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BSOC 1565A - Social Inequalities in Europe

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Social inequalities form a core research object of sociology. Starting from classical theorizations and concepts, this course adopts a multi-dimensional approach to social inequalities and applies it to the comparative study of European societies. Lectures draw on empirical works and outline country differences in occupational structures, educational attainments, cultural practices, social participation and political influence as 'capitals' that form the social bases of inequalities. The course will also discuss the institutional mechanisms by which inequalities are created, reproduced, and buffered. Particular attention is paid to stratification outcomes along gender, cohort and ethnicity lines. In the light of the process of European integration, but also of differentiation stemming from the current economic crisis, the issue of the convergence/divergence of inequalities in Europe shall be ultimately addressed


RECCHI, Ettore (Professor at Sciences Po)

Course validation

Students shall be evaluated on the basis of their participation (30% of final grade), mid-term test (30% of final grade) and a final exam (40% of final grade). The participation grade includes class presentation and discussant activity (20% of final grade) and general participation in the seminar part of the class (10% of final grade). The mid-term and the final exam consist of essay-like questions and multiple choices

Required reading

Mau, S. and Verwiebe, R. (2010) European Societies: Mapping Structure and Change. Bristol:Policy Press.