PLEASE NOTE: A set of "LEARNING OBJECTIVES"
for this course have been developed since the Syllabus was posted.
Please see these listed below. Also see the notices on deadlines for
syllabus is available at:
This syllabus has been updated as of 1/5/13. Please do not use
any information obtained prior to that date. Also, further updates
may be posted as they become available.
PLEASE NOTE: We are fortunate to have a
has agreed to work with our class. Her name is Jennifer Lawson. She will be
attending all classes & will be available to aassist you with problems She will
also be presenting some class lectures. Her contact information is as follows;
NOTE: THIS SYLLABUS HAS BEEN UP-DATED FOR THE WINTER, 2013, TERM,
Social Inequality. Cr 4. Analysis of
inequalities in society due to race, gender, cultural differences. Focus on how inequality
is maintained, the experience of discrimination, and their impact on society and
institutions (economy, government, religion, family).
Specifically, the course will focus on the
inequalities which exist within societies, and its
components, including communities, organizations, and institutions, such as government, the
economy, religion, and the family. It will examine the nature of discrimination and prejudice
and their impact in all of these areas, with particular emphasis on the U.S.
To understand the structure of society and social institutions; to
understand the nature
of prejudice and discrimination and how they impact on individuals and society; to understand how
and why inequalities, prejudices, and discrimination are developed and maintatined in societies.
- Understand how society and its social institutions are structured.
- Understand what prejudice is and how it operates.
- Understand who discrimination is and how it operates.
- Understand the impact of prejudice and discrimination on individuals and society.
- Understand why inequalities, prejudices, and discrimination exist in society.
- Understand how inequality, prejudices, and discrimination impact upon the many
different groups in society, including persons of different races, nationalities,
genders, gender preferences, different income levels, and other categories
will be 2
exams in this course, a midterm, and a final exam. Both
will be Multiple Choice Exams. The midterm will be given approximately the eighth week;
the final will be given during the regular final exam period.
Each student will also be expected to make a ten minute presentation to
the class about his/her own experiences with inequality or diversity sometime within the term.
Presentations may be based on the student's own individual's experience, or an experience of
someone else whom the student knows, has observed, or been informed about. These
presentations are intended to generate class discussion about the topic and individual
experiences with inequality and diversity.
CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUES: Please note that ALL students must
observe the confidentiality
of the persons about whom they will speak. This means that students will NEVER provide
specific identifying information about anyone: NO names, addresses, specific occupations, work
or school identification, etc. All persons described will be anonymous. If you choose to speak
about yourself, you are free to identify yourself if you wish, as long as this does not identify anyone
else (such as parents or other relatives). Alternatively, you may also disguise your own identity.
We will begin presentation around the third week of classes.
Students should NOT put off their
presentations until the end of the term, as we may not have time for all presentations if this occurs.
There are 4 requirements in this class:
2 Exams: Midterm & Final
1 Term Paper (See Below)
1 Class Presentation (See Below)
PLEASE NOTE: It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to complete the
assignments and turn them
in at the appropriate time. For the class presentation, it is your responsibility to see the Teaching
Assistant to schedule your time to present to the class. The Term Paper is due on Wed., 3/20/13,
the class following the Spring Break. Points will be taken off for late papers.
EXAMS: Both exams will be Multiple Choice exams.
Students should be sure
to bring a green
SCANTRON sheet to the exams.
TERM PAPER REQUIREMENT:
An 3-4 page paper is also required, due the class following the spring break (3/20/13).
This is a modified/simplified version of the term paper I normally require in my classes. It has
been my experience that students in this class are not prepared to write the usual term paper
(8-10 pages). This shortened version will provide you the opportunity to get somepractice
writing the longer papers you are likely to be required to write in more advanced classes.
paper, you are required to locate and read 3 articles
on a topic related to Social Inequality,
as we are defining it and discussing it in this class.
PAPER DEADLINE: The Term paper is due at the class on
3/20/13. This is the class
following the spring break. Points WILL be taken off for late papers.
TOPICS: Here are a few ssuggested topics for the paper:
How "Tracking" May Lead to Inequality in the Educational System
Gender Inequality in Education
Gender Inequality in the Workplace
Wage Inequality and its Influence on Social Mobility
Race and Employment Discrimination
Race and Residential Segregation
Income Related Inequality in Healthcare
Race Related Inequality in Healthcare
Salary/Earnings Inequality Among Young Adults
Division of Labor in the Household
There are many,. many more!
futher suggestions as to appropriate topics, you can see the
various topics for the lectures,
as well as the chapter topics in the text book. We will also spend some time in the class
discussing appropriate term paper topics.
have selected a topic, you should get onto the WSU Library web site,
and search some
of the appropriate research oriented web sites (such as JSTOR), to locate the 3 articles on this
topic on which you will base your term paper.
term paper, you should briefly describe the information you learned in
the articles, and provide
a brief comparison of their views on this topic.
NOTE THAT THE PAPER MUST BE BASED UPON RESEARCH ARTICLES
OBTAINED FROM RESEARCH JOURNALS IN SOCIOLOGY. They are NOT to be obtained
from popular sources, such as the newspaper or magazines (Time or Newsweek). They are
DEFINITELY NOT TO BE OBTAINED FROM ANY WEB SITES!
see the separate outline entitled "Guidance
in Wriring Term Papers for Sociology Students"
for further information.
