Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module explores social inequalities in both a British and global context. The module focuses on major social inequalities including class, ethnicity, gender and age, and considers how these categories shape societies and the life chances of individuals. The module encourages students to consider sociological accounts of the existence and the persistence of social inequalities and to challenge common-sense and individualised explanations by engaging with empirical evidence.The lectures will focus on:How can we understand society?Global inequalitiesPerspectives on wealth, poverty and classLabour market inequalitiesGender and sexualitiesEthnic identities, 'race' and faithMigration and asylumHealth and disabilitiesInequalities across the life courseCan we overcome inequality?
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/soc-10009/lists
To enable students to consider the forms of stratification of social life in contemporary societiesTo enable students to consider the role of gender, ethnicity, social class, and age in shaping our life chances To introduce students to sociological explanations for inequalities which challenge individualist and common-sense understandings
Intended Learning Outcomes
Express knowledge of the diversity of types of social inequality in the contemporary world: 1,2Demonstrate an appreciation of the social origins of inequalities: 1,2Show knowledge of the ways that policy decisions impact upon social inequalities through reference to contemporary examples: 1,2Show an understanding of the diverse scalings of social inequalities: 1,2Demonstrate an appreciation of the individualized and culturally specific explanations for major disparities in life chances from a sociological perspective: 1,2Show evidence of reflection on own learning and the ability to conform to academic conventions: 1,2Demonstrate ability to use research tools, such as the library catalogue, to inform independent learning: 1,2Demonstrate the ability to interpret quantative data representing patterns of social inequalities, and compare these to findings of qualitative research to develop an understanding of the contribution of different methodological approaches to sociological research: 1,2
Active learning hours:22 contact hours - 11 lectures and 11 tutorials44 asynchronous learning hours - key readings, note-taking, seminar preparation, video content, exploring data sources and contributing to online class discussions (e.g. padlet)Independent study hours:84 hours assessment preparation (includes engaging with additional readings)
1: Portfolio weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Study Skills PortfolioPortfolio that comprises: (i) a 400-word summary of a key reading; (ii) a 400-word interpretation of quantitative data about contemporary inequalitites; (iii) library search - a five-item bibliography of academic sources - using Harvard referencing - for a specific essay question.2: Essay weighted 60%
1250 word FINAL essayA 1250-word essay that assesses students knowledge and understanding about social inequality in the contemporary world through a focus of a specific aspect of inequality. Students will be given 8-10 essay questions to select from.