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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5356M Inequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Professor Kahryn Hughes

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module bridges disciplinary divides to provide a detailed understanding of the ways in which social inequality operates across diverse communities and contexts at the national and international level. It offers insight into the character, causes and consequences of social inequality, as well as forms of resistance and policy responses to it.


This module offers an inter-disciplinary, intersectional and international comparative perspective on inequalities and its problematics. It does so in order to go beyond causes to look at the consequences of inequalities and what possible interventions might be appropriate.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:-
1. demonstrate an understanding of and critical engagement with the key theoretical and critical debates within social sciences on inequality
2. analyse and critically evaluate different theories, definitions and forms of inequalities
3. critically relate theories of inequality to social analysis - critically engage with the main methodologies of social science appropriate to the study of inequalities
4. critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of different conceptual frameworks
5. demonstrate a mastery of the key texts from the field of the social science concerned with inequalities

Skills learning development

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Apply critical thinking skills to a range of social issues
2. Communicate complex information, including concepts, verbally and in written form
3. Employ social research practices that allow for critical reflection and thinking about own approaches


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored during lectures / tutorials and open door sessions, when students will be encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and levels of criticality in relation to the conceptual and empirical content of the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/04/2024


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