The Psychology of Inequality: From Poverty to Power (C8898)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Economic inequality is at historically high levels and is a pressing social, economic, political, and moral issue in many societies. In this module, we will discuss the psychology of inequality. The module begins by focusing on the consequences of the overall level of economic inequality within a society; first placing the current level in historical context and then discussing its consequences for health and well-being.

We then shift to focusing on the consequences of occupying a specific position within an unequal society by discussing the psychological consequences of social class, education, poverty, wealth and power. We then discuss the consequences of inequality for groups, including the stereotypes associated with high or low status groups, the psychological processes associated with gender inequality, and the strategies low-status groups use to cope with their position. Finally, we discuss interventions that have been designed to reduce the negative consequences of inequality.

Teaching

88%: Lecture
12%: Practical (Workshop)

Assessment

100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: