Blended social stratification and inequalities course is aimed at uniting AUCA sociology
students and representatives of underprivileged communities of Bishkek (LGBT, sex
workers, people with disabilities, victims of gender violence, vulnerable women, etc.) to
foster the learning and discussion of social inequalities in theory and practice in
realities of Kyrgyzstan.
It is a very common problem for Kyrgyzstan’s educational system that information,
data, policies given in text books are far away from realities practiced and reproduced
at the moment. Especially, discussion of social inequalities usually is not based on
experiences of those who are actually treated unequally and suffer discrimination.
The blended course follows an academic program combining actual classical face-toface
in-class lecture/seminar discussions and web-based online learning. The digital
part of the course is based on online system, where theoretical and practical
information are allocated.
Within course requirements, students use internet social media platforms, such as
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, local internet magazines and forums, to interact with
underprivileged communities and document their experiences. The course uses online
forum blog posts to raise awareness among wider community about existing social
arrangements of Kyrgyzstan’s inequalities, to help marginilized to be heard in the
online space, to critically analyze discourses of existing online forums and discussions,
where victims of violence communicate, to connect analyzed experiences through
existing classical and contemporary social theories of conflict and inequality.
The course allows for a research element focused on thenarratives of these
marginalised communities and how they communicate sensitive and personal issues
with the outside world.