Spring 2016

Organizations and Inequality

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-353


Eunmi Mun (Section 01)


This course examines organizational mechanisms of social inequality. For sociologists, life chances of individuals and groups are fundamentally determined by the socio-economic contexts in which they are embedded. In order to better understand the contexts, organizations scholars attend to organizational and institutional structures, such as the rise and decline of corporations, changes in industrial relations, and the relationship between law and organizations. In this course, we will identify important institutional and organizational structures of economic life and discuss how the structures shape life chances, inequalities, and opportunities. Specifically, we will study (1) structural bias against marginalized groups in work organizations, (2) inter-group power dynamics in workplaces, (3) corporate responses to state regulatory actions such as Affirmative Action, and (4) implications of the recent rise of self-regulation in the corporate world on social inequality. This course will require weekly class meetings (two and one-half hours) and small-group meetings prior to weekly class meetings. 

Not open to first-year students.  Limited to 20 students. Enrollment requires attendance at the first class meeting.  Spring semester.  Professor Mun.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to sociology majors. Attendance required on the first day.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016