SO310 Half Unit
The Sociology of Elites
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof Michael Savage STC S210
This course is available on the BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Sociology. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
No specific pre-requisites, but this course is only open to 2nd and 3rd year students in Sociology and other programmes. It is not available as a 1st year option.
In the early 21st century, there is a new fascination with the super-rich, the 1%, the 'elites'. This course therefore aims to expose students to the challenges and excitements of studying this small but very significant social class, using cutting edge research on recent trends as well as important older studies.
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour of seminars in the ST.
Reading Week: Week 6 Lent Term.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.
Formative assessment will be through a 2000 word essay to be handed in on the Monday of Week 7, directly after Reading Week. Students will also be asked to give presentations in seminars, and informal feedback will be given on these.
Piketty, T., (2014), Capital in the 21st Century, Boston, Harvard UP.
Khan, S., (2010), Privilege, Princeton, Princeton UP.
Dorling, D., (2014), Inequality and the 1%, London, Verso.
Savage, M., and Williams, K., (eds) (2008), Remembering Elites, Oxford, Blackwells.
Scott, J., (1982), The Upper Class, Macmillan.
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Total students 2017/18: Unavailable
Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable
Capped 2017/18: No
Value: Half Unit
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