Global inequality - trends and tendencies in a sociological perspective

Course content

The course focuses on presenting theories and empirical data regarding global social inequality. Are fewer and fewer people owning more and more of the global wealth? Has global inequality grown in the last 20 years or has it diminished? Does globalization create more or less global inequality? These are some of the questions that are raised on the course and which we analyze 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. Central topics are inequality in relation to gender, ethnicity, elites, power, health, social mobility, economy, and the like.  Different sociological and social science theories of inequality are used.


Bachelor elective course


From Autumn 2022 the course is also offered to students at:

- Bachelor Programmes in Anthropology

- Master Programmes in Global Development

- Bachelor Programmes in Economics

Enrolled students can register the course directly through the Selfservice without a preaproval. Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.



Learning outcome

On successful completion of the course, the student is able to:


  • Account for  wide range of sociological theories of inequality.
  • Describe empirical characteristics regarding inequality patterns in a global perspective.



  • To combine theoretical issues with empirical observations within the field of global inequality.



  • Apply theories of inequality to an empirical field.
  • Evaluate  advantages and disadvantages between applying different theories to different empirical material.

Lectures and different types of exercises.

Compendium will be used.

The course can also be followed by BA-students from other social science areas and by students with an overall knowledge and interest in global inequality.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio, -
Type of assessment details
Individual or group. 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
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 80
  • Project work
  • 55
  • Exam Preparation
  • 29
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor choice

1 semester

See timetable
Vejl 46 personer.
Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Economics
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Carsten Strøby Jensen   (3-66766d43767266316e7831676e)

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Saved on the 27-01-2023

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