Not available in 2013/14
SA429      Half Unit
Social Exclusion, Inequality and the Underclass Debate

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Hartley Dean OLD2.30 and Prof Stephen Jenkins OLD2.29


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in City Design and Social Science, MSc in Criminal Justice Policy, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Health, Population and Society, MSc in Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy), MSc in Social Policy (Research) and MSc in Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course focuses on the emergence of social exclusion as a key concept in social policy and its use in developing and industrialized countries; changes in inequality and their causes; the theoretical and empirical issues provoked by the 'underclass' debate; family change and disadvantage; long term unemployment and welfare-to-work; area segregation, housing and 'welfare ghettos'; ethnic division; employment; education; social exclusion and citizenship.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Indicative reading

Basic reading list for the course includes: R Lister (Ed), Charles Murray and the Underclass: the developing debate, IEA, 1996; D Held and A Kaya (Eds), Global Inequality, Polity, 2007; J Hills et al (Eds), Understanding Social Exclusion, OUP, 2002; D. Dorling, Injustice: Why social inequality matters, The Policy Press, 2010; National Equality Panel, An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK, Government Equality Office/CASE, 2010; C Pantazis, et al (Eds), Poverty and Social Exclusion in Britain: The millennium survey, The Policy Press, 2006; G Rodgers, et al (Eds), Social Exclusion: Rhetoric, reality, responses, ILO, 1995.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 4.5
Merit 67.7
Pass 23.3
Fail 4.5

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: 30

Average class size 2012/13: 15

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 81.7%



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