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Explores the changing patterns of social hierarchy (income, power and status) and exclusion (prejudice and discrimination) within contemporary societies and globally, with a particular focus on Australia. The unit examines theoretical debates on causes and consequences and inequalities, and empirical patterns of hierarchy and exclusion, while also considering its effects on life chances.

The unit explains the increasingly complex nature of social inequalities today, and their links with state policies, globalizing market and culture. It is useful for anyone intending to work in fields of policy and human services.

Summary 2020

Unit name Social Inequalities: Global and Local
Unit code HGA262
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr Max Travers (Hobart), TBA (Launceston)

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

On campus: 2 x 1 hour lectures weekly (alternating weekly on-line and on-campus), 1 hour tutorial fortnightly (13 weeks). 

Off campus: Minimum of 3 hours weekly consisting of two online lectures, discussion forum participation and other reading.


Online quiz (10%); 1,000 word assignment (40%); 2,500 word assignment (50%)

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