- Module code: QS106
- Module name: Understanding Social Inequalities: Issues and Methods
- Department: Sociology
- Credit: 15
Module content and teaching
This module aims to introduce students to the substantive and empirical literature in the broad field of social stratification and social inequality, whilst providing a firm foundation on principles of research design. By examining both quantitative and qualitative studies, the module also aims to promote methodological pluralism and to build an appreciation of the role of quantitative methods in the social sciences.
Principal learning outcomes
By the end of this module students will: • Have a good knowledge of substantive and empirical key topics in the broad field of social inequality; • Develop an appreciation of the principles of research design and how these are applied in both quantitative and qualitative studies; • Be able to critically evaluate both quantitative and qualitative published research in the field of social inequality; • Understand key concepts in quantitative methods (representativeness, inference, statistical significance, validity etc.); • Appreciate the role of quantitative methods in substantive social science as well as the value of methodological pluralism.
Timetabled teaching activities
Lectures are typically scheduled to Tuesdays, 1-2 pm, starting week 15 (Timetabled Teaching Activities are not finalised until September). You must also attend a 1 x 2 hour Seminar each week (you will choose your seminar slot at the start of term).
Other essential notes
This module is supported by funding from the Nuffield/ESRC/HEFCE as part of the Q-Step degrees in ‘Sociology and Quantitative Methods’ and ‘Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods.’
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|15 CATS (Module code: QS106-15)|
|A (Assessed work only)||Summative Essay (2000 words)||100%|
This module is available on the following courses:
- BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Politics (M100) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (M16A) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1