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Course module: 201900020
201900020
Solidarity and social justice in contemporary societies
Course infoSchedule
Course code201900020
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Interdisciplinary social and behavioural sciences;
Contact persondr. M. Bal
E-mailM.Bal@uu.nl
Lecturers
Lecturer
dr. M. Bal
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M. Bal
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Lecturer
dr. M.A. Yerkes
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Teaching period
4  (26/04/2021 to 02/07/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
4
Time slotA: MON-morning, TUE-afternoon, WED-morning
Study mode
Full-time
Enrolment periodfrom 02/11/2020 up to and including 29/11/2020
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Post-registrationYes
Post-registration openfrom 25/01/2021 up to and including 26/01/2021
Waiting listNo
Aims
  • To be able to describe patterns of social problems, solidarity and social justice, in particular in relation to gender, economic inequality, intergenerational issues, migration and variation in social policy across European countries in an independent and scientific manner.
  • To be able to differentiate and compare social problems across European countries.
  • To be able to describe issues around social inequality in the field of work, care, welfare and health, and relate them to various sociological, psychological and political philosophical approaches for understanding social inequality in relation to solidarity and social justice.
  • To be able to recognize and differentiate these interdisciplinary theoretical approaches and apply them to European examples of social problems related to gender inequality, economic inequality, intergenerational inequality.
  • To be able to explain the ways in which social policy and societal sentiments influence and are influenced by social inequality and differing perspectives on solidarity and social justice.
  • The ability to reflect on these insights in written form from an interdisciplinary, social science perspective
Content
Social inequality is evident throughout Europe and beyond. Societies continue to face persistent structural inequalities arising from differences in ethnicity, class and gender. In fact, in recent years the class divide has become even stronger, with rising inequality between the rich and the poor. And despite important progress in previous decades, significant gender inequalities, such as unequal divisions of work and care, remain. At the same time, European societies are confronted with emerging inequalities in other contexts such as sexuality, migration and health. These emerging inequalities are often related to more structural forms of inequality along the lines of ethnicity, class and gender. As a result, European countries face complex social problems that require sufficient social policy responses.
 
In this course, you will become familiar with some of the most pressing social inequality issues as they relate to welfare and health. By focusing on European societies, you will learn to compare and contrast social inequality patterns, as well as societal and policy responses to social inequality. How do various societies respond to enduring, growing or changing inequalities? Do these challenges lead to an erosion of solidarity, in an 'us versus them' rhetoric? When and why do people stand up for social justice (or not)? And to what extent are we accepting of social inequality? Taking a sociological, psychological and political philosophical approach to these topics, this course offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding social inequality and the societal as well as social policy responses in contemporary Europe.
 
This course is offered within the minor Social Policy and Public Health, the minor Social Inequality in Contemporary Europe, and is an elective course within Sociology. This course offers students the opportunity to study questions about social inequality, solidarity and social justice from an interdisciplinary perspective, linking these issues to socially relevant themes and debates. Therefore the course fits well within the bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Science or Sociology.

Academic Skills
The ability to develop and defend a theoretically-informed standpoint about social inequality, solidarity and social justice in written form and in group discussions. The ability to compare and contrast national developments in social inequality and report on this in written form and in group discussions.
 
Competencies
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Entry requirements
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Prerequisite knowledge
First year of a social science bachelor or similar knowledge (e.g. policy and organizational studies, social geography, history, cultural studies)
Required materials
Yet to be specified
To be announced.
Instructional formats
Lecture

Class session preparation
Students should attend all lectures and they are required to read the course material prior to lectures, to participate actively during the lectures and to turn in all assignments on time.

Practical

Class session preparation
During the course students will participate in different activities, including a neighbourhood excursion, small group discussions and a data practical, to work on portfolio assignments. The portfolio requires students to complete and submit intermediate assignments on time and provide structured peer feedback. Students will be given further information during the course itself.

Tutorial

Class session preparation
The course literature needs to have been studied thoroughly beforehand. Weekly preparation for these tutorials focused on the literature requires answering questions about the literature beforehand and submitting these online. Students are expected to participate actively in the tutorials.

Tests
Digital exam
Test weight50
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
Knowledge of and insight into social policy responses in the form of solidarity and social justice to social problems related to gender, economic inequality, intergenerational issues and variation in social policy across European countries and the ability to reflect on these insights in written form from an interdisciplinary, social science perspective in a coherent manner.

Paper
Test weight50
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
Knowledge of and insight into social policy responses in the form of solidarity and social justice to social problems related to gender, economic inequality, intergenerational issues and variation in social policy across European countries and the ability to reflect on these insights in written form from an interdisciplinary, social science perspective.

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