SOC102 Social Inequality (8)


Inequality is one of the big social and political issues of the new millennium. This subject focuses on current patterns of social inequality in contemporary society with particular reference to Australia. Topics covered include: socio-biology, the family, age, gender, race and ethnicity, regional inequalities, income and wealth distribution, social class, social mobility, unemployment and the underclass, UK, USA, Asia and the Pacific region.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of major theories of inequality in societies; and
- be able to demonstrate the basic skills needed to understand forms of inequality in their own society.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Thinking sociologically about inequality: . Inequality in pre-modern societies . Class and stratification in capitalist societies . Incomes and inequalities -Dimensions of inequality in Australia: .work, poverty and unemployment in the Australian .welfare state .gender and inequality .race and racism -Education and inequality: .inequality and education .global dimensions of inequality: Australia and the Third World.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.