2018 Winter School Subject List

Social Inequality in Australia (SCLG2604) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology and Social Policy
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Dr Alec Pemberton - alec.pemberton@sydney.edu.au

(1) Dr Alec Pemberton - alec.pemberton@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 09 Jan 2017 
End Date: 25 Jan 2017 
Capacity: 60 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 07 Dec 2016 
Census date: 18 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 18 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Assumed Knowledge: - 

    One year of first year/ introductory sociology

  2. Prerequisites - 

    Two semesters of introductory sociology (eg, Sociology 1001 & 1002 at The University of Sydney)


This unit examines sociological approaches to social inequality. Questions about social inequality are integral to contemporary notions of equality, citizenship, human rights, social justice and emancipation. A central theme of the unit (and a central preoccupation of sociologists) is ways in which social relations of inequality are shaped, represented, experienced, negotiated and challenged in everyday life. Some important questions for this unit are: How do sociologists understand and explain patterns of inequality? What are the enabling and constraining factors shaping people’s ‘life chances’? How are social relations of inequality, experienced, challenged and disrupted? Is social inequality an inevitable condition of human existence?


Essay 2,000 words; Exam 2,000 words; In-class Participation


Start Date: 09 Jan 2017     End Date: 25 Jan 2017


Mon & Wed: 11:00 - 16:00 hrs (11:00 - 13:00 hrs & 14:00 - 16:00 hrs)


Mon & Wed: 16:00 - 17:00 hrs

Final Exam: 23rd - 30th Jan 2017 (Take Home Exam).


The Refectory, Quadrangle Building

EXCEPT: Weds 11th Jan - Education Seminar Room 434


D Habibis & M Walter , 2013, second edition, ‘Social Inequality in Australia’ , Melbourne Oxford University Press