Module Overview

Power and Inequality

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the work of key sociological theorists and in particular to examine how these thinkers address power and inequality, concepts which have a critical baring on Community and Youth Work issues. Students will explore and debate these ideas and assess their relevance for understanding Community and Youth Work in Ireland today.

Module Code

SACD H4036

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Pierre Bourdieu

Habitus; Field; Class; Capital; Social Capital; Cultural Capital Symbolic Capital

Anthony Giddens

Structuration; Modernity; The Third Way and the reform of the welfare state; Reflexivity

Michel Foucault

External and Internal Discipline; Knowledge and Truth; Relationship between the objective and subjective; Governmentality

Antonio Gramsci

Hegemony; Civil Society; The Superstructure and Social Change

John Rawls

Social Justice; The 'Original Position' and the 'Veil of Ignorance'

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70