module specification

SS5084 - Researching Diversities & Inequalities (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Researching Diversities & Inequalities
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
10 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
35 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Seminar presentation
Coursework 70%   Written report (2000 words)
Running in 2022/23

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Module summary

In order to understand and challenge inequalities, it is important to have good research evidence. In this module, a selected group of London Met academics will present their own, original research on key social issues of inequalities and diversities on global, national and local contexts.

This module is led by the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre and aims to engage students with the innovative research undertaken by the teaching team.

In so doing, this module will also help students to explore particular case studies, both globally and locally, in order to understand persistent inequalities through the intersectional lens of gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, religion and power relations.

This module aims to:

1. use original, high quality research to explain how inequalities are experienced and resisted across diverse contexts

2. explore the impact of inequality and social exclusion for particular groups of people within particular geographical and socio-cultural settings

3. examine how these issues can be researched using specific data gathering and analysis techniques


● Researching inequalities – challenges and opportunities   LO2

● Gender-based violence in Mexico   LO1

● Researching LGBTQI+ communities in London    LO2

● Migrants without resources to public funds   LO1

● Researching migrants in the Gulf region    LO2/LO3

● The ‘war on terror’ and middle class Pakistanis   LO2/LO3

● Youth, diversity and place: a case study of Tottenham  LO3

● The rise of nationalism in Europe    LO1

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching will comprise weekly lectures and interactive workshops;


Lecture notes and recommended reading will be available in Weblearn to support each session;


Teaching methods will include group work, lectures, workshops and supporting online materials.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Conceptualise inequalities and demonstrate understanding of how these are experienced in diverse ways in different contexts

2. Analyse research techniques and interrogate research evidence to examine and challenge inequalities and injustices

3. Apply learning to explore a particular case study through an intersectional lens

Assessment strategy

1. A short presentation based on a case study of your choice (+ 500 words reflection on the process of preparing and doing the presentation 30%)

2. A written report (2000 words) of the presentation (70%)


Library reading list created subject to Validation


Principle readings:

Bryman, A. (2016). Social research methods. Oxford university press.

Gutekunst, M., Hackl, A., Leoncini, S., Schwarz, J. S., & Götz, I. (Eds.). (2016). Bounded Mobilities: Ethnographic Perspectives on Social Hierarchies and Global Inequalities. transcript Verlag.

Nowicka, M., & Ryan, L. (2015). Introduction to the Thematic Section on "Researcher, Migrant, Woman: Methodological Implications of Multiple Positionalities in Migration Studies". In Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research (Vol. 16, No. 2).

Ryan, L., & Webster, W. (Eds.). (2008). Gendering migration: Masculinity, femininity and ethnicity in post-war Britain. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd..

Vertovec, S. (Ed.). (2015). Diversities old and new: Migration and socio-spatial patterns in New York, Singapore and Johannesburg. Springer.

Wiles, R., & Boddy, J. (2013). Introduction to the special issue: Research ethics in challenging contexts. Methodological Innovations Online, Volume: 8 issue 2


Supplementary reading:

Clark, T., Foster, L., Sloan, L., & Bryman, A. (2021). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press.

Clark, V., Ellis, S.J., Peel, E., & Riggs, D.W. (2012). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Intersex and queer psychology: An Introduction, 2nd ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Dwyer, T., Gorshkov, M. K., Modi, I., Li, C., & Mapadimeng, M. S. (Eds.). (2017). Handbook of the Sociology of Youth in BRICS Countries. World Scientific.

Fregoso, R. L., & Bejarano, C. (Eds.). (2009). Terrorizing Women. Duke University Press Books.

Gerrits, Andre (2015) Nationalism in Europe since 1945. Palgrave Macmillan.

Mbembe, A. Mbembe (2019). Necropolitics. Durham [North Carolina]: Duke University Press.

Ryan, L., Kilkey, M., Lőrinc, M., & Tawodzera, O. (2021). Analysing migrants' ageing in place as embodied practices of embedding through time: ‘Kilburn is not Kilburn any more’. Population, Space and Place, 27(3)

Ryan, L, Erel, U & D'Angelo, A. (2015). Migrant capital: Networks, identities and strategies. Springer.