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Module Details for SOU33112 Social Stratification & Inequalities (Part 2 HT)


Module Code


Module Name

Social Stratification & Inequalities

ECTS weighting


Semester/term taught

Term 2

Learning Outcomes

  • Contrast different theories, concepts and measures of poverty.
  • Critique national and international debates and discourses on poverty.
  • Assess the potential of different social protection systems, policies, and interventions to reduce poverty.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively in small groups.



Recommended Readings

  • Ruth Lister (2021) Poverty. 2nd edition. Cambridge. Polity Press.
    Grusky, D. B. and Hill, J. (Eds.). (2018). Inequality in the 21st Century. A Reader. New York: Routledge.

Module Content

Inequality and poverty are major themes the 21st century. Hence, preventing and alleviating poverty is a key concern of governments and international organisations. Defining and measuring poverty is the first step towards developing and evaluating policies to tackle it effectively. Using real world examples, this module discusses not long-standing theories of inequality and poverty as well as recent developments and debates in measurement and policy. The module reviews different concepts and measures of poverty and discusses implications for research, discourse and policy. The module will also discuss the role of social protection systems in addressing poverty in different regions in a global context.

Assessment Details

Coursework only. The module is assessed based on presentations (20%) and an end-of-term essay (80%).