By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 3: Explain the significance of social stratification and social inequality for the individual and society.
Explain whether or not inequality is inevitable.
Competency 4: Analyze the influence of culture and socialization on both the individual and society.
Analyze whether or not equal opportunity is possible.
Competency 5: Evaluate the impact of social change on society and social institutions.
Examine potential changes to increase equality of opportunity.
Analyze factors to reverse or erase inequality.
Competency 6: Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills for effectively presenting sociological concepts, ideas, and analyses.
Write in a professional style using APA 6th edition referencing and format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
American culture emphasizes self-sufficiency and working hard to get where you want. It is assumed that everyone has the ability to succeed if they work hard enough. You will write a paper applying key concepts from this unit to argue for or against the inevitability of inequality. For this assignment, complete the following:
If you have not already done so, watch A Film about Races: A Fresh Look at Diversity (link in Resources).
Explain why or why not you think inequality is inevitable.
Examine what kinds of changes would help establish greater equality of opportunity for everyone in American society.
Reflect on ideas of equal opportunity and analyze why or why not you think American society provides everyone with an equal opportunity for success.
Based on the information in this video and your readings, analyze what factors have contributed to the growth of inequality in the past few decades.
Analyze factors that could reverse or erase inequality.
Integrate and reference readings from this unit in your paper. Also be sure to use APA 6th edition format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
Your paper should be 3–4 pages in length, excluding the cover page and the references page.