Hi there, welcome to the module on inequality. There’s a short handout for you to read that explains inequality in brief and it also has some information on what we mean by institutionalized. That’s a very important concept in sociology so make sure you read through that. As you look at these chapters that are focused on inequality based on social class, so that’s the poverty chapter, and inequality based on race or ethnicity, and inequality based on sex or gender, know that there are many other types of inequality. Later on in the semester we’ll get to inequality based on aging, but I have that coupled with the family chapter so we can talk about the entire life course. There’s also inequality based on religion and just so many others. If you think of every characteristic that describes you as a person we can talk about inequalities based on those characteristic. So take a look at the handout. Read the chapters in the book and take a look at the powerpoints and accompany those if they’re helping you study, and then there’s also a video on violence against women by Jackson Katz. He is a really dynamic speaker; it’s a TEDx video and so I think you will enjoy that. So again, as you go through these chapters on inequality I’d like for you to focus on causes of these social problems or what causes these inequalities, and the consequences of these inequalities, who is benefiting from the inequality, and for whom is the inequality a social problem. In addition to that, you might want to start thinking about what are possible solutions for this particular social problem. Pretty soon you will need to sign up for a project group and a solution is part of the project so it’s a good idea to begin thinking about that as you go through the chapters in this module.