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Spring 2022 Advanced Programs - Advanced Programs Face to Face or Virtual - Sociology

[SOC 5943] Inequality in Global Perspectv - 221

Karl Rambo

Course Description

Inequality in the Global Perspective

Provides an in-depth review and analysis of the sociological concepts and theories used to study how wealth (and its correlates, power and prestige) are created and distributed. Special emphasis is placed upon how these processes occur within a global system.

Class Dates, Format, Location and Hours

Dates:January 25-30, 2022
Format: Face to Face
Location for on-site courses:Aviano Education Center, Area 1, Bldg. 147, Room 13, Aviano AB, Italy
Hours:Tuesday - Friday 6:00-9:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Last day to enroll or drop without penalty: December 27, 2021

Site Director

NameMr. David Holsclaw 
Office address/locationAviano Education Center, Area 1, Bldg. 147, Room 3, Aviano AB, Italy
Office hoursMonday- Thursday 0800 - 1430
DSN and CIV phoneDSN: 632-5977  or  CIV: 39-0434-30-5977

Professor Contact Information

Course Professor:Karl F. Rambo, PhD
Mailing Address:521 Dale Hall Tower, OU, Norman, OK 73109
Telephone Number:(405) 761-9616
Professor availability:The professor will be available via email to students before and after the class sessions. Face to Face office hours are half an hour before and after each class session, by appointment.

Textbook(s) and Instructional Materials

Student materials are available at the OU Bookstore Website at The website has book selling, renting, buying, returning, and order tracking capabilities. If you need help with an order, or if you have any questions contact the toll-free phone at 1-(855)-790-6637, agents are available from 9a – 5p (EST) Monday – Friday. Text prices are available online.

Additional materials on the class Canvas course management site ( marked “C” on the course outline)

Inequality : What Everyone Needs to Know®
Inequality : What Everyone Needs to Know®
by Galbraith, James K.
Published by Oxford University Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780190250478
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done about It
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done about It
by Paul Collier
Published by Oxford Univ Press
ISBN: 9780195373387
Global Inequality: Anthropological Insi
Global Inequality: Anthropological Insi
Published by Univ Toronto
ISBN: 9781442634510
Promises Not Kept: Poverty And the Betrayal of Third World Development
Promises Not Kept: Poverty And the Betrayal of Third World Development
by Isbister, John
Published by Stylus Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 9781565492165

Course Objectives

The objectives include familiarity with: the history of the global economy and inequality; an understanding of inequality as being a consequence of historical processes; the emergence and changes in development theory; an understanding of the different views about development. Additionally, students will be introduced to the ideas of several scholars who reject the standard notions of “more” as a goal for development and human societies.

Course Outline

This course has been divided into eight, roughly half day sessions, associated with the readings (note: the books assigned will remain as indicated, but there may be substitution of the scanned readings prior to the beginning of the first session)

Tuesday PM, Session 1:

Galbraith book, beginning through chapter 7 (111p.)


Wednesday PM, Session 2:

1. Galbraith book, chapter 11 (9 p.);

2. C) Sahlins: Original Affluent Society (19 p.)

3. C) Sheidel reading: “The Great Leveler” Chapter 1 (36 p.)


Thursday PM, Session 3:

1. McGill book, through chapter 6


Friday PM, Session 4:

1. Isbister book, Chapter 1 (Intro) and 3 (we won’t spend much time on the cases in chapter 2; ~40 p )

2. Collier, beginning through chapter 6 (75 p.)


Saturday AM, Session 5:

1. Isbister, Chapters 4 and 5 (80 p.)

2. C) Illich, “Development as Planned Poverty”

3. C) Ferguson: “Development in Lesotho”


Saturday PM, Session 6:

1. Collier, Chapter 7 through 10 (~75 p.)

2. C) Sumner, Why does national inequality matter? (16 p.)


Sunday AM, Session 7:

1. C) Escobar: Making and Unmaking of the …”

2. C) Ramonet: “One and Only One Way of Thinking”

3. C) Morse: Inequality is a Good Thing (1 pg)

4. C) Vilnik: Some Conservatives Say... (3 pgs)

5. C) D’Souza: The Return of Inequality (~4 pgs)


Sunday PM, Session 8:

Wrap up and catch up

Exam (essay format, one hour)

Assignments, Grading and Due Dates

There will be an in-class exam on the last day of class (30% of the course grade). Additionally, a paper based on the readings assigned for course will be due by 11:59pm your local time, February 15, 2022, posted into an assignment on Canvas). The prompting question(s) for this paper will be posted on the Canvas site before session 5 of the class. I will ask you to use the assigned reading materials to prepare an eight to ten page paper on issues discussed by us in class and by the authors of the course readings (40% of the course grade). Preparation, presentation, and participation during the seminar will constitute the other 30% of the course grade. On each session of the class, come prepared to give a five to eight minute summary of the primary issues and arguments presented in each chapter or reading (the assignments of who will have primary responsibility to summarize and who will lead discussion will be made several days before the first class session). Also, come with comments, observations, affirmations or contradictions to the viewpoints of the authors; I will ask different members of the class to present summary introductions for selected readings and I will expect each student to have comments, observations, and/or questions for each chapter/reading.


