Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we examine the challenges of creating a more equitable social world by aiming to understand social inequalities and their causes and consequences from a sociological perspective. We critically examine patterns of inequality within Australia and in global contexts, and explore the ways in which these patterns are rendered invisible or visible. Explanations of different kinds of social inequalities are examined within the context of theories of social stratification, power, equity and social justice. We tackle contemporary challenges such as the growing gap between poverty and wealth, gender inequality, racial discrimination, barriers to civic participation, alienation, class conflicts, and inequalities in the world stratification system. Students engage in critical thinking about the ways sociological theory and practice can contribute to effective polices and their implementation for shaping a more equitable social world.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects SOC2WOE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSocial stratification and inequality: class conflict in historical, comparative, and global perspectiveRecommendedKerbo, H 20118TH EDN, MCGRAW-HILL HIGHER EDUCATION

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one class test (1,200-word equivalent)30
one research essay (1,400-word equivalent)35
one research exercise (1,400-word equivalent)35