• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Bissell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This is a course all about the mobility of tourists, business people, refugees, passengers, commuters, students, backpackers, migrants, stowaways, pirates, terrorists—and many more. Challenging the way in which social science has been relatively ‘a-mobile’ until recently, through this course we will be getting to grips with how and why things move. What are the meanings attached to these movements? How fast do things move? What routes do these movements take? How and when do things stop? All of these questions generate new ways of thinking about the emergence, distribution, and patterning of power in our contemporary globalising world.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  1. Understand the most recent developments in social scientific thinking with regard to a conceptual understanding of mobility.
  2. Develop these ideas into arguments with reference to historical and contemporary examples of mobile processes.
  3. Demonstrate the different ways in which mobilities are defined within contemporary debates, and analyse their cultural, social and political implications.
  4. Select and interrogate relevant literature concerning the cultural, social and political aspects of contemporary mobility issues.
  5. Communicate their findings in written and oral form with reference to broader debates within Sociology and related disciplines.

Indicative Assessment

800 word tutorial paper: 20% 

1200 word tutorial paper: 30%

2000 word research essay: 40%

Tutorial Participation: 10%

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2 x 1 hour lectures

1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses; or permission of the convenor

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Unit value:
6 units

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2015 $2604
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2015 $3576
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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
3345 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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