Although our current era is characterized by the unprecedented legitimacy of equality as an ideal and as a political norm, it is marked by vast social and economic inequalities. This unit seeks to explain this paradoxical situation. It introduces students to some of the central theoretical questions; investigates the historical development of inequality within and between countries; and examines some of the key mechanisms through which inequality is produced in modern societies. It concludes by considering possible alternatives and responses.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x800wd data analysis (20%), 1x1500wd major essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (25%), Tutorial participation (700wd equivalent) (15%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in Political EconomyProhibitions