Explores notions of globalisation and social inequality by using a variety of sociological theories, and to question the structures that maintain those inequalities. Specific inequalities such as the distribution of wealth and problems surrounding age, gender and religion are examined, as are policies designed to produce social change.
Module 1: Introduction
Topic 1. Introduction to social inequality
Topic 2. The structural basis of inequality
Topic 3. Globalisation
Module 2: Issues and theories
Topic 4. Inequality within nations I: Poverty, social exclusion and the welfare state in Australia
Topic 5. Theoretical approaches I: Marx
Topic 6. Inequality between nations I: Poverty in the developing world and the international division of labour
Topic 7. Theoretical approaches II: Weber and multidimensionalists
Topic 8. Inequality with nations II: People flows within nations
Topic 9. Theoretical approaches III: Theories of gender and race/ethnicity
Topic 10. Inequality between nations II: Migration
Topic 11. Theoretical approaches IV: Citizenship and rights
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||cite evidence of social inequality in Australia and elsewhere||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||evaluate different theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of social inequality||Creativity|
|3||understand the nature of structures that maintain inequalities||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||identify key areas of inequality||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||critically assess the problem of poverty in a globalised society||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|6||critique and justify movements and policies designed to redress inequality.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
- Grabb, EG, 2007, Theories of Social Inequality, 5th edn, Thomson Nelson, Canada. ISBN: ISBN 0 17 641666 8.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 2 hours (11)|
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