SOC401 Advanced 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. The subject critically analyses and evaluates diversity, social justice, social change, human rights and ethical dimensions of social inequality using principles evident in sociological theory. Sociological theories of inequality are presented and applied to national and global social inequalities. Topics covered include: socio-biology, the family, age, gender, race and ethnicity, regional inequality, income and wealth distribution, social class, social mobility, unemployment and the underclass, nationally and globally.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SOC401. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Subject Relationships

SOC102 This is a postgraduate level social inequality subject and students are not required to have completed SOC102 in order to enrol in SOC401.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify, evaluate and critically review where and how social inequality occurs in Australia and globally
  • be able to investigate and analyse current events, past injustices, and patterns of social inequality using sociological theory
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to critically review, analyse, summarise and synthesise sociological scholarship and research
  • be able to demonstrate cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgements in identifying and solving problems of social inequality with intellectual independence
  • be able to construct a sociological argument explaining and analysing social inequalities and communicating these 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SOC401 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Tutorial assessment 1
Tutorial assessment 2
Book review
Global inequality essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.