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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLecture, tutorial, essays, test

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsSOC2WOE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Social stratification and inequality: class conflict in historical, comparative, and global perspective

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorKerbo, H


Edition/Volume8TH EDN



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Coherently apply a sociological perspective to social inequalities within Australia and in global contexts
02. Critically examine sociological theories of social stratification and inequalities
03. Produce a coherent written argument addressing social issues
04. Effectively conduct research projects on social stratification and inequalities

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Test (1200-word equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Research essay (1,200-word equivalent)This essay focuses on the content covered in the first half of the semester.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Research essay (1,600-word equivalent)This essay is an overall assessment of the content covered in the whole semester.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4