This course provides a critical examination of various form of inequalities within New Zealand and globally. Classical and contemporary theories that attempt to explain inequality will be explored. Analysis of the relationship between privileged and underprivileged groups will be examined with particular attention on how the privileged groups benefit from the labours and oppression of the underprivileged. Examples may include consumerism (how the availability of cheap consumer goods in the West is facilitated by global inequities in wealth); the Treaty of Waitangi and contemporary Māori and Pakeha relations; heterosexism and homophobia.
Co-ordinator - Dr Melanie Beres