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Case Studies in Social Inequality

This course will provide an overview of sociological theories and research on social inequality in Canada, with an emphasis on critical/conflict, interactionist, and intersectional approaches. After reviewing some major theories of class, gender, racial/ethnic, and age/generational inequality, we will examine how these cross-cutting forms of inequality play out in various domains of Canadian social life, including family, work, education, health, and politics. Throughout the course, the settler-colonial foundations of Canada, and the perennial tensions between social structure and human agency, will be emphasized. We will also consider approaches to reducing structural inequities and pursuing social justice.

SOCIOL 2RR3

Case Studies in Social Inequality

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): II Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes

This course will provide an overview of sociological theories and research on social inequality in Canada, with an emphasis on critical/conflict, interactionist, and intersectional approaches. After reviewing some major theories of class, gender, racial/ethnic, and age/generational inequality, we will examine how these cross-cutting forms of inequality play out in various domains of Canadian social life, including family, work, education, health, and politics. Throughout the course, the settler-colonial foundations of Canada, and the perennial tensions between social structure and human agency, will be emphasized. We will also consider approaches to reducing structural inequities and pursuing social justice.


Jeffrey Denis

Associate Professor