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GD303 - Inequality: Wealth, Behaviour and Society

  • Module code: GD303
  • Module name: Inequality: Wealth, Behaviour and Society
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

◾Critically reflect on the UN’s decision to integrate inequality into the sustainable development agenda (SDG 10: “Reduced inequalities”) and examine the relationship between inequality and sustainability. ◾Analyse how inequality shapes our economy, behaviour and society, using cross-disciplinary theories and evidence from empirical data, case studies and behavioural experiments. ◾Engage with the most current research on inequality and examine the perspectives of different disciplines, such as social economics, public policy, behavioural science, political economy and history

Principal learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to: ◾Identify and appraise key characteristics of, and recent developments in, inequality in modern societies, at a local/domestic level as well as in a more global context. ◾Critically analyse the current debate around inequality and socio-economic-environmental sustainability, appreciate the complexities of these problems and recognise the challenges faced by policy makers who aim to resolve them. ◾Demonstrate advanced knowledge of various cross-disciplinary theories and empirical evidence on the determinants of inequality, its consequences, and people’s attitudes to it. ◾Demonstrate an ability to undertake and critically review research on issues relating to inequality.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 x 1-hour lectures per week in Term 2. 10 x 1 hour workshops per week and 2 x 2.5 hour film screenings in Term 2 1 x “conference” (c. 5/10 hours)

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Other essential notes

Available at 15 CATS only in Term 2. Available to students outside of Global Sustainable Development on application.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD303-15)
A (Assessed work only) Critical Book Review (1500 words) 30%
  Research Paper (3000 words) 50%
  Conference 20%
A1 (Assessed work only) Logbook - 3 entries of 500 words 50%
  2000 word essay 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (X3Q5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (with Year Abroad) (X3Q6) - Year 2