- To seek, analyse and understand the properties of quantitative data associated with the study of social phenomena.
- To evaluate socioeconomic achievement studies starting from the relationship between theory and methodological developments.
- To understand the relationship between macro, meso and micro factors in the formation and reproduction of social inequalities.
- To be aware of the relationship between methodological advances and theoretical debates.
1. To be be aware of contemporary theories and debates about class stratification: employment relations; employment income; micro-classes; the role of qualifications and the concept of exploitation.
2. To be able to identify the most commonly used class schemes and socioeconomic indices (EGP, EO Wright, ISEI), their operationalization and their different theoretical foundations, similarities and differences.
3. To understand the concepts and the latest comparative empirical evidence on social mobility: the debate on meritocracy and the comparative study of relative mobility.
4. To be aware of the methodology for the study of mobility: mobility tables, Odds Ratios, log-linear models.
5. To know the concepts, methodology and the latest empirical comparative evidence on inequality of educational opportunities: Primary effects and secondary effects.
6. To understand the theoretical debates and empirical evidence on the effect of social capital and social networks on educational attainment and job success.
7. To be aware of the contemporary debates and the most recent evidence on the intergenerational transmission of social (dis)advantage: intelligence, non-cognitive capacities, personality traits and cultural capital.
8. To understand the conceptual and empirical relationship between income inequality and class inequality: relationships between income inequality and intergenerational mobility and between educational homogamy and income inequality.
9. To understand contemporary debates and comparative evidence on labour precariousness and the processes of dualization of the labour market, with special attention paid to the stratifying role of institutions.
10. To have knowledge of contemporary debates and comparative empirical evidence on the impact of social class on political behaviour: processes of class misalignment and realignment; class, political trust and participation; the socio-economic bases of populism and attitudes towards immigration.