Social Divisions

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

First year module

Lecturer: Dr Shelley Budgeon

The course introduces students to the central issues of inequality and social divisions in modern society and their role in the development of sociological thought. The course will introduce students to the main traditions of sociological thinking about inequality and to key debates about the role of class, gender and ethnicity in modern societies.

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of inequality in modern societies.
  • Understand processes of class, gender and ethnicity and the relation among them.
  • Understand the role of inequality as an issue in the development of sociological thought and research.


  • Term One: 2000 summative essay (30%)
  • Term Three: 3 hour examination (70%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.