Social inequalities refer to uneven distributions of certain valued and quantifiable social attributes, such as wealth, status, knowledge, and power. Social inequalities exist across all sorts of social units, from individuals, to organizations, to nations. The study of social inequality aims to understand and/or explain the determinants and consequences of social inequalities generally and in specific contexts. The relation between social inequalities and social class is controversial. Some theorists view social inequality as a product of different levels of achievement across individual social units, whereas others view social inequality primarily as a product of exploitation. This course will permit students to develop theoretically-grounded empirical understandings of social class and inequality in East Asia, including both Northeast and Southeast Asia. Success in this course will require students to extend sociological theory and methods in the analysis of social class and inequality in Hong Kong and different East Asian contexts.