Middlebury

SOCI 0240

Inequality & American Dream

Inequality and the American Dream
In this course we will explore sociological attempts to explain who “gets ahead” in the contemporary United States. We will discuss two distinct issues that are often conflated in public discussions: economic inequality and social mobility. We will consider the conceptual and empirical associations between these measures, how each has changed over time, how the United States compares to other countries, and how different social environments (such as colleges, neighborhoods, and families) influence life chances within and across generations. We will also examine the challenges of producing research about these topics, focusing on both theoretical and methodological issues. (formerly SOAN 0240) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Subject:
Sociology
Department:
Sociology
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
AMR NOR SOC
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Fall 2019

SOCI0240A-F19 Lecture (Lawrence)
SOCI0240Y-F19 Discussion (Lawrence)
SOCI0240Z-F19 Discussion (Lawrence)