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 in the UK, USA, Asia and the Pacific region.

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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge
Subject Relationships

SOC212 Similar content dealt with in greater depth

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise where and how social inequality occurs in Australia and globally
  • be able to apply social inequality theory to current social issues
  • be able to select and use information to investigate and analyse case studies using sociological theory
  • be able to construct a sociological argument explaining and analysing social inequalities and communicating these orally and in writing using appropriate referencing skills


This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Theorising Social Inequality
  • Material, Political and Cultural Spheres of Inequality
  • Sites of Inequality in Daily Life
  • Global inequalities


Current Students

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Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.