Social Scientific Analysis of Inequalities
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Sam Friedman STC S216
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science. This course is not available as an outside option.
The course will consider interdisciplinary approaches to inequality, focusing on (a) how inequality can be conceptualised and explained, (b) how it can be measured and (c) ethical and political issues. Topics to be covered include patterns and trends in economic inequalities; gender, ethnicity, class and age; cultural aspects of inequality; social and intergenerational mobility; global and comparative perspectives; geographical and neighbourhood polarisation; health and educational inequalities; media representation of inequalities; ethical and philosophical approaches; the impact of government, law and social policy.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, online materials and seminars totalling a minimum of 40 hours across MT and LT, with a class in ST.
It is divided into blocks of related lectures and linked seminars. The ST class is a revision class.
Reading Weeks: Students on this course will have a reading week in MT Week 6 and LT Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT and 1 mock exam in the LT.
Branko Milanovic, Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization (Harvard University Press, 2016)
Piketty, T. Capital in the 21st Century (Harvard University Press, 2013)
Hartley Dean and Lucinda Platt, Social Advantage and Disadvantage (Oxford, 2016)
Graeber, D. Debt: The First 5000 Years. New York. Melville Publishing
O'Neil, C. 2016 Weapons of Math Destruction. London: Allen Lane
Hickel, J. (2017) The Divide: A Brief Guild to Global Inequality and its Solutions. William Heinemann. London.
Federici, S. (2004) Caliban and the Witch: Women: The Body and Primitive Accumulation. New York. Autonomedia.
Essay (30%, 3000 words) and presentation (20%) in the LT.
Take-home assessment (50%) in the ST.
The presentation will be from a group exercise in the LT.
An electronic copy of the assessed essay, to be uploaded to Moodle, no later than 4.00pm on the submission day. The essay is due by the first day of LT.
Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.
Student performance results
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2019/20: 36
Average class size 2019/20: 18
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Commercial awareness
- Specialist skills