- Code SOCY2008
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Sociology, Health, Criminology
- Academic career UGRD
- Benjamin Hemmings
- Mode of delivery In Person
Winter Session 2020
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As societies develop in complexity, so attention has turned to the problem of managing the ensuing conditions of risk and uncertainty. From global finance, climate change and terrorism to intimate relationships, personal health and management of the self, institutions and individuals are increasingly expected to perform 'risk work'. This course will examine how they perceive, define and mitigate risks, especially via the use of technologies and specific knowledge frameworks. It will also explore those who make and take risks. We will consider the most influential theories of risk, and then apply these to analyse a series of case studies. The course provides a sociological introduction to risk studies and it encompasses a detailed overview of an issue that impacts significantly on the experience and governance of everyday life.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply sociological perspectives and conceptions to explain the nature, function and significance of risk.
- Analyse the impact of existing and emerging risks on the organisation and experience of social life and relations.
- Evaluate institutional responses to the generation, regulation and management of risks.
- Produce independent, sociologically informed research on particular facets of the risk society.
- Reflect on and discuss their learning in relation to the content of the course.
Expected Classes 2020, refer to the Timetabling and Wattle site for confirmation:
Monday 6 July, 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 8 July, 9am - 4pm
Friday 10 July, 9am - 4pm
Monday 20 July, 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 22 July, 9am - 4pm
Friday 24 July, 9am - 4pm
- Research Essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research Project, 2500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Seminar Participation, continuous (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of workshops, and 11 hours of student-led seminars; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsTulloch, J. and Lupton, D. 2003. Risk and Everyday Life, London: Sage.
This course assumes a basic understanding of sociological perspectives and approaches.
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