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Sociology Studies - Social Inequality Free Course

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  • The free online course Sociology Studies - Social Inequality is the second in a series of online courses that gives the leaner an understanding of inequality in society and how many of these inequalities have come about. The course begins by using the United States as a case study where learners will explore open and closed stratification systems including caste and class systems along with the idea of an ideal system based on merit. You will then look at social stratification globally, looking first at how countries are classified and the cyclical nature of poverty and how this affects the poorest countries. Next, you will explore race, ethnicity and minorities, the prejudices and discrimination that occur and why they persist in a society. You will also learn about gender, gender identity and gender roles and why these are commonly associated with inequality due to historically strong cultural norms. Finally, you will learn about education, how prejudices often persist at an institutional level, and how this impacts on the individual throughout their life. This free course will be of great interest to anyone with an interest in areas as diverse as medicine, politics, law, urban organization, and marketing, and anybody who would like to know more about inequalities within a society.

  • 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’s 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;
    - Identify differences in educational resources around the world;
    - Describe the concept of universal access to education.

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Modules List( 6 )
  • Sociology Studies - Social Inequality Course Resource Documents
  • Module 1: Social Stratification in the United States
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What Is Social Stratification?
    • Social Stratification and Mobility in the United States
    • Global Stratification and Inequality
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Social Stratification
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Global Inequality
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Global Stratification and Classification
    • Global Wealth and Poverty
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Global Stratification
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 3: Inequality in Race and Ethnicity
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Racial, Ethnic, and Minority Groups
    • Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
    • Theories of Race and Ethnicity
    • Intergroup Relationships
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 4: Inequality in Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Difference Between Sex and Gender
    • Gender
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Gender
    • Sex and Sexuality
    • Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Sexuality
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 5: Inequality in Education
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Education around the World
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Education
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 6: Sociology Studies - Social Inequality Assessment
    • Sociology Studies - Social Inequality Assessment
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 1: Social Stratification in the United States
This module explores the different layers in society, such as class or caste. It also explores what affect this has on the individual: either enabling them through privilege and wealth to access a good education and job opportunities, or limiting them through poverty or social restriction to a poorer education and less skilled jobs.
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Module 2: Global Inequality
This module looks at the way countries are classified in terms of wealth and development and how the difference in wealth and resources leads to dependencies between countries that contribute to poverty. It also looks at the different types of poverty experienced in different places.
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Module 3: Inequality in Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity are among the most common causes of inequality globally. This module looks at the roles and behaviours of both dominant and subordinate groups, how stereotyping perpetuates discrimination, what the different types of discrimination are, and the nature of intergroup relationships.
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Module 4: Inequality in Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
This module explores the effect of gender and gender identity on the individual in society. It looks at the differences between socialising and educating males and females and how this can restrict or enable them in life. It also looks at the role of both homophobia and heterosexism in society.
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Module 5: Inequality in Education
This module looks at the differences in educational resources around the world and the resulting impact on individuals. It also considers the role played by both the formal education and informal education within schools.
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Module 6: Sociology Studies - Social Inequality Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Course Features
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    3-4 Hours

  • Publisher

    OpenStax College

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    50 Pts

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