SOC 180   Inequality and Diversity in The United States (3 Hours)

In modern American society, the issue of diversity is increasingly and vigorously debated. Topics like race, gender, class, sexuality are ever-present in the media and in public discourse. But what does the word "diversity" actually mean, and why does it matter? In this course, students will explore issues of inequality and diversity with attention to how power structures shape and reproduce existing systems of stratification. The course will critically examine the historical and social developments in cultural diversity and the challenges of multiculturalism. By understanding the tensions created by the social dynamics of inequality and diversity, students can begin to identify the resulting implications for capitalism and democracy.