• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, 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. Understand at a basic level 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. Produce an argument and marshal evidence for it in written work on development; and
  6. Develop a reasoned position on various issues in development.

    Indicative Assessment

    1000-word reflective essay – 20% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
    1200-word Research Essay Plan plus annotated bibliography – 20% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6]
    3500-word Research Essay – 50% [Learning Outcomes 1, 5, 6]
    Tutorial Participation or Tutorial Reflections – 10% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6]

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    130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SOCY2030


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    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    6 units

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    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $3216
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $4590
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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
    8121 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A
    10117 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 Online N/A

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