Socio-cultural Differentiation

Course content

The objective of the course is to focus on key theories and concepts within the different forms of cultural and social stratification and on dynamics that generate equality and inequality and which transcend sociological theory and methods.

Important forms of stratification include gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, class, disability and religion.
The various forms of stratification and their relations can be studied by means of intra,- inter- and anti-categorical analyses. The nature and evolution of different types of social practice and values among population groups and nations in a European and global perspective.


Compulsery course on the 3rd semester of BSc Sociology.

Learning outcome


Students learn to  

·         understand how different social and identity categories work together and create different opportunities and conditions for individuals and groups

·         describe the categories’ mutual relations, history and current forms in the interface between similarity and recognition, discrimination and potential changes

·          analyse different forms of intersectional identities and practices in a range of institutional and policy contexts.


The course teaches students to

·         account for the formation of key concepts and theories

·         use intersectional categories and perspectives in a series of institutional contexts, e.g. policy processes.

·         use concepts, categories and perspectives in qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method sociological analyses.



At the end of the course, students are able to

·          evaluate and apply the theories and methods presented in a critical perspective

·         independently apply and differentiate theories and methods on



Lectures, and student exercises/ team work.

600-700 pages

Available in printed compendium + additional texts on Absalon.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Feedback after paper 1, paper 2 and final essay

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, -
Individual/group (max 4 students).
A written take-home essay is defined as an assignment that addresses one or more questions. The exam is based on the course syllabus, i.e. the literature set by the teacher. The written take-home essay 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.
Written aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 104
  • Exam Preparation
  • 60
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level

1 semester

See timetable.
110 persons
Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Claire Maxwell   (2-656f42757165306d7730666d)

Claire Maxwell, e-mail:

Saved on the 06-12-2021

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