Singapore University of Social Sciences

Social Stratification

Social Stratification (SOC207)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Social stratification refers to the divisions or hierarchy of layers in society with regard to people’s access to economic and other ‘goods’. An individual’s standing in society is contingent on historical legacies and contemporary conditions. SOC207 Social Stratification will introduce students to the breadth and depth of social stratification and inequality, the processes of social inequality and stratification and the degree of social mobility in historical and contemporary contexts, and the consequences of social inequalities for key aspects of daily life. Students will learn to apply sociological concepts to daily lives and issues of stratification and inequality.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Introduction
  • Stratification and inequality across space and time
  • Theoretical underpinnings and critique (1)
  • Theoretical underpinnings and critique (2)
  • Racial and ethnic stratification
  • Migrant workers
  • Intergenerational mobility
  • Parenting, class, and culture
  • Top incomes and wealth
  • Precarious work and worker insecurity
  • Consequences of inequality
  • What can be done

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the major concepts and theories of stratification
  • Analyse the various manifestations of inequality in society
  • Examine how class stratification intersects with other social divisions
  • Apply concepts and knowledge of stratification to case study material and daily life
  • Demonstrate skills in analytical thinking and written and spoken expression
  • Assess the consequences of inequality in society
  • Review solutions to key social challenges related to social stratification and inequality
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