Social Inequality

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Social Inequality

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A critical examination of various forms of inequalities within New Zealand and globally.

    This course is concerned with making social inequalities visible. We begin with two assumptions:

    1)That social inequalities are problematic
    2)That we all benefit from at least some forms of inequality (while also being disadvantaged by others)

    Throughout the paper, we will begin to uncover how these inequalities operate in our own lives. We will explore various forms of social inequality, from the local to global inequalities, and explore issues related to ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, gender identity, ability and age.

    Course Structure
    The course is structured around theories used to investigate social inequality. Some theories help explain why inequalities exist, while others explain how they benefit some people at the expense of others. At the end of the paper we explore theories that provide a pathway for change.

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the course the students will be able to:
    -Identify and understand various forms of inequality that persists in New Zealand
    -Understand theories on how inequalities came to be and how they are perpetuated
    -Apply particular theories of inequality to the social world

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