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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA2006: Understanding Social Inequalities

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content and order of syllabus coverage may vary, it is envisaged that it will include the following topics:

  • Social Inequalities: Definitions and Concepts
  • Dimensions of inequality: social class, gender, and ethnicity
  • Inequalities in childhood experiences: early-year differences
  • Educational inequalities I: attainment in compulsory schooling
  • Educational inequalities II: routes into and out of post-compulsory education
  • Transitions from education to employment
  • Occupational transition over the lifecourse and labour market experiences
  • The evidence for social mobility
  • Demographic inequalities: fertility and age-related inequalities
  • Geographical inequalities
  • Political inequalities

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2211 x 2 hours per week comprising lectures and seminars
Guided Independent study48Reading and preparing for seminars (around 4-6 hours per week)
Guided Independent study80Study tasks directed by the module leader: e.g. 10 hours for group presentations, 15 hours for the short summary report and 55 hours for the essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).