Diversity and Social Inequality


This module will enable learners to explore and examine the impact of social inequality on workers and their families, and the role of trade unions in responding to disunity amongst organised workers. Emphasis will be placed on workplace inequality with particular attention paid to the precarious nature of work and the discrimination associated with it.

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Identify the factors that contribute to social inequality and explain how trade unions can respond.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the legal framework surrounding workplace discrimination.
  • Develop workplace strategies to aid cultural inclusion and celebrate social diversity.


Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, K. (2010) The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, London: Penguin

Here’s something you might be asked to do in an assignment in this module:

Identify one issue that you consider to be a factor contributing to social inequality and explain how this is reflected in your employment.

This is an elective or optional module in the Trade Union Studies Certificate programme worth 5 credits. It will be delivered by way of five 3-hour night classes; 3 full day classes or a combination of each.