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Social stratification and the life course

Stratification sociale et parcours de vie

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Daniel Oesch

Validity: 2018 ->

Course Timetable (Weekly)

Date Location Notice Topics Lecturer(s)
2020/2021 : Thursday 10:15-12:00 (Weekly) Anthropole/2106     Jad Moawad, Daniel Oesch

Course

Autumn semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester
Weekly
Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 3.00

Objective

At the end of the course, students should be able to
- apply the main concepts of social stratification analysis
- identify key moments in the construction of inequalities over the life course
- identify the social policy tools that affect the life course
- summarize the steps that lead from class inequalities to political action
- explain how social origin influences social destination at key moments in the life course

Content

This course seeks to shed light on how inequalities between groups of individuals are constructed and reproduced in European societies. It is structured in three parts:
- The first part compares different ways of representing social stratification: which concepts make it possible to understand and measure the inequalities produced on the labour market? How to represent social stratification in Europe and Switzerland today?
- A second part analyses social inequalities from a life-course perspective. The aim is to identify the key moments in the growth of inequalities - and their reinforcement: during early childhood, schooling, entry into the labour market or during professional careers?
- A third and final part examines the transition from structural inequalities to political action. The aim is on the one hand to analyse class voting and on the other hand to examine the integration of different classes into institutions such as the social state and the trade union movement.

The organization of education
For each of the three parts of the course, the teacher presents the subject over several sessions. The last session of each part is used to review and resolve a practical problem, with the goal of having students apply the course concepts to a concrete question. This interactive session serves to deepen the main concepts and aims to help students take ownership of the material. Similarly, it will be possible to ask questions related to the readings that complement the material discussed during the course (see below).

Evaluation

The assessment consists of a 2-hour written exam without documents and will take place during the exam session in January/February 2020. The exam is about the course and the readings. There will be two questions. The purpose of the examination is to assess learning in terms of the objectives listed above.

As for the readings, the course offers two optional QMC tests that allow the students to obtain a bonus for the final exam. A first distance test will take place on 22. 10. 2020 (on the first part of the readings) and a second distance test on 10. 12. 2020 (on the second part of the readings).

Bibliography

Le texte principal (un livre de 120 pages) : Esping-Andersen, G. (2008). Trois leçons sur l'État-providence, Paris : Seuil, pages 18-134. 10 textes courts (articles de 4 à 12 pages) : Erikson, R. et Goldthorpe, J. (1992). The Constant Flux. A Study of Class Mobility in Industrial Societies. Clarendon Press, Oxford, pages 35-43. Esping-Andersen, G. (2017). Education, gender revolution, and fertility recovery. Vienna yearbook of population research, 15, 55-59. Felouzis, G. (2014). Les inégalités scolaires, PUF, Chap.5 : Comment se contruisent les inégalités scolaires, pages 68-80. Fougère, D. (2016). « Le plus tôt est-il le mieux? Les effets des dispositifs d'accueil et d'éveil des jeunes enfants sur leur développement cognitif et non cognitif. » Informations sociales 1, pages 76-85. Heckman, J. (2006). "Skill Formation and the Economics of Investing in Disadvantaged Children." Science 312, pages 1900-1902. Mayer, N. (2013). Les effets politiques de la crise: le vote des personnes pauvres et précaires en 2012. Informations sociales, (6), 52-59. Oesch, D. et Murphy, E. (2017). « Pas de polarisation dans la structure de l'emploi en Suisse. » Vie Économique 12, pages 20-23 Palier, B. (2014). « La stratégie d'investissement social. ». Paris, rapport au Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental, pages 19-28. Rennwald, L. et Zimmermann, A. (2016). « Le vote ouvrier en Suisse, 1971-2011. » Social Change in Switzerland 4, www.socialchangeswitzerland.ch, pages 4-10. Schwartz, O. (2009). « Vivons-nous encore dans une société de classes? Trois remarques sur la société française contemporaine. » La Vie des idées 22, pages 1-7.

Additional information

https://moodle.unil.ch/course/view.php?id=17927

Use contextFaculty codeStatusCredits
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Sciences, 2nd part (2019 ->) ›› Parcours de vie et inégalitésOptional3.00
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, 2nd part (2013 ->) ›› Optional Courses Submodule, Social Sciences, Major in Social Sciences, 2nd partOptional3.00
Comp 2p sciences sociales (2013 ->) ›› Enseignements spécifiques en sciences socialesOptional3.00
Complementary Program to the Master in Social Sciences (2008 ->) ›› Complementary Program to the Master in Social SciencesOptional3.00
Minor in Psychology and an introduction to interdisciplinary studies, 2nd part (2011 ->) ›› Free Subjects Module, Minor in Psychology and an introduction to interdisciplinary studies, 2POptional3.00
Minor in Psychology and an introduction to interdisciplinary studies, 2nd part (2011 ->) ›› Social Science Specialisation Submodule, Minor in Psychology and an Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, 2POptional3.00
Minor in Social Sciences for Sports Students, 2nd part (2017 ->) ›› Optional Courses Submodule, Social Sciences Module, Minor in Social Sciences, 2nd partOptional3.00
Minor in Social Sciences, 2nd part (2012 ->) ›› Optional Courses Submodule, Social Sciences Module, Minor in Social Sciences, 2nd partOptional3.00
Minor in Social Sciences, 2nd part (2019 ->) ›› Sous-module Parcours de vie et inégalités, module enseignements thématiques, sciences sociales, 2e partieOptional3.00
(2020 ->) ›› Enseignements de sciences sociales, niveau Bachelor, plan libre en SSP (mobilité, auditeurs, hôtes, externe)Optional3.00
Preparatory Program to the Master in Digital Humanities, Social Sciences (2016 ->) ›› Preparatory Program to the Master in Digital Humanities, Social SciencesOptional3.00
Preparatory Program to the Master in Social Sciences (2006 ->) ›› Preparatory Program to the Master in Social SciencesOptional3.00
Social Sciences (Minor/External Branch), 2nd Part (2012 ->) ›› Optional Courses Submodule, Social Sciences Module, Minor in Social Sciences, 2nd partOptional3.00
Social Sciences (Minor/External Branch), 2nd Part (2017 ->) ›› Optional Courses Submodule, Social Sciences Module, Minor in Social Sciences, 2nd partOptional3.00
Social Sciences (Minor/External Branch), 2nd Part (2019 ->) ›› Sous-module Parcours de vie et inégalités, module enseignements thématiques, sciences sociales, 2e partieOptional3.00
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