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High and rising inequality both between and within countries represents a global grand challenge with significant economic, social, environmental and health implications. This interdisciplinary subject introduces concepts and theories from population health, the humanities, sociology, economics, geography, criminology and education to explore contemporary and historical trends and debates. It will be delivered by scholars and eminent guest speakers from varied backgrounds and areas of expertise and focus on understanding causes, consequences, and potential means of tackling inequalities, inequities and injustices from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Students will gain insights into different disciplinary approaches to understanding and addressing inequality and be encouraged to reflect on the ways in which inequalities affect individuals, communities, societies and nations and on their own positions with respect to relative power, privilege and capacity for action.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Apply an intersectional lens when analysing contemporary inequalities, which demonstrates understanding of the ways in which attributes such as gender, race, ethnicity and indigeneity intersect with each other and corresponding forms of discrimination to produce and reproduce disadvantage and privilege.
- Compare and critically analyse the ways in which different disciplinary perspectives frame the causes and consequences of, and approaches to tackling, inequalities on a local and global scale.
- Identify, categorise and synthesise information and data associated with the broad array of political, economic, geographical, historical and social factors that converge to produce place-based disadvantage and advantage
- Demonstrate capacity to communicate with peers from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.
- Critically reflect on the ways in which inequalities affect individuals, communities, societies and nations and on their own positions with respect to relative power, privilege and capacity for action.
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Access data and other relevant information from a range of sources
- Integrate knowledge from different disciplines
- Apply skills in visual observation and analysis
- Participate in productive tutorial discussions with peers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines
- Recognise and reflect on the ethical responsibilities of individuals and organisations in responding to global challenges
Last updated: 31 January 2024