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SO4569: SOCIAL INEQUALITY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:24


Course Overview

Inequality permeates all aspects of social life and structure. This course focuses on the major sociological approaches to the study of social inequality. Emphasising historical, social, and political processes, it utilises social science data and theory to explore key patterns and consequences of inequality in Scotland and beyond. In addition to examining distribution of income, it also focuses on occupational and class hierarchies, power conflicts, racial, ethnic, and gender inequality, poverty, social mobility, and inequality of educational opportunities.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Lecturer Isabella Kasselstrand

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Sociology (SO)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SO4069 Social Inequality (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

This course focuses on the major sociological approaches to the study of social inequality. Emphasising historical, social, and political processes, it utilises social science data and theory to explore key patterns and consequences of inequality in Scotland and beyond. In addition to examining distribution of income, it also focuses on occupational and class hierarchies, power conflicts, racial, ethnic, and gender inequality, poverty, social mobility between and within generations, and inequality of educational opportunities. When studying these topics, we will draw attention to the intersectionality of different aspects of inequality – that is, how inequalities based on, for example, gender, race, and social class overlap to create complex and multifaceted realities of disadvantage and privilege. Furthermore, we will also examine and reflect on our own life chances, both in a local and global perspective.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 27 - 35, 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27 - 35, 39

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 34 Feedback Weeks 37

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Feedback

Feedback will be provided within three weeks of submission either in writing, in person or online.

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseBe able to describe structural features of inequality in Scotland and beyond.
ConceptualApplyLearn to apply sociological theories and perspectives on inequality.
ConceptualEvaluateObtain fundamental knowledge of the link between social policy and social inequalities.
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop an understanding of the presence and outcomes of inequality among individuals, groups, and societies.
ReflectionAnalyseBe able to critically analyse the relationship between social position (e.g., social class, ethnicity, and gender) and life chances.

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 30 Feedback Weeks 33

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Feedback

Feedback will be provided within three weeks of submission either in writing, in person or online.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseBe able to describe structural features of inequality in Scotland and beyond.
ConceptualApplyLearn to apply sociological theories and perspectives on inequality.
ConceptualEvaluateObtain fundamental knowledge of the link between social policy and social inequalities.
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop an understanding of the presence and outcomes of inequality among individuals, groups, and societies.
ReflectionAnalyseBe able to critically analyse the relationship between social position (e.g., social class, ethnicity, and gender) and life chances.

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback on exam performance can be provided on request.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseBe able to describe structural features of inequality in Scotland and beyond.
ConceptualApplyLearn to apply sociological theories and perspectives on inequality.
ConceptualEvaluateObtain fundamental knowledge of the link between social policy and social inequalities.
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop an understanding of the presence and outcomes of inequality among individuals, groups, and societies.
ReflectionAnalyseBe able to critically analyse the relationship between social position (e.g., social class, ethnicity, and gender) and life chances.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyLearn to apply sociological theories and perspectives on inequality.
ConceptualAnalyseBe able to describe structural features of inequality in Scotland and beyond.
ConceptualEvaluateObtain fundamental knowledge of the link between social policy and social inequalities.
ReflectionAnalyseBe able to critically analyse the relationship between social position (e.g., social class, ethnicity, and gender) and life chances.
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop an understanding of the presence and outcomes of inequality among individuals, groups, and societies.

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