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"Social Inequality"

Dr. Mary C. Sengstock, Ph.D., C.C.S 
Sociology Dept.
-- 2237 FAB 
Wayne State University 
Detroit, MI 48202 

313-215-6417 (cell)  (Feel free to leave me a message.)

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Update as of 1/24/14.

This syllabus is available at: 3300.html
This syllabus has been updated as of 1/24/14.  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 TEACHING ASSISTANT who 
has agreed to work with our class.  She probably will not be able to attend 
most classes, but she will be available to assist with term papers and questions 
about the course. 
Her contact information is:
Dr. Jennifer Lawson
313-657-7521 (cell)

This course is offered during the Winter, 2014 term.  The call number is 27479.

MEETING TIME:  The class will meet as follows:   Wednesday, 5:30-9:15.  

PLACE:  1134 Old Main.

NOTE:  COURSE SYLLABUS:  The course syllabus as listed below can always be found 
on my personal web site:  
Then follow the link to the class number or title.  

AS OF JAN. 12, 2014. 

Course Description:   SOC 3300.  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.

Objectives:  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. 

Specific Learning Objectives:  
- 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 
   of society.

Exams: There 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.

Class Presentation:   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.

A 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 some practice 
writing the longer papers you are likely to be required to write in more advanced classes. 

For this 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.  

TERM 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.

have accepted papers my email.  However, this has presented so many problems that I will no
take papers by email  Please make sure to submit the paper in printed format.

SUGGESTED TOPICS:  Here are a few suggested topics for the paper:   
"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 

Gender Socialization
  There are many,. many more!

For further 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.  

Once you 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.  

In the term paper, you should briefly describe the information you learned in the articles, and provide
a brief comparison of their views on this topic.  

from popular sources, such as the newspaper or magazines (Time or Newsweek).  They are 

Please see the separate outline entitled "Guidance in Writing 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.

PLEASE NOTE:  As noted above, I will NOT accept papers by email.  Too many problems are 
involved: there are a wide variety of different word processing programs available; downloading 
and keeping track of 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 address above.

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 experience.  It does
not require that you do any additional research.

Grading System: 
The course requirements will be weighted as indicated below in determining 
the grade, as follows: 

Assignment                   Points

Midterm Exam              50 Pts
Final Exam                    50 Pts

Class Presentation         20 Pts  
Term Paper                   30 Pts
Total                            150 Pts


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 observe these deadlines, or you will not be permitted to carry through on
your requests.  
PLEASE NOTE:  These are UNIVERSITY requirements, not faculty or departmental requirements.
Instructors cannot intervene should you not make the deadlines.

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 Services 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."

Please refer to the SDS website for further information about students with disabilities and the s
services we provide for faculty and students: 

 The textbook cited in the list of topics is:

Tracy E. Ore, Ed. The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, 
Gender, and Sexuality. 6th Ed.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, 2014.
This version of the syllabus reflects the changes in the readings. 

ADDITIONAL 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 Undergraduate Library.

SCHEDULE OF TOPICS:  (Dates are Approximate)

NOTE:  Starred Items (*) are required reading.  Others are the basis for lectures and are optional readings.


SECTION I:  Theories & Research on Inequality
Theories & Construction of Inequality;
Prejudice & Discrimination;
Methods of Studying Inequality
*Ore, TEXT, Part, I (#1-5)
Parillo, Chap. 2, 3, 4
SECTION II:  History of Inequality in U.S.
Pre-20th Century & 20th Century

Sengstock, Chap. 1, 2.
SECTION IIIa:  Inequality in 20th & 21st Century America:
Continuing Inequality:
Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans 

Parillo, Chap 10, 11, 7
6 (2/12/14) MID-TERM See NOTE 1

SECTION IIIb:  Inequality in 20th & 21st Century America:
Relatively New Target Groups:
East & Southeast Asians
Other Asians & Middle Easterners
Religious Minorities
Gender as a Minority Category 
Parillo, Chap. 8
Parillo, Chap. 9
Parillo, Chap. 12
Parillo, Chap. 13
SECTION IV:  Influence of Social Institutions on Inequality
Family & Education 

Work & Economy
State & Public Institutions
Media, Language, Culture

*Ore, TEXT PART II (#16-23)
Sengstock, Chap. 7
*Ore, TEXT PART II (#24-27)
*Ore, TEXT PART II (#28-30)
*Ore, TEXT PART II (#31-41) 
PART V:  Individual Experiences of Inequality

*Ore, TEXT PART III (#42-53)
Sengstock, Chap. 4,5,6
SECTION VI:  Conclusion:  Resistance & Change
*Ore, TEXT PART IV (#54-60)
15 (see Class Schedule 4/23/14) Final Exam
See NOTE 2

NOTE 1: The Mid-term Exam will cover SECTION I:  Introductory material on types and patterns of social inequality; the methods for research in the area; 
SECTION II: History of Inequality in U.S. (pre-20th Century); SECTION 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 SECTION IIIb (Inequality in 20th & 21st Cantury America); SECTION IV (Influence of Social Institutions on Inequality);   SECTION V (Individual Experiences of Inequality); and SECTION 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).

Revised 1/24/14