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Contemporary societies are characterized by social differences and inequalities. Many differences are linked to social categories such as social class, gender, ethnicity, age, religion and disability. They indicate not only different life style decisions but fundamental inequalities of life chances and are responsible for systematic inequalities in income, health and life expectancy. Many of these inequalities are seen as unjust even though they continue and sometimes even increase. This subject will give a comprehensive overview about central social inequalities on a national and international level. It will discuss major sociological approaches to understand the existence and reproduction of these inequalities and how the understanding and theorizing of social inequalities has changed in recent decades.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Demonstrate a sociological understanding of contemporary social inequalities such as class, gender, and ethnicity;
- Have a good understanding of the different dimensions involved in social inequalities;
- Demonstrate an ability to apply sociological theories, concepts and evidence to the analyse sources of social inequalities and how they are reproduced;
- Be able to communicate sociological analyses of inequality using both oral and written formats.
Last updated: 28 July 2023