Myth Busters: Power, Privilege, and Prestige

The course will identify various myths and assumptions that circulate around race, class, and gender. Myths typically associated with a misunderstanding of the intersection between the lived experience of the individual and the larger social, political, and economic institutional contexts. We will explore some of the fundamental concepts and major theoretical issues involving social class and power. Topics include socio-economic inequality, class-consciousness, power and privilege, social mobility, and the place of race and gender.  Ultimately we are left asking the question what is the basis of social order and how is society possible? (Charon, 2007)

The “lived” experience of individuals will be examined through film and social media analysis, as well as field trips to Old North St Louis, Alton/Hunters Town neighborhood (food desert), and community revitalization site in Chicago.  Academic understanding of social stratification will be achieved through the examination of various theories and demographic analysis of the occupation, education, and income structure in America, as well as global inequality using the CIA Fact Book, the World Bank, and United Nations, and Demographic and Health Survey.

A primary project for the class will focus on the opening of a neighborhood grocery store in a USDA designated food desert in Hunters Town.  This will involve both working in the store, serving on committees, interacting with local producers and community supported agriculture, Alton city officials, and citizen activists.

SOAN 180 1207 Social Stratification – Dr. Jackie Burns

Explores some of the fundamental concepts and major theoretical issues involving social class and power at a global level.  Topics include socio-economic inequality, class-consciousness, power and privilege, social mobility, and the place of race and gender.

GEN 101 – Integrated Learning Course

In the Integrated Learning course you will develop skills to help you succeed in college and beyond, including personal organization, working with others, and oral and written communications.

SOAN 180-MB  Social Stratification         (GESS) M W F  9am-9:50am OWL 104
GEN 101-MB Integrated learning Course             M W F  10am – 10:50am  OWL 104