• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Joseph McCarthy
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course introduces students to sociological perspectives on global change and development. It examines the concepts of development and globalisation in historical and contemporary contexts, incorporating case studies from varied regions including Asia, Africa and Latin America. Key issues addressed in the course are the interplay between economic growth and equality, environmental degradation and the role of geopolitics and global institutions.

A central theme of the course is social and political inequality and its relationship to social change and development. There is a focus on forms of resistance, critiques of globalisation and the limits of geopolitical terms such as 'third world'.

Although this course utilises a sociological lens to study development, it does not require any experience in sociology.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand sociological perspectives on globalisation, global inequality and development;
  2. explain the political and historical developments that have shaped concepts such as the third world, progress and development;
  3. analyse the relationship between the local and the global in the context of development;
  4. carry out independent research on development issues drawing on relevant sociological literature; and
  5. reflect on and discuss their learning in relation to the content of the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Short Paper, 1000 words (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Reflective essay, 1500 words (25) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. Research essay, 3500 words (50) [LO 1,3,4]
  4. Tutorial participation (or written reflection for off-campus students) (10) [LO 5]
  5. (null) [LO null]
  6. (null) [LO null]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts required for this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7892 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A
10014 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 Online N/A

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