Concepts such as social stratification, inequality, and the relationship between wealth, privilege and power provide critical lenses though which to read texts. Fostering a richer understanding of their own implication within these systems of power, this course helps students become better writers and stronger interpretive readers by practicing close reading, evidence-based analysis and argumentation, and independent-inquiry skills. Thus through interpretive practice students develop a basic understanding of core concepts of social class, including stratification, inequality, privilege, capitalism and labor.