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Human Boundaries & HUMAN HIERARCHIES

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Human Hierarches focuses on important ways modern society has been constructed around inclusion and exclusion. This dividing line may involve race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion, and other markers of difference. We will be especially interested in how social hierarchies (rankings, pecking orders) develop and are perpetuated across time. More optimistically, as a class you will consider alternative models of social organization and inclusivity.


 In our discussions we will consider the following questions:

  • What is a society or community?
  • How can individuals shape society through choices in inclusion and exclusion?
  • How do individuals’ beliefs, opinions, assumptions, and habits conflict with societal change or progress?
  • How can individuals determine what is ethical while making decisions within different communities (as citizens, parents, consumers, leaders, employees, etc.)?
  • How do social scientists study human behavior and gather data on social rankings or pecking orders?
  • How can individuals influece change in construction of inclusivity?

Texts for the course will include works of:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Scientific and philosophical works
  • Popular and documentary films

Mike White, PhD

801 585-9363


 Society and Science: HUMAN HIERARCHIES

Spring 2021

Class # Subject Cat #  Sec Days/Time
11954 LEAP  1100 004 TuTh / 12:25PM-1:45PM 



Last Updated: 11/19/20