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Stratification and Social Classes

Code 13127
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery Face to face
Learning outcomes The Stratification and Social Classes curricular unit questions a wide range of problems related to social inequality, making it in the light of the contributions of some of the classic authors of Sociology (Karl Marx, Max Weber), contributions that have continued in recent decades, mainly through works like Ralf Dahrendorf, Pierre Bourdieu or Erik Olin Wright. It will be a matter of having as background all the social change that has so clearly marked modern societies, with particular emphasis on the Portuguese case.
Syllabus 1st part: the problem of stratification and social classes.
The idea of an unequal society and the existence of different theoretical-analytical perspectives and the concept of social mobility.
2nd part: theories of stratification and social classes
a) Functionalism and stratification principles.
b) Max Weber's multi-dimensional perspective
c) Theories of social classes: from Karl Marx to neomarxisms
3rd part: the current debate on stratification, social mobility and social classes (in particular the middle class), with application to the Portuguese case.
Main Bibliography Carvalho Ferreira, J. M. et al. (1995), Sociologia, Lisboa, McGraw-Hill
Batalha, Claudio et al. (2004), Culturas de Classe, São Paulo: Ed. Unicamp.
Estanque, Elísio (2012), A Classe Média: Ascensão e Declínio,Lx FFMS
Pereira, Vergílio et Siblo, Yasmine (2019), Classes Sociales et Politique au Portugal: Pratiques du Métier de Sociologue. Vulaines-sur-Seine, Edition
Silva, M. Carlos (2009), Classes Sociais: condição objectiva, identidade e acção colectiva, V. N. Famalicão: Edições Húmus, Lda.
Velho, Otávio et al. (orgs.), (1979), Estrutura de Classes e Estratificação Social, Rio de Janeiro, Zahar.
Alonso, Rafael Feito (1995), Estructura Social Contemporánea — las clases sociales en los países industrializados, Madrid, Siglo XXI.
Bourdieu, Pierre (1979), La Distinction — critique sociale du jugement, Paris: Minuit.
Dahrendorf, Ralf (1959), Las clases sociales y su conflicto en la sociedad industrial, Madrid, RIALP, 1974.
Wright, E. Olin (1990), The Debate on Classes, Londres, Verso
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Teaching methodologies involve the application of theoretical classes, theoretical-practical classes and oral presentations, where collective debate and critical thinking will be stimulated. The evaluation is made by considering the following components: participation in classes, written test and group work.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-10-21

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