|Course code module||2BPSW-08E|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||English|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
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.
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 became 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
2° Illustrations of inequality
· Income distribution
· 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 Jan Vranken.
4° Important forms of organized inequality : classes, castes and estates.
5° Three main theories of stratification are explained:
· Marx, Weber & Eric Olin Wright
6° Social mobility :
· Types of mobility
· How to measure mobility?
· The relevance of mobility
7° 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?
8° Modern authors on inequality and stratification
· Goldthorpe, Giddens, Bourdieu, E.O. Wright, Esping-Anderson, Beck, Wilkinson, Wacquant
9° Actual forms of inequality and stratification : every year specific topics are selected (such as poverty, life events, urban forms, ethnicity, globalisation and climate)
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
Reader ‘sociology of inequalities’ (available at Universitas)
+ power point presentations and additional texts on blackboard
7. Recommended reading - study material
Additional texts and recommended reading on Blackboard.
For questions concerning this course, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.