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QS106 - Understanding Social Inequalities: Issues and Methods

  • Module code: QS106
  • Module name: Understanding Social Inequalities: Issues and Methods
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

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

Typically one 1 hour lecture in weeks 15-19, 20-21 (Timetabled Teaching Activities are not finalised until September). You will also be required to attend 1 x 2 hour Seminar each week (you must choose your Seminar at the start of term).

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/q-step/study/modules/qs106/

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.’

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: QS106-15)
A (Assessed work only) Summative Essay (2000 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1