Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2021: Understanding Social Inequalities

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (10 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Chris Playford (Convenor)


POL1008/SOC1004, POL/SOC1041, and SOC2077



Available via distance learning


The study of social inequalities is a central focus of sociological enquiry. Experiences in childhood, educational attainment, continuation in post-compulsory education, entry to the labour market, and occupational transition all vary by social class, ethnicity and gender. This module provides you with an overview of the empirical evidence in the field of social inequalities with the objective of developing your skills in understanding and critiquing applied research. This module is recommended for students who seek to understand better how applied quantitative sociological research contributes to current debates around social stratification and social mobility. The pre-requisites for this module are POL1008/SOC1004, POL/SOC1041, and SOC2077. 

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