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COSOPOR3 Social Inequality and Exclusion 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
Social Policy
Person in charge
Svajone Mikene (MRU)
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2012 – 2015

General description

The course provides the knowledge of the main theories of stratification and methodological problems of survey of social structure as well as the discourse of social exclusion and the main aspects of social exclusion related with poverty, citizenship, gender, immigration, unemployment, etc.

Learning outcomes

The course aims to deepen students’ knowledge on theoretical conceptions of social inequality and social exclusion, develop the analytical abilities to perceive and analyze the different aspects of social inequality and social exclusion in society. Students will learn different theories, explaining social inequality conception and will be able to apply them in analysing social inequality. Students will get the knowledge about the main categories of social inequality and social exclusion and will develop abilities to perceive the formation of social inequality and exclusion in the society. Students will get deeper understanding of social exclusion, its causes, factors and forms and will be able to interpret the main causes of social exclusion.


1. Social inequality. Conception of social inequality, social stratification and social differentiation. Development of society’s social structure in the context of social inequality.
2. Social inequality conception in the classical and modern sociological theories. Categories of social inequality. Approaches of social classes and stratification systems: K.Marx, M.Weber, E.O.Wright, F.Parkin, G.Lenski, D.Grusky and others.
3. Social exclusion. Conception of social exclusion and typologies. Factors of social exclusion: Indicators of social exclusion. Causes of social exclusion. Forms of social exclusion. Social exclusion groups in the society. Social exclusion and social deviation. Poverty and social exclusion. The role of state in decreasing social exclusion.
4. Social economic inequality and exclusion. Criteria of social-economic inequality. Income, capital and social inequality. Capital and prestige. Social status.
5. Education, profession and social inequality. Social exclusion and learning process. Professional segregation and stratification. Schemes and principles of professional stratification. Categories of professional segregation. Indexes of professional segregation. Social mobility.
6. Tendencies of social inequality and exclusion. Gender inequality and social exclusion. Age and social exclusion. Ethnic and racial inequality and exclusion.
7. Social inequality and life style. Life style. Life style and consumption.
8. Social inequality and exclusion in post-soviet societies. Sociological research on social inequality and exclusion in Eastern and Middle European countries.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

Introductorylectures during Intensive Programme in Linz, tutoring supported by Moodle and individual study of the theoretical literature and analysis of statistical data. On-line discussions and a final essay.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Student knowledge is assessed according to the accumulative point system: active participation in the online discussions (30%), essay (70%).

Study materials

Recommended literature:

  1. Kerbo, Harold R. Social stratification and inequality: class conflict in historical, comparative, and global perspective. Harold R. Kerbo. 6th ed. Boston, 2006.
  2. Platt L. 2011. Understanding inequalities: stratification and difference. Cambridge; Malden (Mass.): Polity Press.
  3. Marger, M. N. 1999. Social Inequality. Patterns and Processes. Mayfield Publishing Co, USA.
  4. Agulnik, P. et al. 2002.Understanding Social Exclusion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. Barnes, M. et al. 2002. Poverty and social exclusion in Europe. Cheltenham; Northampton (Mass.): Edward Elgar.
  6. Nelson, Todd D. (ed.). 2002. Ageism: stereotyping and prejudice against older persons/ Cambridge; London: A Bradford Book: The MIT Press.
  7. Macey, Marie; Carling Alan H. 2011. Ethnic, racial, and religious inequalities: the perils of subjectivity. Basingstoke; New York (N.Y.): Palgrave Macmillan.
  8. Gijsberts, M., Hagendoorn, L., Scheepers, P.(eds.). 2004. Nationalism and exclusion of migrants: cross-national comparisons. Aldershot; Burlington (Vermont): Ashgate.
  9. Claire Dhéret. How to Reduce Socio-Economic Inequality in Europe? European Policy Centre (EPC), Brussels, Belgium, 2011. Websource. http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Digital-Library/Publications/Detail/?ots591=0c54e3b3-1e9c-be1e-2c24-a6a8c7060233&lng=en&id=130086
  10. Terry Ward, Orsolya Lelkes, Holly Sutherland, István György Tóth (eds.) European Inequalities: Social Inclusion and Income Distribution in the European Union. Budapest: TÁRKI Social Research Institute, 2009. Websource http://www.tarki.hu/en/publications/EI/

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