The Psychology of Inequality: From Poverty to Power

Module code: C8898
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Seen examination, Coursework

In this module, you discuss the psychological consequences of living in an unequal society, and how a person's position within a status hierarchy affects how they think, behave, feel, and interact with others.

You discuss the individual consequences of social class, education, poverty, wealth, and power, before moving on to discuss more collective forms of inequality, such as how people deal with the stigma associated with being a member of a low status group, the various forms and consequences of gender inequality, and how the way inequality is structured in a society alters how people and groups react to it.

You also discuss how psychological theories relate to real-world events, and evaluate several interventions that have been designed to alleviate some of the negative consequences associated with low status.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of contemporary psychological research regarding inequality, and the ability to critically evaluate this research
  • Demonstrate the skills required to critically evaluate and synthesise empirical research with psychological theory
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply social psychological theories and research to social and political issues surrounding inequality
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate complex material in a clear and focused manner