This course examines inequality in American society with an emphasis on race, class, and gender. Lectures emphasize the mechanisms through which inequality develops and comes to be seen as legitimate, natural, and desirable. We will also examine the economic, social, and political consequences of rising inequality. We will place special focus on poverty and inequality in Native North America.
Course covers economic, social, and political causes and consequence of class in America. Topics include: class culture, education, recent social protests, including Occupy and Tea Party, and the 2016 presidential election. Emphasizes ways that social class shapes the background and experiences of current Northwestern students and what their future will hold.
Quotes From Students
“This course was a lesson in critical thinking and opening your eyes.”
“This course should be a requirement for attending Northwestern, or being a human in America.”
“BEST CLASS I’VE TAKEN SO FAR AT NU!”
“Beth is my favorite woman ever and her dog is even more incredible.”
“You walk out actually knowing things about the world.”
“FAVE PROF OF ALL TIME.”
“It really changed my perception of the world.”
“Engaging, honest, knowledgeable, relatable, clear, concise, communicative, smart, structures class well so we learn most we can, challenges class to engage with material.”
“INCREDIBLE WOMAN STUNNING STUNNING STUFF”
“Prof. Red Bird sometimes had trouble getting technology to work but honestly it was quite funny so I wasn’t complaining.”
The course explores the modern social world and current economic, political and social debates. Students will use the foundations of social theory to analyze, discuss, and write well-reasoned arguments addressing large societal changes happening today. Essentially, students will learn to think like sociologists. Topics may include: the problem of social order and the nature of social conflict; capitalism and bureaucracy; the relationship between social structure and politics; the social sources of religion and political ideology; and the evolution of modern societies. (required department course).
Course covers economic, social, and political causes and consequences of class in America. Topics include: class culture; education; recent social protests, including Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party; and the 2012 presidential election. Emphasizes ways that social class shapes the background and experiences of current Stanford students and what their future will hold. (Fall 2014; instructor-designed course).
Course covers economic, social, and political consequences of the recession. Topics Include: inequality; job prospects for college graduates; marriage/divorce; immigration; the 2012 presidential election; and modern populist movements. (Stanford Summer 2012 and Fall 2013; instructor-designed course).