Социальное неравенство - Social Inequality курс по-английски будут вести совместно Christopher Gerry и Даниил Александров Christopher J. Gerry is Senior Lecturer at the University College of London where his research is focused on health, poverty and inequality in Eurasia Даниил Александров – профессор ф-та социологии, заведующий научно-учебной лаборатории социологии образования и заместитель директора НИУ ВШЭ СПб The course will cover a broad range of topics pertinent to understanding social and economic inequality as a major principle of social organization of human societies and central concept in the social sciences. We will start with the standard themes of status, class, race and gender and other structural forms of inequality, and review some basic theories in treating inequality from Karl Marx to current authors. We will also discuss how social and economic inequality is measured, and how poverty can be defined and measured. The course will address many big issues, and together with students we will try to find answers to questions important both theoretically and politically. Here are some questions we will discuss: Are rich individuals and families getting richer in contemporary societies and why? Why many people seem to be living in poverty for several generations, and what are the social mechanisms of poverty traps? What is the influence of inequality and poverty on individual health? Can education alleviate poverty and why poor seems to have educational problems in school? What is global inequality, why some countries are richer than others, and how to measure inequality between the nations? What is the global context of poverty and what the world can do to solve this problem? The course will include lectures by instructors and seminars with discussions based on assigned readings (about 20 pages a week). Students are supposed to participate actively in the seminar discussions, deliver presentations and write a short final essay paper by the end of the course. Instructors will be available outside the classroom for consultations on course work on a weekly basis during their office hours.