Inequality in Irish Society

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Inequality in Irish Society

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    International Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    In spite of the vast wealth created in Ireland in the so-called 'Celtic Tiger' years, Ireland remains one of
    the most deeply unequal societies within the European Union economically. How do we explain the persistence of
    injustices in a relatively wealthy country like Ireland and how can we bring about change? The aim of this
    course is to enable students to develop a critical understanding of economic, cultural and social inequalities
    in Irish society and to identify ways of addressing these. It will use a range of academic materials and
    sources from different disciplines, including electronic resources, to develop a critically informed
    orientation. The course will be taught through a series of lectures and tutorials. The active participation of
    students will be encouraged through dialogue and discussion. The course has three main objectives: 1. It will
    provide students with an academic framework for investigating inequalities in Ireland for different social
    groups that will enable students understand the scope and depth of injustices. 2. It will provide students
    with conceptual frameworks to enable them analyse the causes of inequalities. 3. It will identify frameworks
    for action that will promote social justice and respect for human rights in Ireland. The course will focus on
    4 major types of inequalities and how each of these can be explained and addressed in Ireland:1. Economic
    Inequalities 2. Political Inequalities 3. Cultural and Status Inequalities (e.g. gender, ethnicity, sexuality,
    age, disability), 4. Affective Inequalities (inequalities in access to care, love and solidarity of all kinds
    and in the doing of care work). To complement the above analysis, the course will explore the role of 2 key
    social institutions in the perpetuation of inequality and in creating a more equal society, the educational
    system and the health care system, and will consider arguments for different conceptions of equality.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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