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Lessons in Stratification: "Scarce Resources - Who Should Receive Them?"
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Jenkins, Carol. 2020. “Quot”;. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, July. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Sociologists who analyze stratification processes tend to explore the following questions: (1) what is "stratification"? (2) what variables tend to influence a person’s placement in the stratification system of a given social context, region, or society? (3) how does social stratification affect individuals and groups within any given social context,...

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Subject Area(s):
Teaching and Learning in Sociology
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity
Class Level(s):
Any Level
Class Size(s):

Usage Notes

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ESTIMATED TIME: 50 minutes (introduction, exercise, analysis, assessment)


Ø a medium (whiteboard, overhead, power point slide) to list a student generated "Criteria Grid for Decision-Making"
Ø a medium (overhead, power point slide) to identify and...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Goal 1: Strengthen understanding of discipline-specific knowledge and theoretical frameworksObjective 1: distinguish social differentiation and social stratification.Objective 2: compare and contrast theoretical frameworks
  2. Goal 2: Strengthen higher order reasoning skillsObjective 2: apply stratification processes to a "hypothetical" case study.
  3. Goal 3: Strengthen problem solving skillsObjective 3: analyze how a persistent "ideology of inequality" continues as a major reason why strat systems survive; demonstrate how strat remains a form of systemic inequality built into the social structure

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Assessment 1: complete embedded test questions. (minimum 70th percentile).
  2. Assessment 2: develop a hypothetical "Criteria Grid for Decision-Making".
  3. Assessment 3: complete embedded reflection questions (minimum 70th percentile)

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