SCALES OF INEQUALITY
Dr Jurgen Essletzbichler
Unit Value: 0.5 unit Year 3 Term 2
Objectives: The aim of this course is to introduce students to the complex and different processes that produce income inequality at various spatial scales from the global to the local.
- Causes, dimensions, scales and outcomes of inequality;
- Key approaches, concepts, debates in economics, sociology, philosophy, geography, health sciences;
- Historical and contemporary trends at the global, national and local scales;
- The role of geography and neighborhood effects on inequality and inter-generational transfer of wealth;
- Inequality and theories of social justice;
Evaluation: Practical assignment (40%) and course paper (60%)
Relationship to core skills teaching:
Teaching: Lectures, practicals and discussions
Advanced readingAtkinson, A.B. and Bourguignon, F. (eds) (2007). The Handbook of Income Distribution. Volume 1. Elsevier: Amsterdam.
Chakravorty, S. (2006). Fragments of Inequality: Social, Spatial and Evolutionary Analyses of Income Distribution. New York: Routledge.
Hills, J., Brewer, M., Jenkins, S., Lister, R., Lupton, R., Machin, S., Mills, C., Modood, T., Rees, T., Riddell, S. (2010). An Anatomy of Inequality in the UK. A Report from the National Equality Panel. Government Equalities Office: London.
IMF (2007). Growing Unequal. World Economic Outlook. IMF: Washington, DC.
OECD (2008). Growing Unequal. Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries. OECD: Paris.
Sen, A. K. 1992. Inequality Reexamined. Cambridge, Mass.: Russell Sage Foundation; Harvard University Press.
Smith, D. M. 1994. Geography and Social Justice. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell.
Smith, N. 2008. Uneven Development. Athens: Georgia.
Wilkinson, R. and Pickett, K. (2009). The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. Allen Lane: London.