This is an undergraduate course that covers major classical and current approaches to social stratification in sociology, with some special emphasis on the classical and modern explanations of the causes of social, economic and political inequality, industrialization,  globalization, and comparative social mobility. Key issues include the consequences of inequality for individuals and groups; the relative importance of economic, political and social forces in creating and sustaining inequality; class consciousness; the significance of race, ethnicity and gender; and the use of social policy to mitigate inequality. Cases range from technologically simple societies, traditional and industrialized societies the in modern times. The main goals of the course are as follows; to understand major substantive issues involved in social stratification ;  achieve this understanding by becoming acquainted with the major world views, theories, models, methods, and people involved in stratification research;  enabling sociology students  to acquire a solid basis for preparing themselves for social stratification research.