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SP30307: Global inequality: economic and political perspectives

[Page last updated: 11 August 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are to provide students with an understanding of debates over the causes, dynamics, and consequences of inequality in developing countries from economic and political perspectives and to familiarise them with the methods used to measure and analyse inequality in the economic and political literature.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, students should:
* Have a critical understanding of the different ways in which inequality is understood in economic and political literature on developing countries, including different dimensions of inequality (inter-personal, regional, gender, ethnic);
* Have a critical understanding of different theories of the causes and dynamics of inequality over time;
* Have a critical awareness of the methods and data used to measure inequality and the strengths and limitations of different approaches; and,
* Have in-depth knowledge of the nature and impacts of inequality in a range of developing countries.

Skills:
1. Critical reading and analysis of measures of inequality as presented in academic and non-academic publications;
2. Enhanced critical appreciation of the measurement of social scientific concepts and its application;
3. Ability to evaluate evidence in an inter-disciplinary context;
4. Ability to draw on different disciplines to construct an academic argument;
5. Essay research, preparation, and writing skills.

Content:
1. What is inequality? Inequality of what; and, inequality between whom?
2. Measuring inequality: Data, techniques, and representation
3. Dimensions of inequality: Region, gender, and ethnicity
4. Why does inequality endure? Dynamics of inequality over time
5. Global inequality and the rise of the BRICS countries
6. Latin American experiences
7. Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa
8. Addressing inequality: Affirmative action and other policy responses
9. The politics of inequality in development.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30307 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

SP30307 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 4)

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