• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Sociology

The course surveys various sociological perspectives on global change and development.

Section one charts the history of the concept of development, using studies from Russia to Central America and Africa.

Section two examines resistance to social and political inequalities and their relationship to social change and development.

Section three draws upon contemporary critiques of development and progress and examines the concept of globalisation. These approaches will be assessed through examining a range of contemporary issues, ranging from the advent of the Newly Industrialising Countries, global consumerism, environmental degradation and global institutions.

Students will be encouraged to take these issues and apply them to their own specific fields of interest in global development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. possess a basic understanding of the relationship between the development of sociological thought and our understanding of the dynamics of global change;
  2. appreciate the political and historical developments that have influenced the 'making of the Third World';
  3. examine the rhetoric and the reality behind contemporary concepts or codewords, such as 'progress', 'modernisation', 'development' and 'globalisation';
  4. appreciate the complex interlinkages between the 'global' and the 'local';
  5. write clearly, i.e. to produce an argument and marshal evidence for it;
  6. understand the issues discussed and are able to develop a reasoned position.

Indicative Assessment

1. One research essay (2500 words)  45% [Learning outcomes 1, 2 & 5]

2. Three reflective markers – 600, 750 and 1000 words) 45% [Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 & 5]

3. Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning outcome 1,2,3,4,and 6)

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A total of 130 hours over the semester including 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 48 units of 1000 level courses including 12 units of SOCY or ANTH or POLS courses; or permission of the convenor. IncompatIbility: SOCY6045




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7963 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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