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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Social inequalities: ethnicity, gender and age - JSM047
Title: Social inequalities: ethnicity, gender and age
Czech title: Sociální nerovnosti: etnicita, gender a stáří
Guaranteed by: Department of Sociology (23-KS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2019 to 2020
Semester: summer
Points: 8
E-Credits: 8
Examination process: summer s.:combined
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: 21 / 21 (21)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Guarantor: PhDr. Mgr. Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): PhDr. Mgr. Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková, Ph.D.
Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková, Ph.D. (02.02.2020)
This course focuses on the critical discussion of various approaches to the analysis of social inequalities and key concepts addressed in the research on social stratification. It specifically examines ethnicity, gender and age as significant bases of social inequality in contemporary societies. The course explores processes and mechanism that cause inequal distribution of valued resources and opportunities and examines the mechanisms through which inequality develops and is legitimized. The course focus on the intersectional analysis of (mainly but no only) categories of gender, ethnicity, age to explore the ways in which structural inequality continue to organize human life.
Course completion requirements
Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková, Ph.D. (14.02.2020)


Assessment methods:

1)      Active participation at the seminars

All of our class meetings are organized around group discussion. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the compulsory literature. The success of our course largely dependents upon our collective engagement with the readings. Participation in seminars is compulsory. One absence is tolerated. For more absences, please contact seminar leader.


2)      Oral presentation at seminar (20 minutes long): 15 points

Student will select one of papers assigned as reading for presentation to present at seminar. In the presentation students should: 1) introduce the main argument/findings presented in the paper 2) present their own reflection of the paper/ topic (what they consider as the most interesting, challenging or controversial part of the paper and its argument. What kind of inspiration this particular paper or topic can bring to our understanding of social inequalities…) and 3) state three questions related to the topic of their presentation that will stimulate discussion in class. The thoughtfulness of these question will be part of the assessment of presentation.

Using power point presentation is recommended but nor required.


3)      Written assignment addressing the topic of the presentation: 25 points

Students are required to write a short essay, approx. 4-6 pages long (excluding references) on a topic of their presentation at seminars. The paper that was assigned as reading for the presentation should serve as a starting point for the essay. However, students are expected to include other relevant resources (at least 3) to build their argument.


4)       Final test (A, B, C, D - multiple choice) - based on lectures and compulsory literature: 60 points

To pass the final exam all assignments have to be submitted and accepted.

The organization of seminars will be specified depending on the number of students enrolled in the course.

General course policies

-all information regarding the course as well as reading materials are available in Moodle. All assignment will be submitted via Moodle.

-inform me as soon as possible in case you have any difficulties reading the content of the course or participation at seminars. I understand that emergency situations or unexpected circumstances may happen. If some of these occur or you face any other difficulties regarding the course, let me know as soon as possible. If I’m not informed, I’m not able to look for possible solutions.

-all assignment deadlines are firm. You are allowed to submit your written assignment later. However, for each day that a paper is late, the final grade will be lowered for 3 points. In case your paper does not meet the minimum standard expected for academic paper, you may be asked for revision. In that case the final grade of the paper will be automatically lowered for 10 points.

-all students are responsible to follow the principles of academic integrity. Any form of plagiarism is unacceptable.


Grading System 

91 - 100 points: A

81 -  90 points: B

71 - 80 points: C

61 - 70 points: D

51 - 60 points: E

less than 51 points: F

Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková, Ph.D. (02.02.2020)


Bottero, Wendy. 2004. Stratification: Social division and inequality. London: Routledge.

Lareau, Annette. 2002. „Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families.“ American Sociological Review 67 (5): 747-776.

Ryle, Robin. 2015. Questioning Gender. A Sociological Exploration. London: SAGE



Bourdieu, Pierre. 1984 Distinction. A social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Calasanti, Toni M. & Kathleen F. Slevin. eds. 2016. Age Matters. Realigning Feminist Thinking. New York: Routledge.

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