Course Description

Participants will explore the book Privilege, Power and Difference by Sociologist, Author and Speaker, Allan G. Johnson, PhD. This book is a groundbreaking tool for students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, the 3rd edition links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand how privilege and power work personally and systemically, and how these impact and reinforce each other.
  • Understand privilege and power intersect with and manifest through social experiences of race, gender, class, ability, and sexual orientation.
  • Be able to identify patterns of resistance and denial of systems of power and privilege.
  • Be able to apply what they have learned to create a personal call to action for change around this issue


The online book studies are offered to anyone who has a sincere interest to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the systemic issues that plague the USA around race, class and marginalized groups and who care deeply about social justice. Each book study addresses current issues in society and allow opportunities for participants to reflect, discuss and hear multiple perspectives that can lead to greater understanding and empathy.
Online course only. Web access Required. This course is hosted on Moodle, students will be automatically enrolled once payment is processed. Course materials are provided unless listed otherwise. Students must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet access. Not recommended for iPad-only access. Internet Explorer does not support Moodle and is not recommended. Students are asked to login into online environment using, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. YouTube videos might not display on Opera or Internet Explorer. Some videos require Adobe Flash Player.
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Section Title
Book Study: Privilege, Power and Difference
Start Now, you have 35 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (1 units) $210.00
Available for Credit
1 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be purchased separately:

Privilege, Power and Difference, 3rd Edition by Allan G. Johnson, PhD

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Epoch Education

Course is self-paced. Completion time is 5 weeks.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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