Structure and Social Inequalities

Name: Structure and Social Inequalities
Code: SOC2412L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Sociology

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese
Regime de Frequência: Presencial


CU offers students great sociological formulations about class, ethnic and gender inequalities, in order to understand the dynamics of socio-professional recomposition.

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

This curricular unit aims at social inequalities, including inequalities of class, gender and ethnicity, and is guided by the following goals:
a) present and discuss social inequalities and occupational rearrangement in Portuguese society
b) develop reflective and analytical skills based on a set of conceptual proposals about structure and social inequality in contemporary societies;
c) develop operational skills regarding the use of the concepts for analyse social classes


Introduction: Social inequalities and the problem social classes/strata
A. Main theoretical frames
1 historical materialism and the theory of social classes
2 The functionalist paradigm and the theory of social stratification
3 Contemporary achievements
3.1 Bourdieu praxiology: habitus, field and action
3.2 The emergence of citizenship and the new social movements
3.3 Contemporary structuring of social inequalities: gender, ethnicity, poverty
B. Measuring issues and operational procedures
C. Social occupational dynamics in Portuguese and western societies

Teaching Methods

Unit to be taught by theoretical-practical sessions, classroom-based, and practical exercises sessions via platform-moodle UEvora.
Tutorial sessions and self-study in accordance with Bologna Process recommendations.
In addition to the content presentation by the teacher, the classes also count on the students participation who, individually or in small groups, and based on resources previously distributed or gathered through self-study, will contribute to streamline sessions and learning and reflexivity about programmatic contents.
a) Continuous Evaluation:
2 Written tests = (35%+35%) = 70%
1 Working paper = 30%
b) Evaluation by final exam:
1 Written test = 65%
1 Working paper = 35%.
Note: Working paper as practical work developed in the semester under teacher supervision.

Teaching Staff