Sociology Studies: Social Inequality - Free Online course | Alison

Sociology Studies - Social Inequality - Revised

Gain a better understanding of social stratification and its effects on modern societies, with this free online course.

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This free online sociology course will teach you about social inequality. Social stratification refers to a division of a society's people based on factors such as wealth, income, occupation, age, race, education, gender, and power. With this course, you will have an understanding of inequality in society and how these inequalities came about. You will also study open and closed stratification systems as well as the caste and class systems.





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This free sociology course will first discuss the meaning of social stratification. You will study the different sociological models of global stratification and learn how it can help identify worldwide inequalities. You will then examine theoretical perspectives on social stratification and learn how different classification systems have developed. The course will also discuss the World Bank’s classification of economies and the economic situation of some of the world’s most impoverished areas. You will then study modernization and dependency theory perspectives on global stratification.

Next, the course will cover the difference between race and ethnicity and between sex and gender. You will also learn about stereotypes including prejudice, discrimination, and racism. The course will also discuss gender identity including transgender, transsexual, and homosexual identities. You will look into the role of homophobia and heterosexism in society, the influence of socialization on gender roles in the United States, and sexual inequality in various societies. Finally, you will study the concept of universal access to education and be guided through the Theoretical Perspectives on Education.

We live in a world where resources are unequally distributed among individuals and groups based on their position in a social hierarchy. This Sociology Studies - Social Inequality course is designed to teach you in a clear and simple manner about inequality in society and how it can cause problems for particular groups. By the end of the course, you will have a much stronger perspective on how inequality affects one's life chances, lifestyle, and prestige, and even their health. This is powerful, and meaningful, knowledge, and all for free.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between open and closed stratification systems;
  • Distinguish between caste and class systems;
  • Describe different sociological models for understanding global stratification;
  • Describe how studies of global stratification identify worldwide inequalities;
  • Describe the differences between relative, absolute, and subjective poverty;
  • Describe the economic situation of some of the world &most impoverished areas;
  • Define a majority group and a minority group;
  • Explain the difference between stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and racism;
  • Identify different types of discrimination;
  • Define and discuss what is meant by gender identity;
  • Discuss the role of homophobia and heterosexism in society;


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