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Division & Inequalities: Race & Ethnicity, Class & Religion - SOC00020I

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Emily Nicholls
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The module aims to further develop an understanding of sociological concepts, theories and debates of social divisions and inequalities concerning race and ethnicity, class and religion. It seeks to unravel the relationships between division and inequality. It will build on knowledge of appropriate social theory and extend and develop the students sociological imagination. It will help them develop critical thinking via the connections between theoretical and empirical work and show how social theory and sociology can inform and address the existence of inequalities.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module student will have:

  • developed an understanding of social divisions and inequalities relating to race and ethnicity, class and religion
  • developed an understanding of relationships between division and inequality
  • attained a knowledge of relevant social theory and an expanded sociological imagination
  • developed critical thinking regarding theoretical and empirical work
  • formed an awareness of how social theory and sociology informs and addresses inequalities

Academic and graduate skills: students will

  • have a greater knowledge and experience of critical thinking and analysis
  • have an experience of applying their knowledge in the judgement and evaluation of evidence
  • have greater experience of and confidence in their written and oral communication skills
  • have experience of and be able to recognise the value of group working


Task Length % of module mark
Assessment 1 - Portfolio 1
N/A 20
Assessment 2 - Portfolio 2
N/A 20
Assessment 3 - Portfolio 3
N/A 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Assessment 1 - Portfolio 1
N/A 20
Assessment 2 - Portfolio 2
N/A 20
Assessment 3 - Portfolio 3
N/A 60

Module feedback

Feedback at University level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme by providing commentary on your work to date. So feedback means more than just written comments on written work. We aim to help you to reflect on your own learning and to feel clearer about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you informative and summative assessments. The University guidelines for feedback are available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.

You will receive feedback in a number of forms:

  • On any formative (non-assessed) work, you will receive written or verbal feedback about how to improve your work (though you may not receive a mark)

  • On summative work (work that is assessed) you will receive detailed written feedback from the marker. This is intended to show areas in which you have done well, and areas in which you need to improve.

  • Your supervisor will also give you feedback on your work. S/he will be able to look across a range of your work and discuss ways in which you can build on your strengths and improve in any areas


Feedback on your summative written work is made available to you online via e:vision. You will receive an email telling you when it is ready to look at. You are then advised to take this work (printed out or on your laptop) to your regular meeting with your academic supervisor. Your supervisor will be able to look at your work with you and address any queries you have, as well as advise you on ways to improve your work.


Feedback on Exam Scripts

You can ask for feedback on your exam performance from your supervisor, who will go through your examination script(s) with you and discuss the areas in which you did well, and those in which you need to improve. However, you may not take the script away with you, or photocopy the script. If you would like to discuss your exam performance, please let your supervisor know at least two working days in advance of your meeting, so that they can make sure they have the script with them when you meet.


Indicative reading

  • Back, L, and Solomos, J. (eds.) (2000) Theories of Race and Racism: A reader. Psychology Press.
  • Bourdieu, P. (1984) Distinction, Harvard University Press.
  • Bruce, S. (2002) God is Dead: secularization in the West, Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Dorling, D. (2011) Injustice: Why social inequality persists. Policy Press.
  • Garner, S (2010) Racisms, Open University Press.
  • Lawler, S. (2014) Identity (2nd Edition) Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Payne G (2006) Social Divisions, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Skeggs, B (2003) Class, Self, Culture, Routledge.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.