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Inequalities: Challenges for the Future (SOCI10003)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeSOCI10003
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Ever wondered what is the connection between the #wearethe99percent and #metoo campaigns? These social movements tap into increased awareness of rising inequalities across the world. This subject will introduce students to core themes of inequality and social differences from a sociological perspective. Students will be introduced to key theoretical concepts and trends to explain social inequality. Course content with include, but not be limited to, inequality in race, class and gender.

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.

Generic skills

  • Oral communication; written communication;
  • Collaborative learning; problem solving; team work;
  • Statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice;
  • Interpretation and analysis; critical thinking;
  • Accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 2,000 word research essay 1 (50%), due in Week 5 of semester
  • 2,000 word research essay 2 (50%), due during examination period

Hurdle requirements: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorRennie Lee
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours35 Contact Hours:1 x two hour lecture and 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks. No tutorials in Week 1.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 17 July 2019