|Course code module||2BPSW-08E|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||English|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st semester|
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Being familiar with central sociological concepts and being able to handle them
Knowledge of the ‘old’ and ‘new’ sociological tradition (Marx, Weber, Bourdieu, Dahrendorf, Goldthorpe, etc.)
Some acquaintance with situations and issues of inequality in contemporary society and with its organisation and functioning is an advantage.
‘Samenleving, feiten en problemen’ (Society, facts and problems) (1BPSW-10)
Not applicable for ‘Social Work’
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
Being familiar with sociological thinking about forms of social inequalities.
Advanced knowledge of some situations of inequality: facts, mechanisms, processes and their context.
Being able to identify and to analyse situations of inequality using the concepts, theoretical frames and methods discussed in this course.
3. Course content
1° Introduction: how did inequality become a subject of action and research?
Prerequisites of a social problem
Ideas : Rousseau, Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen
Social movement: abolition of slave trade and slavery
Some general conclusions
The end of social class?
2° Illustrations of inequality
Health and mortality
First definition of inequality
3° Central concepts (differentiation, fragmentation, inequality, exclusion and stratification) are explained on the basis of a model developed by the professor.
4° Important forms of organized inequality: classes, castes and estates.
5° Three main models are explained in separate chapters:
6° Power and authority
7° Social mobility:
Types of mobility
How to measure mobility?
The relevance of mobility
8° Class structure in contemporary societies
Important developments (globalisation, rise and decline of the welfare state, etc.) and their impact on class structure.
The upper class: between capital owners and management
The new versus the old middle-class
The working class: subject to embourgeoisement?
The urban underclass: also in Europe?
9° Modern authors on inequality and stratification
10° Important forms of inequality and stratification: every year specific topics are selected (such as poverty, life events, health, gender, urban forms)
Theory, empirical data and methodology are balanced out.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
Personal work: Assignments - in groupSupervised self-study
5. Assessment method
Exam: Oral, with written preparationOpen questions
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Course ‘sociology of inequalities’ (in the form of a power point presentation)
Additions made during lectures
Reading list consisting of eight standard texts (e.g. Davis & Moore, Tumin, Bendix, Lipset, E.O.Wright).
7. Recommended reading - study material
The original course text (in Dutch)
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