First module. Lectures will concentrate mainly on industrial societies, focusing on their structure of social inequalities in the school system (i.e. inequality of educational opportunities) and in the labor market. The final part of the course is devoted to group presentation, where students will present, comment and discuss the empirical research on social stratification and mobility in different countries.
Main topics: introduction to sociology (key sociological theories and research methods); overview of social stratification and inequality; basic processes of status attainment and social mobility; sociology of education; inequality of educational opportunities; returns to education; inequality of educational opportunities and social mobility.
Second module. Lectures will concentrate on the main economic models explaining the demand for education (human capital investment theory and signaling), issues related with the supply of education, educational financing, the return to education, and intergenerational mobility. There will also be some lectures devoted to the main statistical methods commonly used in Education and Labor Economics. In the final part of this module students will present in class some papers related to Education and Labor Economics.
First module. Sociology, and statistics for the social sciences.
Second module. Knowledge acquired in undergraduate courses of microeconomics, mathematics, statistics for the social sciences and econometrics is useful.
Materiale di riferimento
- Brint, S. G. (2006). Schools and societies. Stanford University Press.
- Hadjar, A. and Gross, C. (2016), Education systems and inequalities. Policy Press, introduction, chapters 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15, conclusion.
- Bernardi, F., Ballarino, G. (2016), Education, Occupation and Social Origin: A comparative analysis of the transmission of socio-economic inequalities, Edgar Elgar, chapters 1, 9, 15, 16.
- Other compulsory readings will be provided during class (for attending students)
- Wright, E.O. ed. (2005), Approaches to Class Analysis, Cambridge University Press.
- Shavit, Y., & Blossfeld, H. P. (1993). Persistent Inequality: Changing Educational Attainment in Thirteen Countries. Social Inequality Series. Westview Press, 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301-2847.
- Shavit, Y., & Muller, W. (1998). From School to Work. A Comparative Study of Educational Qualifications and Occupational Destinations. Oxford University Press, 2001 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513.
- Daniele Checchi, The Economics of Education. Human Capital, Family Background and Inequality, Cambridge University Press, last edition.
- A list of papers and additional material will be indicated in the ARIEL platform.