SoSe 15: The Social Structure of European Societies
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Credit: Passing a written exam (90 minutes) is part of the active participation.
This course is designed to present an overview of similarities and differences in the social structure of EU countries. The focus will be on contemporary social structures within national societies. ... read more
This course is designed to present an overview of similarities and differences in the social structure of EU countries. The focus will be on contemporary social structures within national societies. However, given the longevity of social cleavages, the lectures often link contemporary features to long - lasting cleavage structures in Europe. The course is structured into three major blocks: The introductory block starts with an intense discussion of major concepts of social stratification. A selection of classical and modern approaches will be presented and discussed in class. The second block focuses on selected dimensions of the social structure, such as demographic development, household and family structures, educational systems, or the structure of the labour force. The third block presents empirical evidence of the most salient forms of social inequality inherent within and between European societies, such poverty and material deprivation, gender inequalities, or ethnic inequalities. The last session in the semester is devoted to the question whether we experience a trend towards a unified European society. close
Basic Reading: Steffen Mau/Roland Verwiebe (2010): European Societies. Mapping Structure and Change. Bristol: The Policy Press.