Global inequality in a sociological perspective

Course content

The course focuses on presenting theory and empirical data on social inequality in a global perspective. Has global inequality grown in the last 20 years or has it diminished? Does globalization create more or less global inequality? Are fewer and fewer people owning more and more of the global wealth? These are some of the questions that are raised on the course and which are analyzed on the basis of different theories about what creates differences in 'wealth' between individuals and between different regions in the world (eg North / South, Asia / Africa / Europe) and what creates differences within the regions. Key topics are inequality in relation to ethnicity, gender, elites, power, health, social mobility, attractive resources (economy), and the like.  Different sociological and social science theories of inequality are used.


Elective course

Course package:

Welfare, inequality and mobility

Learning outcome


Students are expected to gain knowledge of a wide range of sociological theories of inequality. At the same time, they are expected to be able to account for empirical characteristics regarding inequality patterns in a global perspective.



The students are expected to acquire skills that make it possible to combine theoretical issues with empirical observations within the field of inequality.



The students are expected to acquire competencies in being able to combine the application of theories of inequality in an empirical field. In this context, the student will be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages between applying different theories to different empirical material.

Compendium will be used. More info in Absalon.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio, -
Individual or group (max. 4 students).
A portfolio assignment is defined as a series of short assignments during the course  that address one or more set questions and feedback is offered during the course. All of the assignments are submitted together for assessment at the end of the course. The portfolio assignments must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student.  Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 148
  • Exam
  • 30
  • English
  • 206