SES & Class Issues: Course Overview

Special Topics in Sociology: SES & Class Issues

We will be exploring the history of Socioeconomic Status in the United States, especially as it relates to the roots of today's social class structure. We will use qualitative factors to navigate the issue of the USA as a stratified society despite the constitutional goals of equality. We we discuss the 5 determinants of SES and so much more!

This course Socioeconomic Status and Class Issues has 6 modules:

  1. SES: 5 Determinants
  2. Socialization & Class Identity
  3. Systemic Inequality
  4. Repressive Disposition & Zero Sum Paradigm
  5. Deficit Ideology
  6. Equity Oriented Practice
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Course Objectives

By the end of this course, given that you engaged with the learning materials and assignments, you should be able to:

  1. Explain how and why the stratification of SES reflects larger societal values
  2. Discuss how issues of SES influences class issues and experiences within society.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the 5 determinants of SES.
  4. Evaluate opinions, outcomes, and human behavior related to socialization of SES identities.
  5. Compare and contrast a Repressive Disposition with an Equity Oriented Practice.
  6. Describe ways to avoid Deficit Ideology and Zero Sum Paradigm.

Teaching Methods

I believe in project based learning, team work and personal development. Therefore, this course will emphasize:

  1. Group learning discussion board and projects.
  2. Team Annotated Bibliography.
  3. Creation of web based learning materials.


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