• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Social Research, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matt Withers
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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This course will introduce theories and perspectives that have shaped (and continue to reshape) sociological understandings of the world around us. By investigating the relationships between economy, society and culture that inform the experience of everyday life – in Australia and around the world – the course will examine how social inequalities are reproduced and contested. Through a focus on the themes of ‘work’, ‘care’ and ‘identity’, students will develop critical awareness of how the organisation of social and economic life varies across time, by place and according to positionality. We will consider key issues emerging from the transition from industrial to post-industrial societies in the Global North, while working to decolonise dominant perspectives by resituating these debates in Global South settings – where the majority of the world live and work.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand major sociological theories relating to the organisation of society, economy and culture;
  2. evaluate and compare the relevance of these theories in the Global North and Global South;
  3. apply these theories to everyday life and contemporary social issues; and
  4. reflect on and discuss their learning in relation to the course content using written and audiovisual media.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,3,4]
  2. Short Essay: 1000 words (25) [LO 1,2]
  3. Group Video Project: 4 minute video with script (1500 words equivalent) (30) [LO 3,4]
  4. Take-Home Examination: 1500 words (35) [LO 2,1]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks (lectures and student-led tutorials);

b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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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
5067 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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