Units of Study

SCLG2604 - Social Inequality in Australia

Summer Main, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Alec Pemberton

Description

This unit examines sociological approaches to social inequality. Questions about social inequality are integral to contemporary notions of equality, citizenship, human rights, social justice and emancipation. A central theme of the unit (and a central preoccupation of sociologists) is ways in which social relations of inequality are shaped, represented, experienced, negotiated and challenged in everyday life. Some important questions for this unit are: How do sociologists understand and explain patterns of inequality? What are the enabling and constraining factors shaping people's 'life chances'? How are social relations of inequality, experienced, challenged and disrupted? Is social inequality an inevitable condition of human existence?

Assessments

Tutorial participation (15%), 1x2000wd autoethnography (40%) and 1x2500wd take home exam (45%)

Textbooks

unit reader will be available through the Copy Centre

Classes

1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr or equivalent intensive Summer session

Prerequisites

SCLG1001 and SCLG1002

Prohibitions

SCLG2010, SCLG2529

Additional Information

this unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program

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