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KAFP 3365 - Who gets what? Inequality Studies in the Social Sciences

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course provides an overview of research on social inequality in the social sciences. It identifies key concepts and new directions in the study of inequality and describes data and methods that allow inquiring into them. The course offers a conceptual discussion on issues such as social stratification, equal opportunity and social justice and provides theoretical elements to reflect on the mechanisms of production and reproduction of inequality. It takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach in identifying the resources and social categories at stake in inequality research drawing on economics, sociology, political science, social psychology, history, geography, etc. In addition to describing patterns and trends in economic inequalities, the course deals with the specificity of class, gender, age, health, ethnicity/race; discusses spatial, criminal justice, global and intergenerational inequality; and tackles debates regarding the consequences of inequality. We pay attention to inequality policies and politics all through the course and also specifically discuss the perception of inequality and the role of public policies.


  • COSQUER, Claire (ATER à mi-temps)
  • SAFI, Mirna (Chargée de recherche OSC, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Each session will start with a discussion based on the readings followed by a lecture on the session's topic. We will then move to the debate prepared by the students.

Course validation

Oral assignment: organizing a debate on an inequality dimension/policy (40%). Book review (40%). Participation in the course based on the readings (20%).


Readings for each session (2 to 3 articles/chapters).

Required reading

  • Grusky, D. B., M. C. Ku (Eds.) (2008). Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective. Westview Press
  • Hurst, Charles E. 2010. Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences. Allyn & Bacon
  • Manza; Jeff and Micheal Sauder, (Eds.), 2010, Inequality and Society: Social Sciences Perspectives on Social Stratification, Norton
  • Neckerman, Kathryn, 2004, Social Inequality, Russell Sage Foundation
  • Salverda, W, B. Nolan and T. Smeeding (Eds.), 2009 Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality, Oxford University Press