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Inequality and Society
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Inequality and Society

University of Sunderland
Sunderland, Great Britain
 1173 Points
1 Year
Start date
Oct 2022

Program Description

Why does inequality exist and what can we do about it? In this theoretical and research-based course, you'll examine the major causes of inequalities in our world. You'll explore the nature of intersectionality, including how factors such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age and others come together and how certain groups face unique forms of disadvantage. You'll develop as a researcher and work out strategies that can be used to change the unequal world in which we live in order to help to achieve equity and social justice.

You'll have opportunities to develop your own employability skills and depending on your chosen modules, to learn skills such as conference speaking, using social research software such as Nvivo and SPSS, writing a report for global bodies such as the United Nations, writing a campaign strategy for an activist movement and developing electronic resources such as blogs, podcasts and YouTube clips.

A European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Institute
English Level
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.


  • We do recommend that applicants have a knowledge of sociological theories and concepts before entering the course.

Other accepted English language qualifications:

  • O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language: grade C or above (UK Exam board)
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II: Merit or Distinction

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL):

  • If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course.

Important information:

  • We welcome applicants with degrees in areas such as social sciences, psychology, business, law, education, humanities, health, arts, technology and the sciences.
  • We offer a Social Theory Summer School in October, before the course starts to cover the basics, but we recommend applicants read about sociological theories before the course starts.
  • If you do not have the necessary level of English you may need to take one of the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) University Preparation Courses before you begin your course.


Semester 1 (Core Modules)

Inequality, Diversity and Intersectionality: Theory and Practice

Research and Evidence

Semester 2 (Optional Modules)

Mind, Body and Health Inequalities

Fear of a Queer Planet? Sexuality and Inequality

Identities, Inequalities and Exploitation in the Media: Exploring the Digital Divide

Global Childhoods

A Troubled World? Activism, Resistance and Social Justice

Risk, Austerity and Neoliberalism Sex, Gender and Sexuality: Citizenship, Choice and the State

Semester 3

Inequality and Society Dissertation


Graduates of this course will be able to forge careers:

  • As equality and diversity champions in the public/statutory, private, non-profit and education sectors, for example schools, colleges, the armed forces and private businesses.
  • Working for the government, private organisations, local authorities and international bodies as a social researcher or policy analyst.
  • Working with groups such as BAME, asylum seekers, refugees, LGBTQI+ people and women’s rights.
  • Working in organisations that offer support to other disadvantaged groups such as the homeless, domestic abuse, exploitation and organisations that tackle poverty and exclusion.
  • In community and youth work with children, young people, adults and older people.
  • Working in organisations that tackle the social causes of health inequalities and public health.
  • Human rights research, development and policy, including campaign work on a national or international basis.
  • Working locally and globally for international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in national and international development work, advocacy and research.
  • In the criminal justice system, for example the police, probation service, prisons and working to combat hate crimes.
  • Working with both victims and perpetrators.

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