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GEC3401 Societies, Development and Inequalities: Home

Course Description

How rich are the rich compared with the poor? What’s the chance for a given person to get better living standards than his parents, or to get a higher place in the social hierarchy? Which countries are more/less equalitarian? Those questions are important both for social sciences researchers and for citizens. The first part of this course aims to introduce international and national indicators in term of human & economic development such as IDH, Gini, GDP, Gross National Happiness and the different ways to measure inequality. In the second part, students will learn how people’s life chance, gender inequalities, social reproduction, and education inequalities are impacting China and western societies.

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本书是作者与巴黎和里尔社会学专业的大学生共同完成的对大学生,特别是文科大学生,进行的关于教育制度的调查。作者提出,以文化不平等社会学为基础的教学方法是真正具有合理性的方法,可有助于减少在教育和文化面前的不平等。因此,作者大肆批判能力神授论,反对以培养和选择出身优越的精英为方向的传统教育,也反对面向按一定规格批量生产专家的技术统治论的教育。在作者的心中,真正民主的教育,是无条件面向尽可能多的人的。

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