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Archived Version 2011 - 2012

Module Title Social Inequality and Intergroup Relations
Module Code SOC4
School Open Education

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr James BruntonOffice NumberD102
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite SC100
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module considers evidence of and explanations for social, educational and gender inequality, as well as research on prejudice and racism in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the extent and the effects of economic and prestige inequalities in advanced societies.
2. Discuss the transformations that have occurred in the class structures of advanced societies and the links between these transformations and industrialization.
3. Evaluate the link between participation and outcomes in education and class position.
4. Contrast the dominant ideologies about educational equality in Ireland with the tendency for the educational system to reproduce inequality.
5. Identify how gender identities are created and reinforced in education and society using the theories which regard gender as an important factor in arriving at an understanding of society.
6. Debate the writings of modern theorists on masculinity.
7. Analyse the traditional approaches to the study of poverty, the extent of poverty in Ireland and the national and European policies on poverty.
8. Examine how sociologists classify ?race? and racism, what has been written in Ireland about ?race? and ?racism?, how the Irish have been victims and perpetrators of racism, and where these concepts are important factors in society.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial15No Description
Online activity15No Description
Independent Study345No Description
Total Workload: 375

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

PART 1: Stratification and Mobility

Unit 1: Material Inequality

Unit 2: Prestige Inequality

Unit 3: The Class Structure of Advanced Societies - Part 1

Unit 4: The Class Structure of Advanced Societies - Part 2

Unit 5: Social Mobility in Industrial Societies

PART 2: Gender Inequality and Education

Unit 6: Social Class Position and Education

Unit 7: The Dynamics of Class Related Control and Resistance

Unit 8: Gender and Education

Unit 9: Theorising Gender

Unit 10: Living in a Class versus Gendered World

Unit 11: Theorising Masculinities


PART 3: Poverty and Social Exclusion

Unit 12: Poverty Studies

Unit 13: Definitions and Measurement of Poverty

Unit 14: The Extent of Poverty in Ireland

Unit 15: European Policy and Poverty

Unit 16: New Thinking on Social Exclusion and Poverty

Unit 17: A Case Study in Poverty: Social Dynamite

Part 4: Prejudice and Inter-Group Relations

Unit 18: What do 'Race' and 'Racism' Mean

Unit 19: Theoretical Perspectives on 'Race' and Racism

Unit 20: Some Perspectives on Race and Racism in the Irish Context

Unit 21: Making Sense of Irish experiences of 'Race' and Racism

Unit 22: 'Race', Nationalism and Contemporary Ireland: Three Case Studies

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Bulmer, Martin and Solomos, John: 1999, Racism,
  • Connell, R.W: 2005, Masculinities, Second,
  • Connell, R: 2009, Gender: Short Introductions,
  • Garner, S: 2003, Racism in the Irish Experience,
  • Giddens, A: 2009, Sociology, Sixth,
  • Grusky, D. B: 2001, Social Stratification in Sociological Perspective: Class, Race and Gender, Second,
  • Lentin, R. and McVeigh, R: 2002, Racism and Antiracism in Ireland,
  • Lynch, K. and Lodge, A: 2002, Equality and Power in Schools: redistribution, recognition and representation,
  • O’Sullivan, S: 2007, Contemporary Ireland: A Sociological Map,
  • Tovey, H., Share, P. Corcoran, M.P: 2007, A Sociology of Ireland, Third,
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