Social mobility refers to one’s social position (typically class/occupation or income) relative to that of one’s parents. A longstanding concern in sociology is the determinants of social mobility, both upward and downward. For example, education is thought to be a key driver of social mobility in industrialized countries. This assignment asks you to explore some of the causes of either upward or downward social mobility.
You will work in groups of three or four. Your GSIs will help you to form groups within your discussion section. Your group will collectively write a short interview protocol (questionnaire). Each student will do one in-depth interview with someone who is not a UC Berkeley student (this person must be at least 18 years old). The interview should be no more than 30 minutes in length. You should record the interview using your smartphone or laptop and transcribe it (be sure to ask the respondent’s permission to record and to explain to the purpose of the interview and who it will be shared with). Then, as a group, you will code and analyze the transcripts and write a brief report of your findings. Your GSIs will discuss the details of this in section, and some section time will be devoted to group work.