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Interdependent inequalities (10 LP)

Entry requirements

successful completion of the module Development theories and concepts (offered in winter semester)

Qualification aims

Students understand the social structures and their global interconnections of different countries in Latin America. They are able, both in groups and independently, to distinguish different approaches to inequality research as well as different dimensions of social inequalities, while taking into account relevant methods and good academic practice. Students also have basic knowledge of relevant social indicators as well as common social and fiscal policy approaches to redistribution and can analyze their distributive consequences.


Students learn different approaches to the study of social inequalities in Latin America, always with the interdependencies inherent in Latin American inequality structures in mind. Accordingly, students explore the intersectional dimension in terms of gender, ethnicity, class, etc., and the historical and transregional character of social inequalities both through relevant theories (including dependency and development, adaptation and creation, coloniality, (neo)extractivism, structural heterogeneity, entangled inequalities) and in the context of case studies of selected countries and regions in Latin America. Students also discuss common social indicators (inequality indices, ways of measuring welfare, etc.) and concepts of redistribution policies.


Teaching and learning methods: Vorlesung (V) + Hauptseminar (HS)

Module exam: Term paper (approx. 15 pages) or oral exam (approx. 20 minutes)

Offer: every summer semester