Myth Busters: Power, Privilege, and Prestige

The course will identify various myths and assumptions that circulate around race, class, and gender. Myths are 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 St. Louis and vicinity to identify best practice models that address a community's most pressing social problems: poverty, hunger, and homelessness. 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, the United Nations, and the Demographic and Health Survey.

1099 SOAN 180 Social Stratification—Dr. Jackie Burns

Explore 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.

1035 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)   3SH   M W F  9–9:50 a.m. 
GEN 101-MB     Integrated Learning Course  3SH   M W F  10–10:50 a.m.