• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply sociological perspectives and conceptions to explain the nature, function and significance of risk.
  2. Analyse the impact of existing and emerging risks on the organisation and experience of social life and relations.
  3. Evaluate institutional responses to the generation, regulation and management of risks.
  4. Produce independent, sociologically informed research on particular facets of the risk society.
  5. Reflect on and discuss their learning in relation to the content of the course.

Other Information

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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research Project, 2500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Seminar Participation, continuous (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed a minimum of 12 units of Sociology (SOCY) courses; or with the permission of the course convener.

Prescribed Texts

Tulloch, J. and Lupton, D. 2003. Risk and Everyday Life, London: Sage.

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes a basic understanding of sociological perspectives and approaches.




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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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