• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Social Research, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Social relations of our time and place are unique. Comparisons of societies and cultures not only provide insights into systematic variations and broad similarities but also expose reasons why these differences and similarities occur. This course applies the comparative approach to studying relations of social inequality in a selection of contemporary societies. Topics covered include disparities of wealth and income, gender inequality, racial and ethnic inequality, welfare state regimes, sexual orientation and inequality and the “electronic divide”.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the concept of inequality and its relationship to the concepts of social stratification, segregation, exclusion, vulnerability and relative poverty.
  2. Apply in practice the basic principles of comparative analysis and writing, including structuring historical and cross-national comparisons ‘by unit’ and ‘by issue’.
  3. Conduct a comparative analysis of an aspect of social inequality.
  4. Systematically review a range of empirical studies on material and non-material dimensions of social inequality.

Indicative Assessment

Powerpoint Presentation comparing two countries (10% 500-800 words)  [Learning Outcomes  1, 2, 3]
Comparative paper based on cross-country or historical analysis (30% 1500-2000 words) [Learning Outcomes  1, 2, 3, 4]
Synoptic essay (50% 2000-2200 words) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4]  
Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses, or with permission of the convenor.




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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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