NOTE: The "Optional Paper Assignment" described there is NOT available for this class. Additional
details on the term paper will be discussed in class. Neither is the option to use SOME popular
magazines or web sites.
I prefer NOT to receive papers by email. Too many problems are
are a wide variety of different word processing programs available; downloading and printing papers
for an entire class ties up my computer for several hours; and strange errors can occur in transmission.
Consequently: please hand me a hard copy; place it in my mailbox on campus; or mail it to me at the
Each student will be expected to make a 5 minute presentation to the class about some
experience s/he has had with inequality of some type (race, ethnic, gender, religious,
etc.) This presentation simply focuses on your individual personal esperience. It does
not require that you do any additional research.
INFORMATION ON DEADLINES:
All students should be aware that the University has introduced some
changes in the deadlines for
adding and withdrawing from classes. All students should take these into account, or you may not
be able to add or withdraw from a class as you wish.
ADDING A CLASS: Students are now required to add classes PRIOR to the end of the 1st week
of classes (NOT the 2nd week as before).
WITHDRAWAL FROM A CLASS: Students must now apply for withdrawal from a class no later
than the 10th week of the term (NOT the 14th week, as in previous years).
Please make certain to oobserve these deadlines, or you will not be permitted to carry through on
PLEASE NOTE: These are UNIVERSITY requirements, not faculty or departmental requirements.
Instructors cannot intervene should you not make the deadlines.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
If you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, you will need to register with
Student Disability Services for coordination of your academic accommodations. The Student Disability
Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student
Academic Success Services department. SDS telephone number is 313-577-1851 or 313-577-3365
(TDD only). Once you have your accommodations in place, I will be glad to meet with you privately
during my office hours to discuss your special needs. Student Disability Servicesâ€™ mission is to assist
the university in creating an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal
opportunity to fully participate in their educational experience at Wayne State University."
refer to the SDS website for further information about students with
disabilities and the
services we provide for faculty and students: http://studentdisability.wayne.edu/
TEXTBOOK: The textbook cited in the list of topics is:
Tracy E. Ore, Ed. The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race,
Class, Gender, and Sexuality. 5th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
READING MATERIALS: Additional materials will be taken
from the books listed below. They are not required reading, but will be
sources for classroom lectures. Students may find it useful to consult them
in the event you miss a class or have difficulty understanding the lecture.
Vincent N. Parillo. Strangers to These Shores.
8th Ed. Boston: Pearson, 2006.
Mary C. Sengstock. Voices
of Diversity. New York: Springer, 2009.
All 3 of these books will be placed on special reserve in the
NOTE: Starred Items (*) are required reading. Others are
the basis for lectures and are optional readings.
||PART I: Theories &
Research on Inequality
Theories & Construction of Inequality;
Prejudice & Discrimination;
Methods of Studying Inequality
|*Ore, Part, I
Parillo, Chap. 2, 3, 4
||PART II: History of
Inequality in U.S.
Pre-20th Century & 20th Century
Sengstock, Chap. 1,
||PART IIIa: Inequality in
20th & 21st Century America:
Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans
Parillo, Chap 10, 11, 7
||PART IIIb: Inequality in
20th & 21st Century America:
Relatively New Target Groups:
East & Southeast Asians
Other Asians & Middle Easterners
Gender as a Minority Category
Parillo, Chap. 8
Parillo, Chap. 9
Parillo, Chap. 12
Parillo, Chap. 13
||See NOTE 1
||PART IV: Influence of
Social Institutions on Inequality
Family & Education
Work & Economy
State & Public Institutions
Media, Language, Culture
*Ore, Part II (17-25)
Sengstock, Chap. 7
*Ore, Part II (26-29)
*Ore, Part II (30-34. 43-46)
*Ore, Part II (35-42)
||PART V: Individual
Experiences of Inequality
||*Ore, Part III
Sengstock, Chap. 4,5,6
||PART VI: Conclusion:
Resistance & Change
||*Ore, Part IV
|15 (see Class Schedule 4/24/13)||Final Exam
||See NOTE 2
NOTE 1: The Mid-term
Exam will cover
Part I: Introductory material on types and patterns of
social inequality; the methods for research in the area;
Part II: History of Inequality in U.S. (pre-20th Century); Part IIIa, b (Inequality in 20th & 21st Century America).
Text Chapters include Part I of Ore. Lectures will cover readings from Parillo (Chap. 2,3,4,7,8,9,10,11,12,13) & Sengstock (Chap. 1,2).
NOTE 2: The Final Exam will cover Part IIIb (Inequality in 20th & 21st Cantury America); Part IV (Influence of Social Institutions on Inequality);
Part V (Individual Experiences of Inequality); and Part VI (Conclusion: Resistance Change).
Text Chapters include Parts II, III, & IV of Ore. Lectures will cover readings from Parillo (Chap. 8, 9, 12, 13), & Sengstock, Chap. 4, 5, 6).