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Selected Topic in Sociology: Art, Culture, and Inequality

This seminar examines how the world of art and popular culture is implicated in reproducing inequality. Topics include the relation between race and genre, gender and artistic legitimacy, as well as class and consumption. Readings are drawn from a variety of fields including cultural sociology, economic sociology, and organizational studies; readings will also reflect multiple methodological approaches to develop students’ literacy of both quantitative and qualitative research. This course is primarily oriented towards students with a strong interest in art and culture, but will also be useful to those interested in meaning-making and the role of culture in race, class, and gender stratification.

SOCIOL 4J03

Selected Topic in Sociology: Art, Culture, and Inequality

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Winter Offered?: No

This seminar examines how the world of art and popular culture is implicated in reproducing inequality. Topics include the relation between race and genre, gender and artistic legitimacy, as well as class and consumption. Readings are drawn from a variety of fields including cultural sociology, economic sociology, and organizational studies; readings will also reflect multiple methodological approaches to develop students’ literacy of both quantitative and qualitative research. This course is primarily oriented towards students with a strong interest in art and culture, but will also be useful to those interested in meaning-making and the role of culture in race, class, and gender stratification.


Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV Honours Sociology SOCIOL 4J03 may be repeated, if on a different topic, to a total of six units.