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SOCI214 - Stratification and Inequality

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI214 Course ID: 4782 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will critically examine the causes, processes and patterns of social inequality in society. Social stratification explores inequality through the lens of social class, gender, race-ethnicity, sexuality, age, and wellness. Students will use sociological theory and applied research to explore the various ways hierarchies are produced and maintained among people within the social structures such as the economy, religion, education, and family in the United States. Students will also consider the impact of globalization on the distribution of power and access to resources in the United States.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successful completion of SOCI214 students will be able to:

CO1: Describe stratification hierarchies in the U.S.

CO2: Compare and contrast theoretical explanations for social stratification

CO3: Examine the processes that maintain social inequality

CO4: Deconstruct the impact of globalization on social stratification in the U.S.

CO5: Evaluate solutions for social inequality

NameGrade %
Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment One: Presentation - Dominant-Minority Relations (Due Week 4) 30.00 %
Assignment Two: Final Paper - Waves of Immigration (Due Week 6) 30.00 %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.67 %
Week 2 Forum 6.67 %
Week 3 Forum 6.67 %
Week 5 Forum 6.67 %
Week 7 Forum 6.67 %
Week 8 Forum 6.67 %

Note that in this course, we use open educational resources. This means that all the readings and materials are free and accessible through links provided in the classroom. These links can be found in the Lessons area.

Some of our readings are drawn from these textbooks - here are the APA formatted references for those, and links, for your information. Note - you need to be logged in to the APUS main portal in order for some links to work:

Berger, M. T., & Guidroz, K. (Eds.). (2010). Intersectional approach : transforming the academy through race, class, and gender. Retrieved from


Fitzgerald, K. J. (2014). Recognizing race and ethnicity : power, privilege, and inequality. Retrieved from


Book Title:Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege, and Inequality - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section. Hard copy not available from the bookstore, please try other sources.
Author:Fitzgerald, Kathleen
Unit Cost:$32.79
Book Title:The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy through Race, Class, and Gender - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author:Berger, Michele
Unit Cost:$38.61

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.