Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Sociology of Inequality

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites
Sutapa Majumdar General 4 None

 Brief Overview 

Social inequality is one of the significant features of modern society affecting individual and collective lives. Social inequality in simple term is defined as existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social groups within society. The level of inequalities could be experienced in terms of structure, culture and agencies.

The subject matter of inequality is vast and as a first step, we will attempt to understand the processes of inequality- that is why and how they happen. Then we will move into more specific examination of class, caste, race, ethnicity and gender inequality. All these five forms of inequalities will not only focus on the present period but will also link to broader historical context highlighting the crisis and attempt to develop workable solutions for addressing them. 

 Course Objectives 

  • In this course students will be able to identify, describe and distinguish existing social inequality and how inequalities affect everyday life.
  • The course will aim to review, interpret, categorize and explain how social inequality differs across racial, gender, and class boundaries within the country as well as how the native situation could be compared to other countries.
  • To appraise some of the central theoretical and conceptual tools used for understanding and studying inequalities and eventually reconstruct and revise, rewrite the same.
  • To propose innovative solutions to challenge the existing social inequality.  

 Teaching Methodology 

  • The course will use classroom teaching/discussion in conjunction with out of class participation.
  • Readings that would be given are optional. It is requested that students read the same to augment the classroom lectures.
  • The Instructor would use visual material in terms of various mediums. Film Screenings, photo documentation, short films would serve as a framework for the various issues discussed in class.
  • Field Research  


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!