, Stratification and Mobility

A.Y. 2019/2020
Lesson for
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at introducing students to the study of a central topic in social sciences, namely social stratification, inequality and mobility. The main theories explaining stratification and inequality will be reviewed, as well as how inequality shows up in everyday life as concerns its main dimensions (symbolic, economic, related to power) and how it changes over time.
The main goals then are: analyze the social structure as segmented by classes, social status, ethnicity, gender, age; understand how the three fundamental resources (power, prestige and privilege) are distributed among groups and individuals, and how this unequal distribution is legitimated, naturalized and maintained; detect when and how inequality is the outcome of discrimination; examine the social structure as resulting from these processes from both a macro and a micro standing. In addition, students will learn the main approaches to the study of social mobility, ie. how the social structure changes, when analysed in terms of class or strata, designing either an open or a rigidly structured society, in which individuals and groups may move more or less freely within the social structure.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Responsible
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Meraviglia Cinzia
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Syllabus
The course aims at introducing students to the analysis of contemporary forms of social stratification and inequality, and to answer questions such as "how inequality is reproduced?", "is contemporary inequality on the rise, or not?", "how much inequality can we tolerate in our societies?".

The course will go through the main classic and contemporary explanations of social inequality and stratification, as well as the mechanisms through which inequality is reproduced, for example through social mobility (or inheritance) and the inequality of educational opportunity.

We will also consider empirical issues, such as how to operationalize the concepts of classes and strata, how to build different class schemes or gradational measures of social stratification, how to measure social mobility and how to disentagle the role of education in the process of social mobility.

Erasmus and/or foreign students should contact the instructor for further information as well as for the course syllabus. The exam can be studied and taken in English, however the course will be taught in Italian
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
Syllabus
The course aims at introducing students to the analysis of contemporary forms of social stratification and inequality, and to answer questions such as "how inequality is reproduced?", "is contemporary inequality on the rise, or not?", "how much inequality can we tolerate in our societies?".

The course will go through the main classic and contemporary explanations of social inequality and stratification, as well as the mechanisms through which inequality is reproduced, for example through social mobility (or inheritance) and the inequality of educational opportunity.

We will also consider empirical issues, such as how to operationalize the concepts of classes and strata, how to build different class schemes or gradational measures of social stratification, how to measure social mobility and how to disentagle the role of education in the process of social mobility.

Erasmus and/or foreign students should contact the instructor for further information as well as for the course syllabus. The exam can be studied and taken in English, however the course will be taught in Italian
Lesson period
Third trimester
Lesson period
Third trimester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Professor(s)
Reception:
Wednesday and Thursday, 16:30-17:30
room 13, 2nd floor (in the cafeteria building)