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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA2006: Understanding Social Inequalities

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


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

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Chris Playford (Lecturer)


SSI1005 and SSI1006

Available via distance learning


The study of social inequalities is a central focus of social science 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 will help you to understand better how applied quantitative social science research contributes to current debates around social stratification and social mobility. The pre-requisites for this module are SSI1005 and SSI1006.

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