This is a letter-graded course: A, B, C, D, or F. 

Incomplete Grade Policy

Notice: Failure to meet assignment due dates could result in a grade of I (Incomplete) and may adversely impact Tuition Assistance and/or Financial Aid.


Attendance/Grade Policy

Attendance and participation in interaction, individual assignments, group exercises, simulations, role playing, etc. are valuable aspects of any course because much of the learning comes from discussions in class with other students. It is expected that you attend all classes and be on time except for excused emergencies.

Excused absences are given for professor mandated activities or legally required activities such as emergencies or military assignments. It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays. Unavoidable personal emergencies, including (but not limited to) serious illness; delays in getting to class because of accidents, etc.; deaths and funerals, and hazardous road conditions will be excused.

If you are obtaining financial assistance (TA, STAP, FA, VA, Scholarship, etc.) to pay all or part of your tuition cost, you must follow your funding agency/institution’s policy regarding “I” (Incomplete) grades unless the timeline is longer than what the University policy allows then you must adhere to the University policy. Students who receive Financial Aid must resolve/complete any “I” (Incomplete) grades by the end of the term or he/she may be placed on “financial aid probation.” If the “I” grade is not resolved/completed by the end of the following term, the student’s Financial Aid may be suspended make the student ineligible for further Financial Aid.

Students are responsible for meeting the guidelines of Tuition Assistance and Veterans Assistance. See the education counselor at your local education center for a complete description of your TA or VA requirements.

OU faculty will submit grades online through ONE not later than 30 days after the course end date. Course end dates are approximately one calendar month after the final seminar date on this syllabus and are provided on the official scheduling website for reference.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct 

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Academic assignments exist to help students learn; grades exist to show how fully this goal is attained. Therefore all work and all grades should result from the student's own understanding and effort.

Academic misconduct is any act which improperly affects the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement. Misconduct occurs when the student either knows or reasonably should know that the act constitutes misconduct. Academic misconduct includes: cheating and using unauthorized materials on examinations and other assignments; improper collaboration, submitting the same assignment for different classes (self-plagiarism); fabrication, forgery, alteration of documents, lying, etc…in order to obtain an academic advantage; assisting others in academic misconduct; attempting to commit academic misconduct; destruction of property, hacking, etc…; intimidation and interference with integrity process; and plagiarism. All students should review the Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity at 

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. All students should review policies regarding student conduct at 

Accommodation Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making its activities as accessible as possible. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact your local OU Site Director.

Adjustment for Pregnancy/Childbirth-Related Issues

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact the professor as soon as possible to discuss. Generally, modifications will be made where medically necessary and similar in scope to accommodations based on temporary disability. Please see

Title IX Resources

For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the University offers a variety of resources, including advocates on-call 24/7, counseling services, mutual no-contact orders, scheduling adjustments, and disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrator. Please contact the Sexual Misconduct Office at or (405) 325-2215 (8-5), or the Sexual Assault Response Team at (405) 615 -0013 (24/7) to report an incident. To learn more about Title IX, please visit the Institutional Equity Office’s website at 

Course Policies

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Statement on Respect

The classroom should provide a safe learning environment where students can express their views without fear of reprisal. That freedom of expression must be balanced by demonstrated respect for other’s viewpoints and appropriate and reasonable sensitivity, especially within the context of scholarly disagreement.  Disrespectful or uncivil dialogue (including, but not limited to, personal attacks, insults, or harassment) will not be tolerated.

Recording Devices/Phones/Computers

It is important for students to be fully present during class to fully benefit from lectures, discussions, and experiential assignments. Class sessions may not be tape-recorded. All telephones and pagers should be turned off or placed on silent mode. Computers may not be used during class. Students who require an exception to this policy should discuss exceptional circumstances with the professor.


Karl Rambo, PhD


BA, 1981, University of Oklahoma; MA, 1985 and PhD, 1993, State University of New York, Stony Brook University

Current Positions:  

Professor Emeritus. Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma (employment beginning 1992, current position , 2008 - 2021); Director, Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program (2013 – 2021).

Major Areas of Teaching and Research Interest: 

Non-monetary economy; spread of capitalism; economic development; economic anthropology; ethnology of the Pacific/Oceania

Representative Publications and Presentations:  

Work and Economic Change in Simbu, Papua New Guinea; Peoples of the World: A Reader for Cultural Anthropology; Recent presentation: “Occupational Prestige Hierarchies: Learning Inequality in Kerowagi, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea” (Society of Economic Anthropology, 2013).

Major Professional Affiliations: Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania; Society of Economic Anthropology