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Understanding Social Research (SO121-15)

The world is filled with multiple forms of inequality. For example, in the UK women take up less than 15 per cent of jobs in science, technology, and engineering. Women are also often paid less than men when doing the same job. Less than half of young Afro-Caribbean boys attain five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C. People from disadvantaged social backgrounds have lower life expectancies and suffer more health problems throughout their lives.

Inequality is all around us and is found in every element of our lives. This module will introduce you to a range of sociological research on social inequalities. We will consider social class, ethnicity and gender inequalities, and we will discuss how these factors influence our educational attainment, labour market outcomes, health and family life.

This module will also help you think critically about social research and research findings. You will develop a firm foundation in the principles of research design. You will learn how to evaluate research reports, monographs and journal articles. Centrally we will emphasise the role of both quantitative and qualitative methods in contributing to our understanding of social inequalities in contemporary society.

Timing and CATS

This module will run in the Spring Term and is worth 15 CATS.